Delighting in the Gospel of Grace: Week 5 Reflection Guide

In this week’s sermon we look to our future hope— Glorification. Upon the return of Christ we will be saved from the presence of sin. As we see in Romans 8:18-30, when Jesus returns “glory will be revealed to us”. This will include the redemption of our bodies and the renewal of all creation. This is a glorious future that should cause us to live with great hope in the present.

Here is a link to this weeks sermon if you missed it - LINK

SCRIPTURE TO MEDITATE ON THIS WEEK:
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” - Romans 8:18

MC/DNA DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  • Read Romans 8:18-30. According to Paul in this passage, what is the future hope of Christians?
  • Discuss: Upon the return of Christ— what has God promised to do? What will happen to our physical bodies? What will happen to the physical creation?

**Remember, there is a lot of bad theology out there on this stuff. Keep in mind that the New Testament authors are more concerned with us understanding the promises of Christ’s return rather than all of the particulars of how it will happen.

Here are some of the quotes that Jordan shared in his sermon on Sunday to help us imagine our future in Christ:

Michael Goheen says, “The whole Bible leads us to expect a glorious renewal of life on earth, so that the age to come will be an endlessly thrilling adventure of living with God on the new earth. With his presence pervading every act, we shall be more fully human than we have ever been, liberated from sin, death, and all that hurts or harms.”

C.S. Lewis says, “Your place in Heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone, because you were made for it— made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand. All that you are, sins apart, is destined to utter satisfaction. You are a key uniquely refined to open one of the many rooms in the place Jesus has prepared”.

N.T. Wright says, “Why will we be given new bodies? According to the early Christians, the purpose of this new body will be to rule wisely over God’s new world. Forget those images about lounging around playing harps. There will be work to do and we shall relish doing it. All the skills and talents we have put to God’s service in the present life— and perhaps even the interests and liking we’ve had to set aside due to conflict and vocation— will be enhanced and ennobled and given back to us to be exercised to his glory in the new creation.”

Ray Ortlund says, “On that final day, as we step together into the new creation, you may turn to me and say: “Hey, Ray, I’m trying to remember, did we call it cancer? What was it again?” but we won’t be able to remember, so we will say, “Oh well, Off we go into glory!”.

Revelation 21:1-6 — “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. (don’t freak out if you love the beach sea represent evil… think parting red sea, think Jonah thrown into the sea, Jesus calling or walking on water) And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. And he who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." And he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.”*

  1. Do you think much about this glorious future reality in your everyday life? Why or why not?

  2. Do you think that it’s true that our future hope shapes our present life? If so, what is the future hope giving shape to your present life? (i.e. if you hope to retire one day in the future, you must live conservatively and invest wisely in the present).

  3. What things in your life would you change if you delighted in your future glory more often?