Summary: This is the 3rd and final part of the series. The church has completed the eternal purpose of God and is now entered in glory for all eternity. Part #3
“The Church in Glory”
District Elder M.L. Maughmer, Jr
The third phase of the metamorphosis of the church is the final phase in our series and that phase is “The Church in Glory”. We must remember that the church goes through three distinct phases.
1.) The Church in the mind of God (Embryotic Phase)
2.) The Church in the World (Maturation Phase)
3.) The Church in Glory (Destiny)
The third phase – The Church in Glory is an awesome picture that when thought upon in the minds of each individual will produce exceeding great joy down in the depths of ones soul.
The Church in Glory as we stated is Destiny. DESTINY: a predetermined and expected end or result the Bible says in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end”.
Contrary to popular belief your destiny is not to be a super star, it is not to be a millionaire, it is not to be famous and have prestige, these are blessings and rewards that qualify in part as life more abundantly, but not destiny because destiny is the expected end God has for you, which is the eternal purpose.
As you will recall from the first lesson, The Church in the mind of God, we stated that the beginning of anything started in the mind of the creator. We used the example If you were to make a cake or build a bench before you get the box or the wood you have decided in your mind what you wanted and the purpose that you wanted it for. The beginning started in your mind, everything else is steps in the process to bring what started in your mind into fruition. Therefore, WATCH THIS, I have in my mind decided what I want, how I was going to have what I wanted, the steps to get that which I wanted, and the purpose I wanted it for. Therefore the beginning is literally in the mind of the creator. Since the mind is the beginning of the process and the purpose is decided in the mind before the steps in the process start then the church was in the mind of God before the foundation of the world. Once that which I thought out in my mind is brought into fruition (complete) it has reached that which it was intended for it to be. Therefore the church in Glory literally is that which has reached what God had originally thought in His mind before the foundation of the world.
The Bible says in 1st Corinthians 2:9 “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him”. We can only imagine what lies ahead for the church in glory, but what we are only able to imagine is what God had in mind for the church.
The word “Glory” according to the dictionary is praise, honor, or distinction extended by common consent, worshipful praise, and thanksgiving, something that secures praise or renown, a distinguished quality or asset, a state of great gratification or exaltation, a height of prosperity or achievement.
The distinguished quality is the character that separated the church in the world from all other forms of perpetrated truth and caused the church to be effective in the world while working for the eternal purpose of God.
The church in Glory is the fulfillment of the eternal purpose of God. Ephesians 3:11 says “According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Hebrews 2:10 says “For it became him, for whom [are] all things, and by whom [are] all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings” 1st John 3:8 says “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil”.
This purpose is carried out by the church in the world. It is what was in the mind of God for the church before the foundation of the world. Remember the Church in the mind of God is to be an unstoppable force that razes hell, preaches the gospel to the poor; heals the brokenhearted, preaches deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised to reconcile man back into a proper relationship with God bringing many sons unto glory not to judge the world yet and condemn them for the Bible says “not imputing their trespasses unto them” but bring into a proper reconciled relationship.