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The Bible speaks of (1) the glory of God, the manifestation of His attributes, esp. holiness and majesty (e.g., Ex 33:18–22; Is 6:3; Ps 63:2; 104:31; 138:5; In 1:14; 2 Ptr 1:17); (2) the glory of Christ* Jesus; (3) the glory of the church* militant and triumphant, which is also the glory of the individual believers, veiled and hidden to mortal eyes in this world, but to be fully revealed on the Last Day (see Last Things), culminating in the beatific vision (Ps 17:15; 1 Co 13:12; 1 Jn 3:2; Rv 22:4). Believers partake of spiritual glory (Jn 17:22; 1 Co 2:7; 2 Co 3:18) and of eternal glory (Ro 8:18; 1 Co 15:43; Ph 3:21; 2 Th 2:14; 2 Ti 2:10; 1 Ptr 5:10). In heaven they will have glorified bodies (Ph 3:21). Doctrines of degrees of glory in heaven are usually based on Dn 12:3; Lk 19:12–26; 1 Co 15:41–42 (see also Hereafter, A 6). Christians are not to seek glory from men (Mt 6:2; 1 Th 2:6), they are to seek only God's glory (1 Co 10:31; 2 Co 10:17).

E. C. Pautsch, “Eternal Life,” The Abiding Word, I, ed. T. Laetsch (St. Louis, 1946), 561–582. JMW

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