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To start with this book was about 'No Condemnation'. I looked at how God accepts us and how we should accept ourselves. But God doesn't just accept us. As well as being 'justified' God has made us 'glorious'. We are absolutely wonderful in Gods eyes. He sees us as being very precious and very important. He has a high opinion of who we are.
The bible describes us as being glorious: -
"But we all with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord are changed into the same image from glory to glory even as by the spirit of the Lord." (2 Corinthians 3 v 18)
We are glorious in Christ Jesus. We may not be able to see it with our own eyes, but let us believe it by faith.
Sometimes we may think that it is not
'Christian' to think of ourselves as being wonderful. There is an argument that
runs like this: -
The above is quite a strong argument. However I would say that we are wonderful to the glory of God. We are due no praise in this matter as we have done nothing of ourselves it is all done by the grace of God.
If the Lord had made us drab He would be less glorified than if He had made us glorious. When the bible talks about 'denying ourselves' it is talking about denying our self will and our self-strength when it is not in harmony with the will of God, it is not talking about denying what God has created (us) ..for His glory.