The Bible tells us that man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Before the fall of man in Genesis 3, they did not realize that they were naked because they were clothed with the glory of God. After the fall, this glory immediately faded and they became ashamed and afraid to face God. That has been the condition of man ever since that time and God provided a way back for them, as He does for us so we can once again experience the hope of glory. We see a glimpse of this in Luke 2:9. The shepherds out in the fields were afraid for two reasons. First, they were afraid because they saw the glory of God firsthand. But, they were also afraid because they recognized their spiritual condition. Romans 3:23 says that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Before coming to Christ we all fell short of the mark of His glory. God has provided a way for us to experience this glory. Prior to this age of grace in which we live, God showed His glory to Israel in many ways. In Exodus 40:34-38, God showed His glory to them through the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night. It was this glory that filled the tabernacle and later the temple, but it was withdrawn as Israel continued to rebel. God had one more way in which He showed them His glory. In Isaiah 60:1-3, we see that Israel’s hope of glory centered around the coming of Christ to earth. This is also spoken of in Luke 2:32. The hope of their glory is now put on hold until Christ returns to once again deal with Israel and bring them into their hope of glory.
Once Israel was set aside, God had a plan to give us, in this age of grace, a new hope of glory. While it is still centered around Christ, it is different than it was for Israel. It starts with our salvation, as we trust in the finished work of Christ for us personally as declared in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. Our hope of glory is seen in Colossians 1:27. Israel’s hope of glory was Christ coming to dwell among them. Our hope of glory is Christ coming to live in us, “Christ in you, the hope of glory”. This hope of glory is in each believer who has put their trust in Christ’s work of Calvary. This helps us to focus on the eternal and helps us deal with the present as seen in Romans 8:18.
Biblical hope is not like worldly hope. Biblical hope is defined as ”the confident and joyous expectation of future good.” All believers have this hope and we look forward to what God has in store for us one we are in Christ.
Dear friend, do you have this hope of glory? Have you trusted in the gospel of grace which saves today? God is waiting for you to respond by faith so that you too can experience the hope of glory for your life.
In His Amazing Grace,