Glory To Glory
Most of us understand the concept but have a hard time envisioning anything truly perfect. Everything in your earthly experience is flawed, imperfect. And for those who know and love God, the imperfections we are most deeply aware often tend to be your own. We were not speaking of the frailties of our bodies though you feel those all too well. But the imperfections that trouble you most are not that superficial. The real problem is a sinfulness that comes straight from the heart.
You were not alone in this. The entire universe suffers the effects of human sin. Paul also writes, “We know that the whole creation has been groaning together in pains of childbirth until now” (Romans 8:22). That is why all we can know on earth is imperfection. All creation agonizes under the cruel effects of sin’s curse, waiting for the consummation of all things when the curse will be finally removed.
The heaven is a perfect place for people made perfect. The perfection is the goal of God’s sanctifying work in you. God is not merely making you better than you are; he is conforming us to the image of His Son. God is making you fit to dwell in His presence forever. The utter perfection of heaven is the consummation of your salvation. It is purpose for which He chose you before the foundation of the world.
Bishop Jordan believes that God begins the process of perfecting you from the moment you are converted from unbelief to faith in Christ. The Holy Spirits regenerates you. God gives you a new heart with a new set of holy desires. God transforms your stubborn wills. Master Prophet believes that God opens your hearts to embrace the truths rather than reject it. God enables you to believes rather than doubts, God gives you a hunger for righteousness and a desire for God. And thus the new birth transforms the inner person. From that point on, everything that occurs in your life, good or bad. He uses to make you like Christ.
“We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose. We know this because God knew them in advance, and he decided in advance that they would be conformed to the image of his Son. That way his Son would be the first of many brothers and sisters. Those who God decided in advance would be conformed to his Son, he also called. Those whom he called, he also made righteous. Those whom he made righteous, he also glorified.”