Happy day after Easter.
Anyone get any of those plastic eggs with something inside them? Anyone disappointed? Anyone thankful for what was inside?
I’m in the middle of a series called, The Cat out of the Bag. In this series I am writing from the perspective that the definitions of the words we know today, just may have been tweaked over the years into what we know them to be.
My hope is that you are encouraged as you go on this journey with me. My hope is that you are able to see light on some of these words. That Light would provide you with Life that comes only from Christ, and that you would be built into His Temple. This week’s word is glory.
Glory is seen.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.(Ephesians 1:18-19 NASB)
Most Americans know what Old Glory is. It is the flag for the United States of America. Americans throw up their banner and call it Old Glory. It is America’s easily recognizable, visible symbol for their patriots.
There is also Lady Liberty and all her glory. The deepest, innermost parts of an American are seen in that statue. She stands on Ellis Island and shows to the Atlantic Ocean that the US is a free nation.
If you don’t know what the flag or the statue symbolize, particles of cloth, a pile of stones and metal, that’s all they are. However, if you understand the deeper innermost value of these creative symbols, you understand and can appreciate their glory.
When Jesus walked on earth, this is what John had to say about it in John 1:14
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
But basically, Jesus came to earth and lived among us. We saw Him. The fullness of God and the reality of Life in Christ, right here…on this planet.
He showed us His glory, the way and reality of Life in Him…then He left, leaving us an even more glorious gift than Himself, the Holy Spirit.
Glory is brilliant.
In the Old Testament, There is record of Moses gaining access to the Law straight from God. He was in the presence of God. He was able to see this Shekhinah Glory. When Moses came off the mountain where he had received the Law, his face was so brilliant, he had to put a veil over his face so that people could look at him. (Ex 24)
That was a glory that was radiated from God onto Moses’ face. And Moses was radiating that brilliance onto the Israelites.
But let’s get back to the New Testament. Because we all know that the Old Testament is a shadow of the real Glory! Right?
But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was, how will the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory? For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory. For indeed what had glory, in this case has no glory because of the glory that surpasses it. For if that which fades away was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory.(2 Corinthians 3:7-11 NASB)
Come on! This has got to get someone off their seat!!
The ministry of condemnation is no more! The ministry of righteousness is in session. The Law is gone. This brilliant glory is here!
Glory is His Bride, His Body, His Building, His Family. His Expression.
For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. (Colossians 1:9-12 NASB)
His glorious might has now been forever changed in my mind. What I see here is the corporate expression of Christ through His Body. There is an expressive might when we gather.
Together, we possess the might to do the will of God. We are strengthened when we gather and express Him (speak His Name and show His Glory).
Glory is mystery, revealed
Anyone remember the Hardy Boys? Some of the ladies may remember Nancy Drew.
Basically these two brothers would go on mysterious adventures to discover and solve different mysteries. Each of the 190 novels in the series had some sort of mystery that would take the boys on an adventure. They would discover different clues that would allow them to solve the mystery.
The amazing thing about Christ is He wants us to discover Him. He provides us with clues about Himself. Check out this part of the letter to Colossae. Paul is letting the Church know a little more about the Lord.
Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:25-27 NASB)
This passage is saying that Christ is the mystery! He has come to show Himself to us, but more importantly, God’s plan was that He was going to make this mystery, Christ, available and known.
The most amazing thing possible is God’s plan: to inject Christ in you and me. We have divinity inside us! We have the Ultimate Hope of the expression and brilliance of Christ inside us!
Do you wonder why hope in “hope of glory” is used? Hope is a vision, given. This hope of glory can be heaven…which is later.
Or this hope of glory can be the vision that was given to us before time began; the vision of Christ as the Head of His Body; Christ as the Groom to the Bride; Christ as the Brother to us in the Family of God; Christ as the Cornerstone in this Building of Living Stones. Hope in these is present, is now, not later.
Christ in us, the hope of glory…now…
May we see this hope today. May we express this hope today, together. May He shine brilliantly through our gatherings to the world as a symbol of our deepest, most innermost part. Our spirit living the Life from the Holy Spirit…there is none deeper, there is no greater thing, there is no other plan.
This Glory is hope for today, not tomorrow. Be encouraged brothers and sisters! His plan is to show His Glory in, from, to, and through us!
May we discover clues for others to see the Light, to experience His Life, and then to be built into His Building!
And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” (Luke 2:13, 14 NASB)
What if the comma was after the word earth? Happy day after Easter!
Do you see glory as any of these descriptions? How has your view of glory been established? How has your view of glory evolved over your lifespan?