THE GLORY OF GOD
The glory of God – wow! That’s a really big subject. The Bible doesn’t give us any kind of definition of the glory of God, so we have formulate one up by studying what the Bible says about it.
One day, up on Mount Sinai, Moses asked God to show him His glory. God replied: “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” Exodus 33:17 (NIV).
In the Bible, a person’s name was a prophetic utterance of character. Children were sometimes given names according to the circumstance of their birth or the circumstances of their family or nation. Other times they were named for the character they would become.
The name God revealed to Moses was “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin…” (Exodus 34:6). We can therefore say that at least a part of God’s glory is His character which He revealed to Moses in His name.
The Bible also teaches us that Jesus is the fullest and most perfect revelation of God. The angel Gabriel told Mary to call her baby “Jeshua” because He would save His people from their sins. Yeshua was the prophetic name of the Messiah who would die as a sacrifice for the sins of all mankind.
In John 1:14 John tells us, “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God and when we look at Him we see God’s character perfectly portrayed in everything Jesus was, said and did.
In Hebrews 1:3, the writer says this: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory, and the exact representation of His being…” Peter said, “We were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received honour and glory from God the Father when the voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.’” 2 Peter 16b, 17 (NIV).
Although this is a concept not easy for us to understand, we can say that the glory of God is His character, revealed especially in His mercy, and the radiance of His glory which is brilliant, visible light which the disciples saw when Jesus was transfigured in their presence.
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