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The Glory of Heaven

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September 27, 2020
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Dr. Jack Graham's mission is to glorify God by introducing Jesus Christ to as Lord to all people.

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  • Romans 5, verse 1 saysthis: 5) Therefore, since we
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  • have been justified by faith, wehave peace with God through our
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  • Lord Jesus Christ. 2) ThroughHim we have obtained access by
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  • faith into this grace in whichwe stand, We not only are saved
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  • by grace, but we stand in thatgrace. We are secured forever in
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  • that grace. And watch thisphrase: 2) ... and we rejoice in
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  • hope of the glory of God ... werejoice in hope of the glory of
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  • God. We celebrate God's glory.Now we need to answer the
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  • question: What is glory? What isGod's glory? We talk about glory
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  • quite often, we speak of it, wesing of it, but sometimes I
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  • don't think we realize theimpact of this great word. In
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  • the Old Testament it is a wordwhich means weighty or heavy,
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  • and it is descriptive of thegreatness of God expressed in
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  • the glorious presence of God.The glory of God, if you want a
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  • theological definition, isdescribed as the visible
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  • manifestation of all Hisattributes... His love, His
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  • character, His omnipotence, Hisomnipresence, His holiness...
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  • These are the attributes of God.So a visible manifestation of
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  • His attributes. Note that it'svisible; it's something we
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  • see... the visible manifestationof His attributes, His
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  • character... who He is, and Hisperfection. The glory of God
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  • also speaks of the beauty of HisSpirit, which emanates from His
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  • character... all He is, Hisglory is who He is. And before
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  • time began in eternity-past Godwas in His glory. And when He
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  • created the heavens and theearth... the universe, it was
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  • for and by His glory; that allthings have been created. And
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  • all you have to do is stepoutside and if you have eyes of
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  • faith, you can see on a starlitnight or a moonlit night or a
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  • glorious sunrise, a beautifulglorious day, you can see the
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  • glory of God. Because thepsalmist said [Psalm 19:1] "The
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  • heavens declare the glory ofGod..." He is glorious because
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  • He is full of glory. It speaksof His weight and heaviness. It
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  • also speaks of His worth, Hisacclaim, the value of who He is!
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  • And throughout the Old TestamentGod's glory was seen in His
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  • people Israel. Seen first in Hisperfect... the perfection of His
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  • attributes, seen secondly in Hispeople Israel as the glory of
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  • God rested upon His children.Even in the desert His Shekinah
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  • Glory moved among them and uponthem. Ultimately in a tabernacle
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  • in the holy place where God'sglory rested, then in the temple
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  • the glory of God was present inthat place and among that
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  • people. But ultimately the gloryof God came in a person, the
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  • person of Jesus Christ. For Johnsaid, [John 1:14] "We beheld His
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  • glory, the glory as of the onlybegotten of the Father, full of
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  • grace and truth." In JesusChrist the glory of God was
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  • perfectly manifested. "When theWord was made flesh and dwelt
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  • among us." And that glory came.No wonder on that night that
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  • Jesus was born the angelsexclaimed, [Luke 2:14] "Glory to
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  • God in the highest, and on earthpeace, goodwill toward all
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  • people." Yes, His glory came inJesus, because Jesus is God. He
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  • is the glorified One. He is theglorious one, and the disciples
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  • would see and all who believecould see, and those even who
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  • were unbelievers saw the gloryof God in miracle working power
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  • and the manifestations of Hisglory. One day three of the
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  • disciples were allowed to get asneak peek of the future kingdom
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  • of God. It's called theTransfiguration. There on a
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  • mountain Jesus drew aside withPeter, James and John and He was
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  • transfigured. It was ametamorphosis. Jesus was
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  • transfigured, and they saw theglory of Jesus. Because in that
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  • moment everything that Jesus wason the inside was manifest on
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  • the outside. And standing therewith Him in the kingdom was
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  • Moses and Elijah, representingthe Law and the Prophets,
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  • because Jesus is the fulfillmentof the Law and the Prophets.
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  • They tried to destroy the gloryof God and nailed Him to a
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  • cross, but you cannot destroyGod's glory because on the third
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  • day Jesus came out of the graveand glorious resurrection. He
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  • ascended on high and one dayHe's coming again in great glory
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  • with His holy angels! [applause]Jesus is the glory of God! And
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  • in heaven we see God's glory. Wesee the glory and the perfect
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  • attributes of God. We see gloryin a people, Israel and a place,
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  • the Temple. When Jesus died onthe cross the veil which
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  • separated the glory of God fromman was split from top to bottom
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  • not to let God out, but to letus in. That's why Paul said here
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  • we now have access because ofGod's grace, because of God's
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  • gift, we now have access tostand in His presence. So the
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  • glory of God came in a place anda people and the perfect
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  • attributes of God came in theperson perfectly in Jesus
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  • Christ, and ultimately inparadise we experience face to
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  • face the glory of God. He willbe in his glory forever. And the
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  • book of Revelation tells us inRevelation 21:23, "And the city
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  • (speaking of the heavenly city)has no need of sun or moon to
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  • shine on it, for the glory ofGod gives it light." No more
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  • night but His glorious light andit's lamp is the Lamb. We will
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  • see the glory of God. So heavenis sometimes referred to as
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  • glory... glory. I'm on my way toglory! Why is heaven referred to
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  • as glory? Because He is there!God in all of His glory is
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  • there. Isaiah saw it... the Lordhigh and lifted up and those
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  • angelic beings surrounding thethrone and people praising God.
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  • "Glory to God in the highest!"Glory and honor and power and
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  • blessing to our God. Heaven isall about Him! Glory means
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  • praise or exaltation. When wegive glory to God, we are giving
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  • Him honor and praise andworship. And that is the reason
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  • God has made us! The WestminsterCatechism or confession says
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  • this about the purpose ofmankind: "The chief end of man
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  • is to glorify God and enjoy Himforever." That is God's plan and
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  • God's purpose for your life,that you would glorify God and
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  • enjoy Him. Not just now, butforever. It starts today by
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  • glorifying God here and now,because we are to live for God's
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  • glory. In 1 Corinthians 10:31the scripture says "Whatever you
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  • do, do it all to the glory ofGod." Now that is biblical
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  • principle that we all can liveby... when we make decisions,
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  • when we choose our activities,how we will live, how we behave.
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  • Every... Every day we should beasking ourselves, how can I
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  • glorify God in this? Or is thisthing that I am doing... does it
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  • glorify God? If it doesn'tglorify God, don't do it. And if
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  • it glorifies God, do it with allof your heart, mind, soul, and
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  • strength. Whatever you do, do itall to the glory of God." That
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  • is, to the acclaim and the fameof Him who is glorious. When
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  • Jesus called us to follow Him,He called us to come and share
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  • in His glory. Glorious isheaven. And the reason that
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  • heaven is glorious? Because Heis there. He is there. Glory has
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  • a name and His name is Jesus. InPhilippians chapter 2, we're
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  • told that, [Philippians 2:10]"At the name of Jesus every knee
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  • will bow and every tongueconfess that He is Lord [what?]
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  • to the glory of God the Father."And the reason that heaven is so
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  • thrilling and transforming andtriumphant for Christians is
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  • because we live glimpsing Hisglory, sharing His glory, and
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  • His presence is heaven to us! Soheaven is here. The kingdom of
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  • God is now. The kingdom ofheaven is now, but oh so much
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  • greater and better will we seeand behold Him in His glory. It
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  • would have been wonderful tohave seen Christ in His humanity
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  • and His flesh, to see Himperform miracles, to walk with
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  • His disciples in Galilee. Thatwould have been fantastic, but
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  • we're going to see somethingbetter than that. We will see
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  • Jesus in His glory... in Hisglory. And with that we will
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  • share His glory and wear Hisglory forever because we will
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  • live in glorified bodies in theglory of heaven. Romans 8 and
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  • verse 30 puts it this way: "Andthose whom He predestined He
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  • also called, and those He calledHe also justified, and those
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  • whom He justified He also(here's our word) glorified."
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  • When we are in heaven we will beglorified with God. Now remember
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  • that salvation is a process inwhich God has and is and will
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  • save us. You might call itsalvation in three tenses: past,
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  • present and future. We have beensaved, we are being saved and we
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  • will be saved. One, we have beensaved... that's justification.
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  • So in Romans 5 when... when Paulspeaks there in verse 1 of our
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  • being justified, that's the actin which we are declared just,
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  • righteous in the sight of a holyGod because of the blood of
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  • Jesus Christ and redemption andsalvation, His cross, His
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  • resurrection. When we repent andreceive Christ we are at that
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  • moment transformed... we arejustified in the sight of God.
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  • Sin has separated us. We've allfallen short of the glory of
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  • God. All fall short of the gloryof God! But because of His love
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  • and His life given for us, weare now justified. Someone said,
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  • "What is justification?" It'swhen... It is as though... just
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  • as if I had never sinned. Well,that's not enough to say. It's
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  • much more than just if I'd neversinned. The fact is it means we
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  • have sinned, we have brokenGod's commandments, and when we
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  • are saved in spite of our sinswe are now justified in the
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  • presence of God. We arejudicially and legally saved.
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  • That's happened to everybeliever... justification. What
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  • is now happening in our lives issanctification. That's the work
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  • of the Holy Spirit where we aremade more and more like Christ.
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  • This is the work of the TriuneGod - God the Father, God the
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  • Son, God the Holy Spirit. TheHoly Spirit... He is God, the
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  • person of Christ living in us,God Himself sending us the
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  • Comforter, and the HolySpirit... what is the Holy
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  • Spirit doing in our lives? He isbringing God glory. Second
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  • Corinthians 3 says that He istransforming us from glory to
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  • glory to glory. Glory! He'sbringing us God's glory in our
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  • lives every single day! That'sthe work of the Holy Spirit.
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  • That's sanctification. That'sthe beauty of the Christian
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  • life. But then there'sglorification, and that's what
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  • Christ is going to do in everyone of our lives when we are
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  • glorified in His presence.Justified, sanctified and
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  • glorified. And to be glorifiedin the presence of God means
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  • that we will have His redemptivebody. We will live in immortal,
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  • eternal bodies, glorifiedforever, without sin. Amen?
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  • Without suffering, without painand heartache and heartbreak. We
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  • live for a day like that! We aremade like our Lord. Philippians
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  • 3:20 and 21: "But ourcitizenship is in heaven and
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  • from it we await our Savior theLord Jesus Christ." We're
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  • looking and loving and longingfor His appearing "who will
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  • transform (watch this) transformour lowly body to be like His
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  • glorious body... (there's ourword again) glorious body by the
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  • power that enables Him to besubject even to be subject to
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  • all things to himself." We willbe made like Christ. His
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  • holiness transforms ourhumanity. What a beautiful
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  • thought. I've mentioned JoniErickson Tada to you who was
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  • paralyzed from the neck down ina diving accident when she was a
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  • teenager, and she's been in awheelchair ever since. And she
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  • writes of this moment when sheis glorified in the presence of
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  • the Lord. "I can still hardlybelieve it. I with shriveled,
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  • bent fingers, atrophied muscles,gnarled knees and no feeling
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  • from the shoulders down will oneday have a new body, light,
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  • bright and clothed inrighteousness, powerful and
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  • dazzling! Can you imagine thehope this gives someone spinal
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  • cord injured like me? Or someonewho is cerebral palsy, brain
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  • injured or who has multiplesclerosis? Imagine the hope this
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  • gives someone who is a manicdepressant? No other religion,
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  • no other philosophy promises newbodies, hearts and minds! Only
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  • in the Gospel of Christ dohurting people find such
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  • incredible hope!" It's glory![applause] We used to sing a
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  • song, "Oh that will be glory forme, glory for me, glory for me,
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  • when by His grace we shall lookat His face, That will be glory,
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  • be glory to me!" We long to seeHim, His glory. And when we see
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  • Him we will be transformed byHim. It is that blessed
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  • assurance that keeps us goingevery single day. "Oh what a
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  • foretaste of (what?) glorydivine." This is just a taste of
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  • the glory that is yet to berevealed. This is the hors
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  • d'oeuvre of heaven. But oneday... main course is coming. So
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  • what have we learned in ourHEAVEN series? How are we moving
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  • from glory to glory to glory? Iwant to give you six
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  • affirmations and truthsregarding this that I want you
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  • to take with you. So I wouldencourage you to write these
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  • down: Number one, the glory ofheaven expands our view of God
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  • and our Savior Jesus. My prayeris that as a result of our time
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  • together talking about heavenand singing about our heavenly
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  • home, that your love for God andyour understanding of who He
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  • is... His greatness, His gloryis expanding... that you will
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  • think more deeply than ever ofwho He is, His divine
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  • attributes, His perfection, andlive for His glory and acclaim.
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  • Secondly, that the hope of gloryin heaven purifies our daily
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  • walk... it purifies our dailywalk. Heaven calls us to an
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  • upward and onward life! TheApostle Paul said,[Philippians
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  • 3:14] "I press to the mark forthe prize for the high calling
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  • of God in Jesus Christ." Andtherefore in life as believers
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  • we are called to live for God'sglory to a higher standard of
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  • living. Again, our goal is to dowhatever we do to the glory of
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  • God always. Come up here. "I'mpressing on the upward way. New
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  • heights I'm gaining every day."And therefore there is a
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  • purifying, sanctifying effect ofthe glory of God, the promise of
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  • heaven. And that is 1 John 3:3"He who has this hope in Him
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  • purifies himself in the life ofeternity." In the purity of the
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  • holiness and the glory of God weare motivated to live lives that
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  • please Him. And come up higheruntil that day He calls us home.
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  • Thirdly, the glory and the hopeof heaven heals our broken
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  • hearts and fortifies our souls.The promise of heaven and the
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  • hope of heaven...That's whathope is about, that there's
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  • never despair or defeat. Thateven in life's most terrible and
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  • tragic moments we are heldtogether by hope and this
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  • promise of eternal life. And thecomfort that that brings us...
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  • the comfort that we have in thepain and the suffering because
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  • pain is real but heaven is real!No wonder the Bible says in
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  • Romans 8:18, "For I considerthat the sufferings of this
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  • present time are not worthycomparing with the glory that is
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  • to be revealed in us." I know itmay hurt deeply right now. You
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  • have a broken heart? Is yourlife torn apart? Are you aching
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  • with grief? Body in pain? Yes,it hurts. Sometimes life is hard
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  • and it hurts. But because of theglory of God the suffering of
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  • today cannot compare to theglory... the glory that we will
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  • see and share when we see Jesus.It will be worth it all. So
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  • we're encouraged to press on...to fight on... to fight through
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  • and to hope on and to hold on inChrist. Heaven does that for us.
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  • How do people live without thehope of heaven? Fourthly, the
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  • glory of the hope of heavenmotivates us to share our faith
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  • in Jesus. I'm talking aboutevangelism. I'm talking about
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  • fulfilling the Great Commission.Jesus said in John 15, and verse
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  • 8: "By this is My Fatherglorified, that you bear much
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  • fruit and so prove that you areMy disciples." Fruit can be the
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  • character of your life...spiritual fruit; it can be not
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  • only your character, it canrepresent giving... what we
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  • give, that I may have some fruitamong you. But it also
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  • represents the harvest of liveschanged because we are abiding
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  • in Christ and bearing muchfruit. And this is how we
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  • demonstrate that we aredisciples and followers of
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  • Jesus, that we are bearingspiritual fruit. Look, we
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  • believe in heaven! We alsobelieve in hell! The same Bible
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  • that tells us there is a heavenand heaven is real, tells us
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  • there is a hell and hell isreal! That there is a heaven to
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  • gain; there is a hell to shun!Eternal destinies are at stake!
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  • We know Christ, the way toheaven, and it's our
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  • responsibility to live to tell,to do it now! I'll tell you
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  • something else, the hope ofheaven... the glory of heaven
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  • encourages our generosity ingiving our time, our talents,
  • 00:24:54.115 --> 00:24:57.819
  • our treasure. What did Jesussay? [Matthew 6:20] "Lay up
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  • treasures in heaven." Send itahead. You can't keep... you
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  • can't keep it here, but you cansend it ahead. And the
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  • investment of your time. Jesussaid, "We must now work..." John
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  • chapter 9... [John 9:4] "We mustnow work for the works of the
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  • Father because the day will bedone someday and the sun will be
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  • gone and it will be too late towork." So what you do, you do
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  • now! It's our opportunity, it'sour responsibility to so live
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  • and to so give and to invest inthings that are eternal, not
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  • just temporal things. It's trueeven in giving your money. It's
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  • like someone put it: If you willdo your givin' while you're
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  • livin' then you'll be aknowin'where it's going." [laughter] I
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  • hope you'll give even in yourestate. Wouldn't it be amazing
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  • if every Christian tithed theirestate? Be that as it may, we
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  • should invest our money in thefuture and do some things long
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  • after our money is gone. Insteadof just giving... giving it all
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  • to the kids, why don't youinvest it in the kingdom of God?
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  • Just in case they... just incase they won't. Ha.
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  • And one final
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  • thing, the glory and the hope ofheaven will fill your life now
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  • with happiness.
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  • The happiest day of yourlife is the day you step into
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  • eternity and you see Jesus faceto face.
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  • [Music]
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  • I wrote my new book,"Heaven: Your Best Life is Yet
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  • to Come," because seeing andworshiping God in all of His
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  • glory in the place called heavenis our purpose and God's plan
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  • for each one of us. So we needto stop guessing about what
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  • heaven is going to be likebecause God has shown us in the
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  • scriptures what heaven is likeand we take the scriptures in
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  • this book and explain so many ofthe wonderful things that we
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  • Remember, heaven is your eternalhome. The Lord Jesus is
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  • preparing a place for you. Soget ready and let's go and let's
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  • take as many people with us aspossible.
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