Salvation comes in three parts; justification (Rom. 4:25),
sanctification (1 Thess. 4:3), and glorification (Rom.
8:30). The purpose here is to discuss the third part
of salvation called glorification. The word
(doxazō), literally means "to honor"
or "to magnify" or "to exault to dignity"
(Strong's Cocordance G1392). It is translated
fifty-one times as "glory/glorious/glorified", two
times as "honour", and one time as
justification is a one time act of God pardoning a sinner,
and sanctification is a lifetime of working with God to
become the person He wants us to be, glorification is the
final product. It is the person we become in eternity.
Our New Body:
When the Messiah returns He will give us a new body.
This old body will be gone, and God will give us a new one.
In 1 Cor. 15:42-44 the Apostle Paul stated; "So also is the
resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is
raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is
raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in
power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a
spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is
a spiritual body." The Messiah is the first fruits of
creation. He is the first to be resurrected from the
dead (1 Cor. 15:20-22). All those who practice faith
in the Messiah (Justification), will be molded into the
person God desires (Sanctification), and will ultimately be
raised by him and given a new body when He returns
The idea of a resurrection is not new. The ancient
Hebrews believed in a resurrection and wrote about it.
Job mentioned in Job 19:25-26, "For I know that my redeemer
liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the
earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet
in my flesh shall I see God." Daniel mentioned in Dan.
12:2, "And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth
shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and
everlasting contempt." In Psalm 49:15 the psalmist
states, "But God will redeem my soul from the power of the
grave: for he shall receive me." This concept is
throughout the Old Testament and was alive and well during
the Messiah's life. The Pharisees were constantly at
odds with the Sadducees over the doctrine of a resurrection.
The Sadducees did not believe in a resurrection and the
corrected them saying, "But as touching the resurrection of
the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by
God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac,
and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of
the living" (Matt. 22:31-32). This idea is further
supported by the Apostle Paul in his first epistle to the
Corinthians in chapter fifteen.
What our New Bodies Will be Like:
The fact that we will be resurrected and given a new body is
clear, the question then might be asked, what will our new
bodies be like? Although our new bodies are referred
to as spiritual bodies, this does not mean they are not
physical. One way to tell is to take a look at what
the scriptures say about the Messiah's resurrection body.
First, it can be noted that He had a physical body.
When Thomas doubted the Messiah, he was told to touch the
Messiah's hands and side (John 20:27). Though this
body is physical, it was also spiritual and could still
apparently move through physical objects such as closed
doors (John 20:19). This resurrection body is quite
special. Along with being physical it is also
"incorruptible," "glorious," and
"powerful" (1 Cor.
15:42-44). This is God's ultimate conclusion, to
rebuild what our sin has destroyed. Along with a new
body God is also going to give us a new heaven and new earth
(Is. 65:17). What amazing things God has in store for
us. As the Apostle Paul said, "Eye hath not seen, nor
ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the
things which God hath prepared for them that love him" (1
What a great salvation we have in the Messiah of Israel.
God has done it all for us through the death, buriel, and
resurrection of the Messiah for our justification. He
works with us for our sanctification to mold us into the
person He wants us to be. And the final end for those
who practice faith in the Messiah will be our glorification
into a new heaven and new earth. Let us strive to not
"neglect so great [a] salvation" (Heb. 2:3).