Glorified Many times an oft used word in scripture is not well understood. But by doing a word study where we consider all the verses where the underlying Hebrew or Greek word appears in scripture, or as used by a particular author, we can arrive at a better understanding of the message being conveyed by the inspired writer. G1392, doxazō is found over 50 times in scripture, with Paul using it about a dozen times. The basic idea is to increase the shine or luster or brightness of something so it stands out from all the rest. Mentally, if we honor or worship someone, making them the brightest entity in our world, we glorify it. Thus, “glorified”has a range of meanings, but if we narrow down to how the Greek word is used by Paul, we can boil it down to two meanings:1) To cause the dignity and worth of someone (God or a person) or something (i.e. the Word of the Lord) to become manifest and acknowledged. Thus in this sense, it is something we do, by word or by deed. For example, if we follow God and strive to live righteously and avoid sin, we “glorify God.” 2) To be exalted to the same glory to which Jesus has been raised. Thus, in this sense, it is something God does to us. Another word, meaning glorified together is used in this same sense at Romans 8:17. So just how have we been, past tense, glorified by God as taught at Romans 8:30? We all expect to be clothed in glorified, immortal bodies, at Christ’s second coming, our adoption as sons, so the past tense glorification appears to refer to our spiritual condition in Christ as born anew creations. 1) Christ rose from the dead, so He was made alive physically. We were made alive spiritually when God put us in Christ, Ephesians 2:5 2) Christ lived a sinless physical life. We have been made holy and blameless in Christ. 3) We who are spiritually in Christ have been predestined to be raised (or changed in the twinkling of an eye) in glorified bodies. Paul taught all this in Romans 8, referring to us becoming brethren of our first born Christ, who have been called, justified, and glorified. Our word can be found in Paul’s writings in these verses, Romans 1:21, 8:30, 11:13, 15:6; 1 Cor. 6:20, 12:26; 2 Cor. 3:10, 9:13; Galatians 1:24 and 2 Thessalonians 3:1.