Sense of the Day: Heaven ⇔ Glory

SOTD-SocialShare-612x612Sense: heaven ⇔ glory

n. — heaven understood according to its resplendent nature.

Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:
He was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated by the Spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed among the nations,
believed on in the world,
taken up in glory.

1 Timothy 3:16

This hymn in 1 Timothy gives a beautiful summary of the story of redemption, beginning with the coming of Christ and ending with his ascension into heaven. But it doesn’t say “heaven;” instead, it says “glory.” Here we have two options: either Jesus was taken up in a “glorious manner,” or the verse refers to heaven by one of its more salient attributes—its glory. Since other examples of glory refer to “heaven as a glorious place” and because it fits the dramatic conclusion of the hymn, the Bible Sense Lexicon shows that glory here refers to the resplendent home that Jesus returned to after conquering death and redeeming his people.

What is the Bible Sense Lexicon?

Sense of the Day is based on content from Logos’ Bible Sense Lexicon, which organizes biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words by meaning based on a variety of semantic relationships. Sense of the Day provides examples of senses in context, along with insight into their application for theology and interpretation.

The Bible Sense Lexicon is a Logos dataset available in Logos 5 Gold and higher base packages. If you’re enrolled in the Logos Academic Discount Program, you can also find the Bible Sense Lexicon in the Biblical Languages base package. Take your studies even further by exploring semantic domains, engaging the biblical text like never before.

Learn more about the Bible Sense Lexicon.

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