There’s something about glory. It’s bright, it’s fun and it’s you! The glory of our Father is seen in the face of His Son. Your glory is seen in Jesus. IT IS JESUS. In Him you are graced to be yourself. In Jesus you are privy to the power of an infinite life because an infinite life lives in you. By the Spirit, Jesus’ life is realised as your life. Is that cool or what. Who said God was dull?
Eternal Life exists in no object, practice or belief. Eternal life - the kind that is infinite and self-generating - comes from the person of Jesus living in you. All created life began in the trinity. Humans are an expression of that life. In Jesus, we get to dwell in Trinitarian Fellowship and they make their home in us. You are who you are - gloriously – because as daughters and sons you are the expression of your Father.
In Christ you are never living in original sin. You are living in original and in restored life.
Jesus declared Himself as the way, the truth and the life. He is the way to our Father. He is the truth of who Father is and who we are. He is our life as life itself, as eternal life and in what it means to be fully alive and not fractionally dead in religion.
This is to say that this life of God is not found in sacraments, observances, any kind of externality and certainly not in things like the wearing of a hijab, holy days or attendance at shrines and holy places. Sure, we may be moved by visiting what is held to be the tomb of Jesus but there is no element of life-giving power in this whatsoever. You are no more holy from going on a trip to Israel than you would have been had you gone on a road trip to Dunedoo. God is where you are. He is in you.
The Lord’s Table reveals this. New creation life is not in the bread or the wine. It is in the reality of what they represent: The reality is Christ.
None need encounter Jesus indirectly, through another or in some externality. You are not a consumer of religion. You are an eater of Jesus. Those who eat Him will live because of Him. Those who embrace substitutes for Him will decay even as they live.
He is in you and with you. You are never an orphan. You are a daughter, a son and a walking temple of God.
‘Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me’ John 6.57 NIV.
David Kowalick in ‘All About Glory’ writes,
'The God we see in Jesus Christ is so much more than a distant deity in the sky. On the contrary, we discover the God who willingly joins himself to our humanity in his Son, thus making it possible for us to encounter his life and love in a powerfully palpable way. In Jesus, not only do we see God as He really is. We also get a glimpse of what a truly glorious human being looks like. He gives us a perfect vision of what we could be, and this in turn ignites an aching desire in us that we would be what we could be!’
The mystery of Godliness is great. That Christ is in you and Christ manifests as you is, paradoxical, real and realised in the reality of your flesh. This is to say in your body, soul and spirit. God in His fullness has come to live in you and imbue you with His spirit and life. Significantly, you as such a person, will be progressively healed, will be alive and surmounting the challenges of life while the religious person remains stagnant, unhealed and a purveyor of death in the name of life. Don’t be among those who talk the Spirit, cling to the law and drag about a body of death!
‘Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!’ Rom 7.24,25 NIV.
You need not obsess over religious celebrities or join the fan club of the anointedly famous. You have an innate and restored glory. Innate in that you were born from the heart of the trinity. Restored in that Christ as the new Adam has become your life. You are an expression of Jesus in His Kingdom that only you can fill.
Kowalick writes, ‘This longing for glory is a proper and appropriate desire that perfectly aligns with the designs God has always had for the human race. In becoming human, Jesus has 'summoned us inside' that we might be participants in the glory of God, not just onlookers.’