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Of Glorification

The Resurrection

We began this series on the subject of Total Depravity and we now end it on the doctrine of Glorification. This is the complete opposite of depravity; it is other end of the spectrum. In Total Depravity, we are all very, very bad. But we know that God chose a people in the process of Election and all those chosen will be born again (Regeneration) and will have the Spirit of God within them. They have now been Sanctified and Justified and will someday be Glorified. They shall be made very, very good.

The Apostle Paul runs through this whole process in Romans 8:29-30, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”

I would like to deal with this subject in three parts:

1. The Resurrection and Change.
2. The Future State and Abode of the Elect.
3. Fallacious Eschatology (stupid things people think about the last days).

Let us look at Point #1: The Resurrection and Change.

Folks, there is coming a day (sounds like a good song), which will be the very last day of the earth. I want to describe this day as simply as I can.

If you are still alive on the last day, I need you to understand something: It is going to be a very busy day. So busy that you will need to cancel all your appointments, take off from work or school and if you like to sleep late, so sorry but you will have to get up. An alarm clock is going to ring that will wake you up…and everyone in the whole world will hear that very same alarm clock at the very same time. It will not be a ringing bell or a crowing rooster; it is going to be a loud and long trumpet blast. When you hear that trumpet blast, you will run outside to find out what in the world is going on. When you get outside you will look up at the sky and you will see the strangest sight you have ever seen…The sky will rip open and there will be a rift between time and eternity. A man will walk out from the rift…he will step out from eternity and into time. He will be standing in the air and everyone will see him. The folks in Antarctica, the folks on the North Pole, in Africa, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia…all over the world will see this. The man will open his mouth and shout. A thrill will run through you as you hear that shout and something wonderful will take place within your body. You will feel like you have never felt before. In a flash, your eyes will see things that are more than spectacular. It will be amazing; it is like you were blind before all this. Your ears will hear music and words that are so beautiful that it is as if you had been deaf all these years. You will look on the man again and you will know who He is: He is the Lord Jesus Christ and you must go to where He is, and believe it or not, you can go to Him because you can fly! And so you fly right up into the air and you come to that place in the sky where your Lord is. And there you wait for what He has to say. So, there you are: standing with the Lord in the air, eternally changed.

If you are not alive on that day—if you have already passed away and your spirit and soul have gone to be with the Lord and your body remained on the earth—I need you to understand something: You are NOT going to miss the events that I described in the paragraph above. You will come down with Jesus from eternity back into time...but when He stops and stands in the sky, you will continue downward…you will keep going down, down, down to the place where your dead body lies, and in one instant, your soul, body and spirit will be joined back together and you are alive again. You will feel just like those people I described above and you will feel the same sensations they feel…and you will have a burning desire to go right back up where Jesus had stopped and stood in the air. And so you do…you fly right up to the place where He is. So, there you are: standing with the Lord in the air, resurrected and eternally changed.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

I have heard people say that they want to see the graves break open and the dead rise up on the last day; but not me. Seriously, I could not care less about all those people coming out of the graves and living again because my whole attention will be on the Lord. I am going to be way too busy with my own personal situation and pondering this new wonderful feeling I now experience. And what a feeling that will be! It will be a feeling that we have never had before and it is a feeling that neither I nor anyone else can describe. The best of storytellers cannot describe the feeling…why? Because no one who has ever lived on this earth has ever felt it before. What is this feeling? It is undyingness and timelessness.

Think about it this way: we ask questions to people we see, questions like: “How are you?” “How do you feel?” “How’s is going?” “What you up to?” “What up?” etc. Some will answer back, “Oh, I’m fine” “I’m doing well” or they might be honest and say “Life stinks” “I hate my job” “I have a sick headache” etc. Here’s an answer I hear a lot, “Oh, I’m getting old, Dave.” Yeah, I hear ya talking. I know what yer saying. Me three. I am getting old as well, and getting old makes you tired. Time is going way too fast for me. I wonder how it must feel to exist in a place where there is no time. To be in a body that does not age. To be immortal…we can’t really picture that, can we? The march of time is so dominant that we cannot imagine an existence without time or existing in a body that does not age. But I so much want to know how it is. I can’t wait to know, in fact, I’m dying to know!! Literally!

And think about this: have you ever been at a great church meeting and you got so charged up that you resolved to keep this feeling all week long. How long did it last? I think I actually made it to Monday evening one time. I tried so hard but there are so many distractions: billboards, TV, Internet, mean and angry people, profanity, bad traffic, ingratitude, working for a living, swine children, etc. It all gets to you. If that’s not enough, I’ve got all that sin nature within me: anger, jealousy, revenge, desire, lust, pride, etc. Oh how wonderful it will be to not have all that crud in me! To never feel a sinful, terrible, hurtful thought or feeling! Wow! Bring that on! God has brought us from totally depraved to totally saved: soul, body and spirit. What a relief that will be!

1Corinthians 15:51-57 “Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Amen and amen. We started out in sin and ruin and we end up in eternal glory. Talk about a happy ending!

“We have our troubles here below,
We’re trav’ling through this world of woe,
To that bright world where loved ones go,
Where all is peace and love.

We’re fettered and chained up in clay
While in this body here we stay;
By faith we know a world above,
Where all is peace and love.

I feel no way like getting tired,
I’m trusting in His Holy Word
To guide my weary feet above,
Where all is peace and love.”

--“The Christian’s Hope” by H. A. Parris, 1907

Thank you,
David Montgomery
"...we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed..."
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