Updated: Jun 28
To understand the Glory of God is way beyond our capability, but we need to experience even a small bit of the Glory of God. We live in a world that would want to minimize God's glory so as to allow other things to replace it. This should not and cannot be for those of us who call Jesus Savior and Lord. When God inhabits the praises of His people we do experience a taste of the Glory of God and when that happens we remember it. No matter how popular AI (Artificial intelligence) becomes in our world, we must hold to the truth of the Word of God that affects us as "humans." We can look to the sky and see the Glory of God at a distance and it still is reflected in the hearts of followers of the way. The following verse says it well. Psalms 19:1 The heavens tell of the glory of God, And their expanse declares the work of His hands.
You might say I am calling us to get "old school" right now and that is because this "old school" is the only "true school." We don't measure God's Word by time or generations, but we measure those things by God's Word. God's Word is the only constant and we cannot veer away from it. Sometimes it takes an experience with the Glory of God to bring us back on track to how God wants us to think about life. The writer of Hebrews emphasized Jesus when helping us realize the glory of God. Hebrews 1:3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, The words "radiance" and "exact" help us keep our Jesus attitude in the right place as we realize He is the "radiance of Glory." Radiance (def) - light or heat as emitted or reflected by something. The light we see from Jesus is a direct reflection of the radiance of God and that light is offered to us as we present the Gospel and the hope of salvation. The world we live in gets to see that reflection if we will just let Jesus shine through our lives.
Even in the book of Romans chapter 3 verse 23 we see where we stood before salvation Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, That sin condition showed us how far we are from God because of our sin, and it shows the extent that God went to give us this salvation we now live in. When we are born again our perspective on life changes and we should want that glory to be seen through our lives. That is why the righteousness that is seen in our lives comes from the perfect source of righteousness, our God, through Jesus Christ. And that righteousness is empowered by the Holy Spirit. Where the Apostle Paul says we are new in 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, this person is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. In other words, we are BRAND NEW!! The old me is dead!! The new me is a reflector of the Glory of God. It is no longer me, but Him.
The result of this massive transformation is incredible and lasting. Paul said it this way in Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. To put "feet" to this transformation is to cause us to allow a life of service to immerge that impacts our life and our world. We begin to see the glory of God reflected in our life and that spurs us on to serve Him more and more. The following verse explains the process. 1 Corinthians 10:31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all things for the glory of God.
When Jesus was born God's glory came with Him and even though the world did not receive Him, He still died on the cross for the sins of the world. Before His death, burial, and resurrection Jesus imparted these great truths about the glory of God to His followers, and those great truths are still imparted to us today because Jesus is the Word of God. John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us; and we saw His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. In a world where truth changes almost every second, one eternal truth is lasting and that is the truth of the Glory of God and we live in that glory every day. Keep on reflecting on that glory as God fills you with His Spirit and causes you to serve Him with your whole life. Experience the Glory of God through your relationship with Him and through serving Him.
Paul reminds us to be careful how we live and in Philippians 2:15 got very specific when he wrote15 so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world,
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