Friday, February 22, 2013

Perfection in Glory

I was talking to a friend of mine the other day who was listening to a podcast by Greg Kokul, in the podcast, someone had called in to ask a question. The basic query was something like this: We are told that, if we are saved, when we die, we go through a process of glorification in which we are perfected in glory. We are also told that God, and God alone is perfect, so, how can we be made perfect, wouldn't that wrongly place us at the same level as God?
Kokul's response was pretty great, and was something along these lines: we must first understand that the Greek word used to convey the perfection of God is not the same word as is used to refer to us being perfected in glory. God's perfection is in all things for all times, it is global perfection that our minds cannot grasp. Our perfection is much more about the completion of a good work to allow full, perfect dedication to the purpose for which we were created, to glorify God.

To simplify this idea, Kokul used the analogy of a pen. I want to use his enology and expand on it a little here:

When a pen comes together with paper to compose great poetry or wonderful symphonies, it is acting in perfection for its created purpose, yet if we take the same pen and try to plant a garden with it, it becomes dirty, broken, and unable to fulfill its created purpose with the same level of completeness. That pen will never again write great works unless there is a master pen-smith who can restore it completely back to its original condition. Only though this complete revamping can the pen ever hope to one day continue its purpose. The same is true of each of us, we attempt to utilize our lives for many purposes that do not mesh with our created purpose, we get beat up, dirty, and broken. We can try, in vain, to continue our works on our own, failing to complete the work we were created to do, or we can submit ourself to our own Master Creator for a complete overhaul of the things we allowed this world to break. The repair process is what we refer to as sanctification. As we undergo this process, bits and parts of us begin to function properly again, and with the help of our Repairer, we are able to see fruitful benefits if the work being done within us. But it is not until that work is completed that we are able to function perfectly, restored to our created purpose. This is glorification, we are restored back, into the perfected working condition to accomplish the task we were first created to do, and then allowed to do it for all eternity without fear of breaking again.

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