AskDefine | Define glorification

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1 a state of high honor; "he valued glory above life itself" [syn: glory]
2 a portrayal of something as ideal; "the idealization of rural life was very misleading" [syn: idealization, idealisation]
3 the act of glorifying (as in worship); "the glorification of God"

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  1. The act of glorifying or the state of being glorified.
  2. The worshiping of a deity; extolment or laudation.
  3. The portrayal of something as being ideal; idealization.


Extensive Definition

In Catholicism

In Orthodox Christianity

Glorification (also referred to as canonization) is the term used in the Orthodox Christian Church for the official recognition of a person as a saint of the Church. The Orthodox Christian term theosis is roughly equivalent to the Protestant concept of glorification.

In Protestantism

There are two events that occur during glorification, these are "the receiving of perfection by the elect before entering into the kingdom of heaven," and "the receiving of the resurrection bodies by the elect"
Glorification is the third stage of Christian development. The first being justification, then sanctification, and finally glorification. (Rom. 8:28-30) Glorification is the completion, the consummation, the perfection, the full realization of salvation.
Glorification as a term is modified by its target, aka, who is being glorified, God or the Christian? The 3rd stage of christian development is to glorify God through one's life, to decrease so that He may increase so that as others encounter a living breathing christian who is walking in Glorification, they encounter Christ and perceive His Glory and His presence. This is attainable while living, just as justification and sanctification are attainable while living.

Receiving of Perfection

Glorification is the Protestant alternative to purgatory, as it is "the means by which the elect receive perfection before entering into the kingdom of Heaven."
While purgatory deals with the means by which the elect become perfect, glorification deals with the elect becoming perfect.
The majority of Protestant denominations believe in this form of glorification, although some have alternative names.

Receiving of the Resurrection Bodies

After the final judgement, all the righteous dead shall arise and their bodies will be perfected and will become a glorified body. Only then can they enter Heaven. To paraphrase C.S. Lewis's Weight of Glory: "If we were to see them in their glorified forms we would be tempted to bow down and worship them."
Many people believe that this body will be very similar to the one Christ had after He rose from the dead. That is, a perfect body fit for the needs of eternal life in a new Heaven and new Earth.

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Receiving of the Resurrection Bodies

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