Glory Upon Us
When we speak of the glory of the Lord, the phrase means the majesty, power and honor of God. God displays His power and shows himself to be a covenant keeping faithful God. He delivered His people from bondage when they were under captivity in Babylon; and He sent the Messiah to accomplish the deliverance of His people in later days. All nations would discern the evidence of His power and glory. Through Jesus Christ, the whole world would see the glory of God upon us.
We will begin our study in the old testament book of Isaiah. Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. (Isaiah 43:7). God is calling out to those who call on the name of the Lord and claim Him as their God. He is the God who created them for His glory. (Worshipful praise, honor, great beauty and splendor).
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. (Isaiah 60:1). Get up and let your light shine for all to see. The glory of the Lord is risen to shine on you. Who is our light? (John 8:12, 12:46), Jesus Christ who came into this world, in that anyone who would follow Him, would walk in that "light of glory" and never again live in darkness.
Now we are going to jump to the new testament where the people were given a sign of God's glory upon us. Here they are going to embrace the Pentecostal experience. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. (Acts 2:2). As the believers met together that day, there was a sound like a roaring wind that filled the house where they were meeting. "The Holy Spirit." And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. (Acts 2:3). Then what looked like flames of fire from many directions appeared and settled on their heads. Again, the glorified splendor of God in His great brightness and luster was exposed to all those who were present. Not an unknown tongue, but a tongue that everyone understood in their own dialect.
Lets take a look at the book of Romans and see how we can share in God's glory through the help of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. (Romans 8:16). This "Holy Spirit" speaks to us deep into our hearts and confirms that we are really children of God.
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. (Romans 8:17). Now we come to a condition. Since we are God's children, we can also share His treasures. Everything God gives to His Son Jesus is now ours too. However, now here comes the condition. If we are to share His glory, we must also share His sufferings so that we can be glorified together. So, what is this suffering? Are we to suffer as Christ did at the crucifixion? Not at all... "We could probably never handle that." But, as true Christians you are going to suffer a little in this world. People will mock you at times and make fun of your Christian beliefs. Many will try to take advantage of you, or make up stories and gossip about you for being a believer etc. But you can handle it, just keep your eyes on the spiritual side of things, and the Lord will always be with you.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18). What little we may suffer now is nothing compared to the glory God will give us later.
Now in the book of 2 Corinthians, Paul would best explain how we as believers reflect God's glory: 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 3:18). In other words, we as Christians do not need to hide our face; we are to be like mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. As the Spirit (Holy Spirit), of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like Him who's glory is upon us.
Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not. (2 Corinthians 4:1). It is God Himself that has given us this work of spreading "The Good News" to others, so we should never give up. "He is always with us, especially when we are doing His work." It makes His day.
But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. (2 Corinthians 4:2). i.e., we do not try to trick people into believing with a bunch of side shows and fancy rituals. We teach the Word straight on as it is written, and never try to get people to believe that the bible teaches what it doesn't. (False teachings and traditions of men). We stand in the presence of God as we speak, so we tell the truth. "Remember that judgment begins at the pulpit."
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost. (2 Corinthians 4:3). If what we teach is hidden to anyone, it is hidden from the ones who have been deceived, and on the road to eternal death.
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (2 Corinthians 4:4). Satan, the god of this world, is the one who has deceived and made them blind to the truth. He is the one who has made them unable to see the "glorious light" of the Gospel that is shinning upon them, or the awesome message we preach as Christians about the "glory of Christ," who is God.
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. (2 Corinthians 4:5). We as Christians do not go around and preach about ourselves, but about the glory of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. All we should say about ourselves is that we are His servants because of what He has done for us.
who commanded the light to shine
out of darkness, hath shined in
our hearts, to give the light of
the knowledge of the glory of
God in the face of Jesus Christ.
(2 Corinthians 4:6). It
was God who said, "Let there be
light in the darkness." This has
made us understand that that it
is the brightness of His glory
that is seen in the face of
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. (2 Corinthians 4:7). We as Christians hold this precious treasure in our perishable earthly body. Everyone should see that this glorious power within us must be from God and is not our own. "Again, God's glory upon us."
Not lets turn to the book of Ephesians. Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers. (Ephesians 1:16). Paul constantly prayed for the brethren.
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him. (Ephesians 1:17). When you acknowledge God through His Word, the wisdom of His truth will be opened to you.
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. (Ephesians 1:18). Your heart will be flooded with light, even to see something of the future He has called you to share. God has been made rich because we who are Christ's have been given to Him.
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love. (Ephesians 3:17). Dwell in your mind through faith. If you have no faith; your prayers will never be answered.
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height. (Ephesians 3:18). Able to comprehend how great His love really is towards us.
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. (Ephesians 3:19). Come to know the true love of Christ, and pass His knowledge to others. One will never forget a seed of truth you planted when they come to Christ.
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. (Ephesians 3:20). His mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we can ever imagine.
Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. (Ephesians 3:21). Eternal friendship and glory because of His master plan of salvation for the church through Jesus Christ.
Now to end our study lets go to the book of Philippians. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19). This same God will supply all our needs from His glorious riches through Jesus Christ. As stated in (Amos 8), the famine in the end times is not for bread, but for hearing the truth in God's Word.
As stated in the old testament. Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth. (Psalm 57:5). Be exalted Lord, above the highest heavens; and let the glory of the Lord be upon us and above the whole world. The "Glory of the Lord" shall endure forever. (Psalm 104:31). Praise God!
Keep The Faith,