God in Human Form for All Eternity


And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, … the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”

Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

Revelation 5:6-14

But now the glory of [the crucifixion] is illustriously displayed in the sight of all his holy ones

The Person of Christ, John Owen, pg. 239
For all eternity, the glory of God will be the most magnificently displayed through the marred body of Christ. We will all stand before the throne of God, and illuminating from the throne will be a savior bearing the marks of the punishments of our sin – the ultimate display of our Lord’s love towards us. Forever Jesus will be in human form. But this human form is not like many of our bodies. It is one that has been ravaged by nails, thorns, fists, a spear; hair torn out, skin left opened, holes in the hands and feet and side, a forehead marred with lesions; a person we would be disturbed to look upon now. And, as Thomas did, we will all come to our Savior and place our hands in his side, in his feet, and run them across his forehead. We will feel his back and we will truly feel glory, we will finally feel grace.

This we shall do for all eternity. Jesus will be in our human form for all eternity. It would be one thing for God to simply send his Son to the earth and take on human form for but flicker of a moment of time. But this is not how God has shown his grace. The Father has sent the Son to take on humanity, not for a few years, but forever. But more than just simply taking on human form, redeeming them from sin and wrath and bringing them to heaven, God has laid down for all the hosts of heaven and earth to behold what the true glory of God made manifest consists in: the great display of His grace. And he has done this by becoming and man and sitting on the throne at the Father’s right hand with a body that will for eternity bear the marks of the Father’s wrath against sin, and love towards us. All the hosts of heaven will come before the Lamb that was slain and delcare

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! (Romans 11:33)

and all the hosts of earth will declare

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.

The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.

As for man, his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children,
to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.
The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.

Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his word,
obeying the voice of his word!
Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
his ministers, who do his will!
Bless the Lord, all his works,
in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Psalm 103

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