24 Feb

Q. 38. What benefits do believers receive from Christ at the resurrection?
A. At the resurrection, believers, being raised up in glory, shall be openly acknowledged and acquitted in the day of judgment, and made perfectly blessed in the full enjoying of God to all eternity.

This is the final post in the short series looking at the benefits we receive through the Gospel.  Each of these benefits magnify the grace of God shown to us in the cross of Christ, and enable us to walk confidently in the truth of the Gospel.  We are justified (declared not guilty and made righteous before God), adopted (made children of God), sanctified (progressively made more like Christ), and now we come to the final benefit: glorification.

“So it is with the resurrection of the dead.  What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.  It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory.  It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power,” writes Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:42-43.  Our bodies, though now fallen, have been redeemed by Christ and in His resurrection, we have hope for the day of His coming in which we too will be resurrected and made perfect, as God intended us to be.  We can be sure of this, for God assures His children that because of the Gospel (the work of Christ accomplished on behalf of sinners), He will bring His good work in us to completion at the day of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:6).

Imagine what you, as one who has received the Good News in faith, have to look forward to!  There will no longer be any struggles with sin, weakness of the flesh or battles with temptation.   You will be made perfect, so that you might look upon the glory of God with a new sense of awe and wonder.  Being made like Christ, we will fully enjoy His presence in the Kingdom and honor Him in all that we do.  O! the glorious grace of our God is so good!

I want to close this post with a verse that encourages me daily, and helps me to press on in the good fight of faith, especially now among the tests and trials my wife and I currently face:

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.  For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?”-Romans 8:28-31


What does this final passage from Romans do to encourage you in your faith?
How does knowing God will complete the good work He began in you cause you to worship Him and thank Him for His grace?
Sin so easily entangles us and takes our eyes of of our glorious God.  Think about the things that tempt you, and oftentimes cause you to fall, and also think about the Gospel and the benefits God gives to us through this amazing message.  How can you renew the fight against sin in light of these things?


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