“Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:2)
What is the “glory of God”?
The “glory of God” refers to God’s splendor, brightness, amazing might, greatness, and glorious being. The focus is on who God is, not so much on what God does.
What is the “hope of the glory of God”?
This hope, although impossible for our feeble minds to comprehend, centers on three things: (1) A Christ-follower’s future life with God in Heaven forever; (2) a Christ-follower’s right-standing in Christ instantly after death; and, (3) a Christ-follower’s present life with the Holy Spirit in this world as he awaits death or the coming of Christ. Although these three aspects present different angles on the hope we have as Christ-followers, they are hinged on the fact that we live in the presence of Jesus Christ, Himself—today, tomorrow, and forever. And the hope of what is yet to come pivots on the truth that we will actually see Jesus face to face. When we begin to grasp these perspectives of the glory of God, we are transformed to truly experience the hope and joy of being Christ’s own.
This is our greatest hope.