The Ultimate Finish Line
Thursday, May 17th, 2018
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” Heb 12:1
It is an undeniable fact that most races are not won by the swift but one that endures to the end. The born again in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection should not allow anything to distract them from crossing the ultimate finish line. Like a race, our lives have a precise beginning time and a distinct ending point. Like it or not, we are all in a race from birth to death. There are many Scriptures in the Bible that describe life as being like a race. One of the biggest challenges in this life of faith in the righteousness of God is to stay focused and motivated till the end.
The ultimate finish line for our race in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness is our glorification in Christ.
Let us examine this word ‘glorification’ deemed as our ultimate finish line.
- What Is Glorification?
Glorification is the completion, the consummation, the perfection and the full realization of salvation. Rom 8:30 Glorification is about victory. Eph 1:18-23 We shall share in this victory through our inheritance and glorification with Christ. Rom 8:11, 15, 16-17, 29, 1 Cor 15:54-57 Glorification is about change in both physical and spiritual. Implying our entrance spiritually into the presence of the Lord at death and our entrance physically into the presence of the Lord at His return. 1 Thess 4:13-18 In 1 Cor 15:35-57, Paul describes the process of our physical change that relates to our body that would become like Christ. Our bodies will go from weakness to glorification. Basically, glorification speaks about the newness of life in Christ Jesus. Rom 8:19-22, Rev 21:1-8
- Preparing For Glorification
It is imperative for born again children of God who have received perfect remission of sin and the indwelling Holy Spirit by faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness to cultivate endurance to the end. We ought to follow Christ and others who have gone before us and ended their race in glorification. In the process we ourselves are able to lead others to the ultimate finish line. Endurance is cultivated by our life of faith in the Gospel Truth of God’s Righteousness. Our preparation for glorification is further strengthened and cultivated through our earnest anticipation of Christ’s return to take us home for eternity. 1 Cor 9:24-27
- The Hope Of Glorification
Paul in Rom 8:31-39 highlights three important factors that solidifies our hope of glorification. Firstly, in vs 32, Paul declares that our inheritance in the saints is inevitable. God is faithful!! Secondly, in vs 34, Paul affirms that our Savior Jesus Christ, Who redeemed us from the curse of the law, sin and slavery to Satan is undefeatable. Jesus reigns!! Finally, in vs 37, Paul confirms that our victorious redemption through Jesus’ baptism and death is inescapable. God is love!! The hope of glorification is the fulfilment of our perfect salvation in Christ Jesus with the sealing of the Holy Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee for the ultimate finish line.
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