Glorification as Anthropological Escalation and Divine Participation

Glorification is often seen as a return to pre-fall (Edenic) conditions, with an emphasis on the removal of sin’s curse. In fact, however, the biblical expectation is not merely a return to the status quo ante, but to something above and beyond what was experienced by Adam and Eve prior to the fall. In that sense, therefore, the biblical pattern entailed by glorification is “Resurrection Plus (in Christ)” rather than “Resurrection (in Christ)” as such. To make this case, the presentation here proposed will (a) establish the eschatological trajectory of Scripture as escalation above the pre-fall state of humanity, (b) evaluate popular alternatives to this view, and (c) entertain more significant applications of this concept to Christian practice and spiritual formation.

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