THE BRIGHTNESS OF HIS GLORY
(THE HEBREWS SERIES)
There are things about the Lord that we have not experienced as of yet. One of those things is His Glory. If we know the Lord we have seen His Glory only with the eye of faith. That is only a clue of His greatness.
The word “glory” appears 402 times in the Scriptures. The phrase “glory of God” appears 17 times in the Scriptures. Paul says in Romans 5:1-2, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2-By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
I. JESUS IS THE GLORY OF THE FATHER.
A. He is “the only begotten of the Father,” John 1:14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
1. The God of Heaven in flesh, John 14:8-9, “Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9-Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?”
2. The only Man to be “full of grace and truth,” Colossians 1:19, “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;”
B. He is equal with the Father, John 14:10, “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” John 10:30, “I and my Father are one.”
C. Jesus “is the image of God,” 2 Corinthians 4:4, “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.” Colossians 1:15,” Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:”
II. JESUS IS THE GLORY OF EVERY BELIEVER.
A. Jesus is “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:6, “For God, 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.”
1. God “commanded the light to shine out of darkness”, 2 Timothy 4:2, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”
2. That preaching was “to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God.” Proverbs 2:5, “Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.”
B. The Apostles were Eyewitnesses of His Majesty, 2 Peter 1:16, “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”
1. Peter and the other Apostles were there to see it first hand, 2 Peter 1:16, “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”
2. John declares that he and the others heard and saw the Lord, 1 John 1:1-3, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; 2-(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) 3-That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.”
C. We as Believers have seen the Glory of God with the eye of Faith, Romans 10:17, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
1. We have tasted of the Glory of God, 1 Peter 2:2-3, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3-If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”
2. By Faith will be “eyewitnesses of his majesty” just as the Apostles were, at the Second Coming of the Lord, 2 Peter 1:16, “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”
While we can’t see with the eye, the Glory of God as of yet. We wait patiently for His Coming at which time we, too, will share in that great spectacle.