Word Nerd Wednesday – Glorification

I’m so excited to have Tara Hatton who shares insight on “Story of My Heart” … joining us today for #WORDNerdWednesday.



glory – from the greek word doxa (noun):  a seeming, an appearance.  In the NT, honour, glory

  1. of external conditions:  dignity, splendour, glory
  2. of an external appearance:  luster, brightness, dazzling light
  3. of internal character:  glorious moral attributes, excellence, perfection
  4. of that exalted state of blissful perfection which is the portion of those who dwell with God in heaven.

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.  All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.  Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.

1 John 3:2-4

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Romans 8:18

I am a teacher so please indulge me as I put on my teacher hat for a moment.  😉 Whenever I am introducing a new concept to my students it often helps to review what we have already learned and to provide context for what we will learn next.  So class, let’s review …..


Justification is being made right with God at the moment of salvation.

Sanctification is the ongoing process of being made holy as we work out our salvation.

Glorification is the final removal of sin as we are transformed into our glorified bodies.


Glorification is the ultimate perfection of believers.  It is God’s final removal of sin from the lives of everyone who is saved as well as the culmination of the sanctification process which is at work in the life of every believer.  

This will take place at the second coming of Christ when we will be transformed into holy immortal beings with a direct and unhindered access to God’s presence.  

At this time the full glory of God – His honor, His praise, His majesty, and His holiness will be realized in us.  

Philippians 3:21 tells us that “the Lord Jesus Christ will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body.”

God will transform our mortal, physical bodies into immortal, imperishable, powerful, and spiritual bodies in which we will dwell with Him forever.

Because of the blessed hope of Christ we will have holy communion with the Creator, our Father throughout eternity.  

Can you imagine?

We will experience perfect joy throughout eternity in God’s presence.  

This is the hope that we have in Christ.

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:18


If you would like to learn more about glorification, the glory of the Lord, and the glory that we have in Christ you can visit Tara’s website storyofmyheart.org at:  Glory of the Lord or Glory of the Lord a Continuation.

Hi friends!
Nice to meet you! So about me …..? Well, I have been married to Aaron for almost 8 years and together we have two wild and crazy, Star Wars and Lego obsessed boys. Smith just turned 7 and Charlie James is 4. I also have the added bonus of being stepmom to Kaleigh who is almost 13. (yikes!) wink emoticon I have one of the best jobs in the world, which I know truly is part of my calling and ministry in life, as a high school teacher teacher. I spend my days surrounded by “big” kids and my evenings covered up in “littles.” Along with a friend, I write and make incredibly amateur youtube videos over at: http://storyofmyheart.org/ We post twice each week on Tuesday and Friday. I’d love for you click to on over and check us out!Tara

10 thoughts on “Word Nerd Wednesday – Glorification

  1. Excellent explanation, Tara! I’m a teacher too, so I love review! I think it’s cool to read those three in order: justification, sanctification, then glorification. So cool! It reminds me what awaits us as we continue on our journey with our Savior. Blessings:)

    1. Thanks Kristine! Just like our students, these “big words” didn’t really click into place for me until I considered them all in context. Liz was so smart to schedule the posts in this way!! 😉

  2. This is excellent! Like you and Kristine, I am also a teacher. I love how you reviewed what we have already learned and what has already been shared. This made the three words fresh and it put them all into the proper perspective as we continue to learn and relearn the meaning of the words shared on Nerd Word Wednesdays. One thing that hit me is that I have always studied glorification in terms of Yahweh being Glorified or glorious. I have never looked at glorification from the standpoint of what we will be when Jesus returns at His Second Coming. This was really a great learning experience for me this morning. Thank-you for sharing Tara!

    1. Thanks Misty! I have been reading in 2 Thessalonians and when I read these verses I thought of you and your comment

      (This is from the HCSB verses 13 & 14)

      But we must always thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God has chosen you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel, so that you might obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

      From the beginning God chose us for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit.
      We have been called by Him. He wants us to obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. And this glorification process, though not fully realized until the Second Coming, begins now! 😉

      Isn’t it amazing to know that because He lives in us we carry His glory?

  3. Wait. I am so excited that you do this every Wednesday…this could be my new favorite place to hang out mid-week. Total word nerd, here…and getting worse by the day. I really enjoyed this, especially the way the transition from Justification, Sanctification, and Glorification. That was super cool. I’ve never look at it that way before.
    Happy Word-nerding!!!

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