Glory is the nature of God. Words like “magnificence,” “honor,” and “great worth,” inadequate as they are, may be used to describe God’s glory. However, God’s glory is a property that far exceeds description. It is a heavenly presence so powerful, so breathtaking, that the immediate and automatic response is to fall prostrate in subjection at its occurrence.
There will come a time that the Father will reveal the glorified Christ.
“Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11 NASB).
Consider that thought for a moment. How is it that every rebellious, profane and evil person on earth or under the earth will simultaneously get a revelation of Christ, bow their knees voluntarily and confess that Jesus is Lord? One word. Glory… or more accurately, GLORY!
Moses and Reflected Glory
Though he was flawed and reluctant, Moses was the man God chose to speak for Him. As the Hebrew nation traveled out of Egypt, Moses pitched the tent of meeting outside the camp, for those who sought God. When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud descended and stood in the entrance, (Exodus 33:9).
“Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend.” (Exodus 33:11 NASB).
Moses spent two forty-day fasts in the presence of the Lord. At the close of the second forty days with God, Moses descended Mount Sinai with the two stone tablets containing the Commandments. The time spent in the presence of God caused Moses’ face to shine with God’s glory. The effect was so dramatic that Moses covered his face with a veil, lest Aaron and the rulers refuse to speak with him.
“So when Aaron and the people of Israel saw the radiance of Moses’ face, they were afraid to come near him.” (Exodus 34:30 NASB).
Even the reflected glory of God on Moses’ face was a frightening thing.
The Revelation of Jesus is the Glory of God
“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.” (John 1:14 NASB).
When John states that “we saw His glory,” he is not speaking figuratively. In Matthew 17:1-5, Jesus takes Peter, James and John to a high mountain and is transfigured before them. His face shines like the sun; His garments become white as light. Jesus speaks with Moses and Elijah. A cloud forms and the Father’s voice booms, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; hear Him!” (Matthew 17:5 NASB). We see that the glory of God coincides with a command to hear Jesus. As Paul explains in the Letter to the Romans,
“However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, ‘Lord, who has believed our report?’ So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:16-17 NASB).
Does a Veil Remain?
Knowing that we have inherited a much greater covenant through the blood of Christ, we can expect even greater glory in the presence of Jesus. The Scripture says that just as the fading glory on Moses’ face was hidden by a veil, an unfading glory of the ministry of the Spirit rests on us, as well.
“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?” (II Corinthians 3:7-8 NASB).
Thank God that the veil that kept us in darkness was taken out of the way, and we behold the glory of Jesus.
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” (II Corinthians 3:18 NASB)
Unlike Moses, the glory of Christ cannot be covered, though Satan veils the hearts of unbelievers so they can’t see. Our ministry is to speak to those whose hearts are still covered by a veil of unbelief. The power of the Gospel has been invested in us to share the Word of God. As faith comes by hearing, the veil is removed as unbelievers hear of Jesus with faith.
“And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; (II Corinthians 4:3-7 NASB).
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