“Oh that day, when free from sinning, I shall see Thy lovely face!”
There may not be another line in a hymn that causes my affections to rise quite like this added verse to “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” I love it so much because it reminds me of one of my favorite verses; a verse mentioned in class just last week. The verse is 1 John 3:2. John is talking about the glorious doctrine of glorification. For me, understanding what exactly glorification is (how it happens, why it happens) has been formative in how I pursue sanctification.
We do not know exactly what we will be, yet. I love that there is little emphasis on the resurrection body. It is not important what exactly our physical existence will be like, what matters is that God is there. It takes not work of the Spirit to desire a resurrection body. But it does take regeneration to want to be like Him. This is the goal of holiness: to be like Christ, enjoying Him more and more to the praise of His glorious grace. 2 Corinthians 3:18 tells us that this process of growing in godliness comes by beholding the glory of God in Christ. We become what we worship, basically. This has profound implications then for how we view glorification. 1 John 3:2 confirm this. We will be like Him, forever being satisfied with His intrinsic excellences. Why? Because we shall see Him as He is.
We see through a lens darkly. Sometimes the lens seems so very dark. But there is coming a day when those that God has predestined, called and justified will be glorified. This is the goal of our salvation: to see God as He is. Our inheritance, the portion purchased for us by the blood of Christ, is Christ Himself. Revelation 5 gives us a glimpse of our heavenly occupation. Our song will never cease, as we are enraptured with all God is for us in Christ; free from sinning in the presence of His glory with great joy (Jude 24).