Glorification has different usage is in the New Testament. It can mean our future resurrected bodies as well as our present sanctification.

In regards to our future resurrection, the glorification of the believer is the last event in the salvation of the Christian that is spoken of in Romans 8:30. It is the changing of our bodies into resurrected, glorified bodies (Romans 8:23; Philippians 3:21).

Glorification is purchased for us in the atonement of Christ and is a future event. In regards to our sanctification, glorification is the work of Christ where the church is made holy and blameless (Ephesians 5:27). Also, it is the work of sanctification in the development of our inner character through the work of the Holy Spirit who convicts us of our sins (John 16:8). The Christian’s glorification is also tied to suffering (Romans 8:17)

  • John 16:8, "And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment;"
  • Romans 8:17, "and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him."
  • Romans 8:23, "and not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body."
  • Romans 8:30, “and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.”  
  • Ephesians 5:27, "that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless."
  • Philippians 3:21, "who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself."

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.