Summary: Romans 5:2 and other scriptures tell us to hope in the Glory of God.

Hope of the Glory of God

Romans 5:1-2

By Marc Heatherington 7/15/23

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Rom 5:1-2

This is a familiar passage for Christians. The usual focus of sermons of this passage deal with our salvation by faith. I want to focus on the last part of verse 2. That last portion says, “we . . rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” I want to ask you a question. When is the last time you “rejoiced in the hope of the glory of God?” When I read this verse, and applied it to myself, I was stumped. I had never rejoiced in the hope of the Glory of God. I had never heard it preached as something I should expect or hope for. I have rejoiced in God’s forgiveness, salvation, eternal life, etc. But the hope of glory? Never.

The Bible speaks of a variety of hopes that God has given us.

the hope of the righteous will be gladness, . . . Proverbs 10:28

the hope of righteousness by faith. Galatians 5:5

the hope of salvation. 1 Thess 5:8

the hope of eternal life, Titus 1:2, 3:7

The hope of Christ’s appearing Titus 2:13

To this list, we should add the hope of the Glory of God.


We don’t talk much about glory. Glory is defined as splendor, dignity, or honor. To make the point, scripture contrasts glory with shame. Proverbs 3:35 says, “The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the legacy of fools.” 1 Corinthians 15:43 makes this contrast again, saying our bodies were, “sown in dishonor”, but will be, “raised in glory.” In Hebrews 1, Jesus is described as the radiance of God’s glory. Revelation 21:23 describes the New Jerusalem, saying, “The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.”

Moses experienced glory when his face shined, after being in God’s presence. But the glory on Moses faded. In contrast, we are promised in 1 Peter 5:4 that we “will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.” It is eternal. Daniel speaks of this future glory, saying;

“Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” Dan 12:3

Although the thought of future glory is foreign to us, it was on the minds of the disciples. They wanted the glory. The following is from Mark 10.

“Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.” And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory.” Mark 10:35-37

Their desire was repeated several times as the disciples continued to argue over who was the greatest.


Romans 3:23 says, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Have you ever wondered why this verse uses the word “glory” rather than “righteousness”. Even if we had no sin, wouldn’t our glory still fall short of God’s glory? It would. But God is not careless with His word. In scripture, whenever someone is confronted with God’s glory, they not only fall short, they fall down. Even the apostle John, who personally knew Jesus, fell on his face when Jesus appeared in glory.

In Revelation 1, John described the scene: “. . His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. Rev 1:16-17

Our sin impacts our glory. And this is something God aims to remedy, for we are promised;

“When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” Col 3:4

God’s forgiveness is so important. Forgiveness not only relieves our guilt, it prepares us for glory. To hope for God’s glory requires accepting God’s forgiveness. I couldn’t conceive receiving it, because God had shown me my sins and then my utter sinfulness. But God’s grace is greater than my sin. God didn’t prepare us for an eternity in shame, but to shine in His glory.


Glory is an important hope. Romans 9:22 says God will, “make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory.” When we were saved, we were prepared for His glory. That alone is a lot to grasp. When Colossians 3 tells us to set our minds on things above, glory is one of those “things” to set our minds on. We were prepared for His glory. And in Colossians, we are told when this will be fulfilled;

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