“And those whom He predestined He also called, and those whom He called he also justified, and those whom He justified He also glorified.” (Romans 8:29)
Glorification is the final removal of sin from the life of the Christian, at the end of time.
Whereas Justification is being made right with God through the removal of ours sins and the imparting of Jesus’ righteousness in us, and Sanctification is the process of being Holy and more Christ-like in this life, Glorification is the final removal of sin and the transformation of our resurrected body and spirit into an eternal “glorified” body which can finally be in the presence of God and see (and enjoy) Him for whom He really is.
Upon the return of Jesus (at the 2nd coming), our lowly bodies, burdened with a sin nature, will be transformed into a glorious body, like His, for all eternity. Since God is a Spirit, we cannot enter into His presence unless we too have a glorified, sinless body, perfectly made to exist in heaven.
Jesus is the first human ever resurrected from the dead in a glorified body. He is called the first fruits of creation. Since He is the first fruits, we will follow. His resurrection is the promise and guarantee of our future resurrection.
In describing the attributes of resurrected bodies, we can derive certain qualities from the appearances of Christ after his resurrection. They include:
The ability to pass through concrete material
The ability to eat food, although not necessary
The ability to be recognized as we were in human form
The ability to see Spiritual Beings (angels, God Himself)
A body that is free of Sin
A body that is eternal and cannot die
Additional References: Psalms 49:15, Philippians 3:21, 1 Thessalonians 4:16
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