A One-Passage Primer on Glorification

I was reading in Numbers today and thinking, “This passage illustrates sin, judgment, and the need for the Holy Spirit very well, but the people are really hungry here and really need God’s grace. What is one passage that shows exactly the opposite?” As I looked, I stumbled upon Revelation 7:14-17 [formatting added for clarity]:

14 These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation.
     They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 Therefore they are before the throne of God,
              and       serve him day and night in his temple;
              and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
16                They shall hunger no more,
                    neither     thirst anymore;
                    the sun shall not strike them,
                    nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
    and          he will guide them to springs of living water,
    and        God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

Here, then, is a breakdown of the promises of this passage for those who “have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb”:
Presence:  with God in His temple
Vocation:  serving God night and day
Family & Home: in God’s own house, covered by God’s shelter
Provision: no more hunger, no more thirst, only living water
Quality of Life: no more sunburn, no more famine, no more summer heat, no hell, only the presence of God
Leader:  the Lamb shepherds and guides
Comfort: God the Father removes all tears
Basis for All These: the shed blood of Christ (7:14), seen in the holiness of the saints (7:14), founded upon the loving initiative of God the Father (7:15, 7:17).

Does this passage not answer every longing you have now or have ever had?  Do these words not cover it all?  Is there any thing left out?  Will God not keep His word?  Will it yet return void, or will He do what He says?


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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