“When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory” (Colossians 3:4)
When the Father’s Son appeared on earth as the man Jesus people saw him. Now he is at the right hand of God and there he is hidden in God. No one can see him. But one day he will appear in full glory and every eye shall see him.
When Jesus appears, we shall appear with him because we are in him and he is our life. Every eye will see Jesus and every eye will see us. The veil will be drawn to show the fullness Christ’s glory. And the veil will be drawn on our glory with him. Everyone will see our share in the glory of Christ. God’s ultimate purpose is to bring many sons and daughters to glory with his Son (Hebrews 2:10). And this reaches its climax when we appear with Jesus in glory.
God’s Spirit unveils all this before the eyes of our hearts so that we already see something of our future glory in Jesus. For the Spirit is actually the presence of the future within us. He brings us into a foretaste of all that it is to come. So now, in the Spirit, we rejoice in sure expectation of the future glory that we will share with Jesus even as we enjoy it in part right now. And we say with Paul, “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us (Romans 8: 18).