What about the glory of God?
We do not hear much teaching about the glory of God these days. This trend is a major concern because the glory of God is central to everything Christianity has to offer. If people do not understand what the glory of God is all about, how can they possibly grasp the magnitude of what Jesus came to give us?
The glory of God is the manifest presence of God—everything that God is; all of his attributes, all of his love, all of his majesty, all of his splendor. The glory of God is what makes heaven magnificent. Heaven will “not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp” (Rev 21:23). Jesus is that Lamb. The glory of God was and is revealed in the earth through Christ. In Matthew’s account of the Mount of Transfiguration, he describes Christ as being “transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light” (Mt 17:2). We read elsewhere that, “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory, the exact representation of his being” (Heb 1:3).
In his last prayer before his death and resurrection, Jesus talked a great deal about the glory of God. In his prayer, he begins by asking God, “And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began” (Jn 17:5). Later on, he tells God, “I have given them (to everyone who believes in Him) the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one” (Jn 17:22, parentheses added, italics added). It is vitally important that we know about this gift Jesus came to give us. It is important that we know what the glory of God is all about.
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