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A Student's Guide to Glorification (Thomas)

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Christian Focus Publications

The word glory is used throughout the Bible – in over 370 verses in fact. It is often used to describe the majesty and greatness of God. This glory is reflected in His creation – and most particularly in His people. 

In this short book for young adults, Derek Thomas explains what the Bible means when it talks about glory. Beginning with the Creation, he explains how the reflection of God’s glory was not completely destroyed when sin entered the world, but it was broken. Thomas then goes on to explain how this glory of God was perfectly represented in the person of Jesus; how it is partially restored in Christians; and how it will be perfectly restored in the new heavens and the new earth.

This complex topic is simply explained for teenagers and young adults who may be trying to understand the concept of glorification for the first time. Each chapter is summarised in a ‘Main Point’ at the end and complemented with questions to reflect on and further passages of scripture to explore. If readers are looking to dig deeper into the subject, there is also a list of recommended books that they can investigate.

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Table of Contents: 

  1. Glory Begun
  2. Glory Lost
  3. Glory Restored
  4. The Golden Chain
  5. Now and Not Yet
  6. The Glory in Us
  7. The Glory and Glorification of Jesus
  8. Future Glory
  9. Final Glory




Derek W. H. Thomas, originally from Wales, is the Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina and Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. He is also a Teaching Fellow with Ligonier Ministries. He previously served as the Minister of Teaching at First Presbyterian Church and the Chairman of the Theology Department at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi.




"A bright, thoughtful, engaging and much needed introduction to the wonder and power of God’s presence made known." - Jonny Dyer, Associate Rector, All Souls, Langham Place, London


"Part of Christian discipleship is getting this hope down into your heart until you really believe it, and it begins to change your longings and your living. Dr. Thomas, as a sympathetic shepherd, will guide you in the truth of glorification to that end." - Ligon Duncan, Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary


"This book celebrates the marvelous glory that is to come. All the while, reminding us of how that future glory breaks in to this present world. Thank you, Dr. Thomas, for offering biblical wisdom and insight into what living the Christian life is all about." - Stephen J. Nichols, President, Reformation Bible College, CAO Ligonier Ministries, Sanford, Florida