The State of Glory
In one sense, we have already been made “alive together with Christ … and raised … up with him” (Eph. 2:5–6). The life of the future has already put down roots in us. Although we are still residents of a dying world, we have already died (to sin) and been raised to newness of life (Rom. 6:1–4). We are no longer under the dominion of sin or its guilt or the power of Satan. The freedom of grace is already ours, although we do not yet enjoy the full “freedom of the glory” (8:21). But we are assured that God will put the finishing touches on the good work He has begun in us (Phil. 1:6). The world to come will seem amazingly new to us, yet something about it will seem vaguely familiar.