April 30, 2020

Those Whom He Justified He Glorified

Devotional By: Wyatt Brandt

“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 8:30

Upon winning their first Super Bowl in 2018, many of the Philadelphia Eagles had nothing but praise for God.

In a post-game interview, head coach Doug Pederson’s first words were, “I can only give praise to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving me this opportunity,” followed by tight end Zach Ertz, “Glory to God first and foremost.” Moments after being named Super Bowl MVP, Nick Foles said, “Just another game. Unbelievable. All glory to God.”

How cool is that? These are professional football players in the middle of the most glorious moments of their careers, saying, “Don’t look at me, look at God.” After all, Paul told the Corinthian church, “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). Of course Paul didn’t play the game, but I’m sure the principle includes football.

What do we do, then, when the Bible tells us we will be glorified? Do we get some of the glory after all? The idea that we will receive glory from God seems maybe too good to be true. After all, we wouldn’t want anything to eclipse God’s glory.

Whoever is a justified believer will be glorified. The glory will be ours in that we will have possession of it, but it will not be ours on our own, separate from God. My future glory is not the glory of Wyatt.

When we are a new creation of glorious, sinless, resurrection humans, of whom Christ was the first, we will receive the glory of Christ and be “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Pet. 1:4). We are not going to become God, but as we are transformed to be like Christ, we will share with him in his glory.

“Those whom he justified he also glorified” (Rom. 8:30). Our God is a faithful God. We can rest assured that what is promised to us now will be given to us then. A marvelous glory awaits those who are in Christ.

Passages for Further Study
Psalm 8
Colossians 3:1-4
2 Thessalonians 1:5-12