Let me take just a moment and comment on one observation made by C. S. Lewis in his famous essay, “The Weight of Glory.” It will help us better understand what happens at the moment of glorification. Continue reading . . .
Let me take just a moment and comment on one observation made by C. S. Lewis in his famous essay, “The Weight of Glory.” It will help us better understand what happens at the moment of glorification.
Lewis speaks of our eternal future as involving glory. “Either glory means to me fame, or it means luminosity” (32). He finds neither one appealing. I should add that I think Lewis omitted what may be the most important feature of the biblical concept of “glory” and that is value, worth, weightiness. But I digress.
I’m especially interested in what Lewis says about glory as brightness, splendor, or what he calls, luminosity. “We do not want merely to see beauty,” explains Lewis, “though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words – to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it” (37).
Lewis does not mean by this, and neither do I, that the distinction between Creator and creature is blurred, much less obliterated. He will forever be God alone and we will forever be his finite creatures. But the glorious luminosity or majestic brilliance that is God’s will envelop us and permeate us and fill us and flood our hearts and souls and minds and bodies. This glory that will be ours is always derivative, which is to say, it is God’s glory imparted to us.
Honestly, I don’t know what I’m talking about! I struggle to find language and imagery that can adequately explain