A Theology of Glory

From The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way, by Michael Horton:

While the theology of the cross proclaims God's descent to sinners in the flesh, by grace alone in Christ alone, theologies of glory represent human attempts to ascend away from the flesh to union with God through mysticism, merit, and philosophical speculation. Ascending upward in proud pursuit of the beatific vision, away from a supposedly lower realm of bodies, history, and particulars, we miss in our self-righteousness and vaunted mission the saving descent of the majestic God in lowliness, bodily suffering, and the most concrete particular imaginable, namely, a Jewish baby lying in a manger who later was to hang on a cross. God does not invite us to discover His in His glory but to meet Him where He has promised to be gracious.