Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 1 Study # 5
Thesis: The issue of "The Glory" is the actual reconstitution of our essence so that we are of the same characteristics of God as to our moral character and this issue is primarily one of "Hope".
Introduction: In our last study we began to look into Paul's reasons for his great love of those he called his "brethren". We focused our attention upon the fact that those he loved with such intensity were apostate as to God's relational plan. And we made our primary application of his words to our setting a matter of whether, or not, God's major alteration of His focus in the world signaled the creation of a "spiritual Israel" that is now called The Church. My claim is that Paul was deliberate in his identification of "Israel" as the physical nation of Israel, descended from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, NOT Ishmael, nor Esau. In other words, no one can claim to be an "Israelite" in any sense beyond that determinative sense. Therefore, to call The Church "Spiritual Israel" is a huge theological error that opens the door to manifold contradictions to God's meaning in His Word. In no text and context do the Scriptures identify The Church as Israel.
From there we moved into the issue of The Adoption. As a concept, The Adoption consists of an event wherein The Father declares His heir(s) to be sufficiently mature as to be able to begin to exercise "lordship" over the Inheritance. As to timing, The Adoption occurs when the physical body is redeemed. We can assume from this that we have not been given the prerogatives of "lords" over the Inheritance yet. And as to significance in this context, The Adoption is a most fundamental reason for Paul's intense love for his apostate brethren, kinsmen according to flesh, and Israelites by physical generation from Abraham, Isaac, and Israel (Jacob). The Adoption was to be Israel's experience, but apostasy prevented it and Paul saw this loss as almost intolerable because of his love for Israel.
This evening we are going to take another look at the next issue in Paul's love for Israel: The Glory. As with The Adoption, The Glory was promised to Israel, but the apostasy of the nation in Paul's day was blocking it from being a part of the Hope. And, again, for Paul, this was almost intolerable.
November 12, 2017
- I. Just What Is "The Glory"?
- A. In terms of the progression of his expressed ideas, "The Glory" is the foundation of "The Adoption".
- 1. It is the foundation because it is a specific concept of human beings becoming sharers in the actual moral character of The Father.
- a. In the original setting of "Israelites", there was one most fundamental problem: Israel did not have a heart to understand and possess true godly character (Deuteronomy 29:4).
- 1) This explains why Israel was such a lousy "lord" over God's granted "inheritance" of the land.
- a) The God-given grant of The Land is the primary "shadow" illustration of the eternal reality of "Inheritance".
- b) But it was given before Israel was given the necessary "heart" to make it effective.
- 2) This also explains why a major issue of God's dealings with Israel has to do with God making a New Covenant with Israel that will consist most fundamentally of the giving of a new "heart" that will effectively enable the active participation in true godly character (Note Ezekiel 11:19 and 36:26 compared with Jeremiah 31:33).
- b. Since the primary issue of the "heart" is "the values held", and "the expression of such values" as Jesus taught (out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks), there can be no genuine "character" without a new heart and there can be no genuine violations of "character" with the presence of this new "heart".
- 2. It is the foundation because The Adoption can only occur after The Glory has come.
- B. According to multiple texts in Romans, "The Glory" is the anticipated end of Hope.
- 1. In Romans 1:23 the most fundamental meaning of "glory" is "the essential reality" of the entity considered the possessor of the glory.
- 2. In Romans 2:7 and 2:10 the issue of "glory" is critical to both human motivation and the divine grant for human beings.
- 3. In Romans 3:23 the main problem between God and man is man's lack of a "glory" that corresponds to God's "glory".
- 4. In Romans 5:2 the main issue of the outcome of justification by faith is the anticipation of being granted "The Glory".
- 5. In Romans 8:18 the primary focus is upon a sufferings-developed glory that will be the outcome of life in this world for those who believe.
- 6. In Romans 8:21 the "glory" is identified in terms of "the freedom of the glory" and given a definition: "deliverance from the bondage of the corruption".
- 7. And in Romans 8:28-30 God "glorifies" those whom He "justifies" as the end of the processes.
- 8. Conclusion: since "the glory" is a "hope" and not a current reality (Romans 8:24), we have to conclude that "The Glory" will not become ours until everything is in place, including the redemption of the body and once it has become ours we are ready to be "adopted".
- II. What Do We Do In the Meantime?
- A. We have been given the Spirit as a First Fruit to make a certain degree of transformation possible before our Hope has come (Romans 8:23).
- B. But the clear declaration is that, for now, our primary experience is "groaning"; longing for the reality that is currently barely in our grasp.
- III. What Has This To Do With Paul's Fixation Upon Israel?
- A. The Glory was initially promised to Israel.
- B. But apostasy erases the fulfillment for those who believe not.
- C. Paul feels this as a great disaster and loss.