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The Glory of God

When we hear the phrase “the glory of God,” various words and images come to mind:  unapproachable light; unable to look directly at God's face; death; and Scripture’s central theme, the cross and an empty tomb. 
But what is the glory of God?  How do we see God’s glory revealed in Scripture?  How do we live for God's glory today?

In Scripture, the Glory of God is revealed in a variety of ways.                    It can refer to God's greatness, God's honor, God's beauty, God's power, and God's light.  In every case, the glory of God acknowledges the Lord's supreme strength and our need to both acknowledge and serve God.

In Exodus 13:21, we read about the glory of God in the form of a cloud guiding Israel through the wilderness and then seeing it settle on the tabernacle and temple (Ex 40:34), and witnessing it depart at the exile (Ezek. 10:18-19).  In Exodus 34:29-35, we find a fascinating analysis of  the glory of God.  In these verses it's interesting to see that Moses simply "reflects" the glory of God.  But the Bible tells us that when we become a believer in Jesus Christ, we are not simply going to "reflect" the glory of God.  Although, most of the time we look pretty much like everybody else and we don't have rays of light shooting out from our body, the truth is that God places his glory within us.  We have this treasure in us and one day we are going to really shine, and it will not be a reflection anymore - it will be the glory of God in our life forever.  We have not  yet seen how glorious is this treasure in us, but one day we will see it.  One day we are going to shine in His brightness.  We're going to explode with the radiance of God's glory within us.  But in truth, if we look with our heart, we can see the glory of God present right now, it's in the people of God, in you and in me.  To see it, we just have to look beyond a person's outward appearance, and like God, "look on their heart" (1 Samuel 16:7).  

In Isaiah 43:7, God says, "Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth, everyone who is called by My name, and whom I have created for My glory........”  This verse says that God created us for  his glory, so that his glory might be known, witnessed and praised.  This is God's goal.  Have we aligned ourselves, our hearts and actions fully with God’s goal?  If our lives are not in alignment with it, then we need to discover how to bring our hearts and our behavior into alignment with
this  goal.  We need to be reconciled to God, and with courage and endurance of faith, witness to God's glory in our lives. 

In the New Testament, John 11:4 and vs 40, Jesus speaks of the glory of God, stating, "This illness does not lead to death.  It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it".  In this context, Jesus is speaking of resurrecting Lazarus from death which would bring glory to God and glorify Jesus.  What are we doing in our life to bring glory to God? In my own work with energy medicine and energy healing, I often look into the eyes of those who are near death with terminal illness, and I can see glory.  I see people in excrutiating pain who have a joy and a peace that is unexplainable in human terms, and I see glory in their eyes.  I see the Glory of God shining in them, and it gives me hope.  When God's healing energy brings healing to them, there is God's Glory for all to witness and find hope.  Whether the healing is rejuvinating and restorative or it is a healing of passage to the next realm, God's Glory shines in each case and we witness to that glory in each person and it gives us hope, hope that we too rise each day and glorify God with our life.  

In Saint Paul's letter to the Romans 15:7 "Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God", here the glory of God is used in the sense of honoring God.  The glory of God is also emphasized  in several of Saint Paul's other writings. In 1 Corinthians 10:31, Paul notes, "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."  Here again, the glory of God refers to honoring God with one's life.

Often when trouble comes into our life, we fall apart, and maybe that's  because we have never learned or understood where glory lies.  Glory does not lie in the business matters we deal with every day, it lies inside all of us.  Hopefully one day, we will see and believe that we are all filled with the glory of God.  If we could try to recognize this now, to see God's glory in one another and treat each other with more kindness and compassion,
it would be a wonderful way to honor God with our life. 

In Matthew 17:1-2,  Peter, James and John, witnessed the transfiguration. They beheld God's Glory in Jesus transfigured, "His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light".  In a mysterious and powerful way, Jesus was suddenly filled with the brilliant, glory of God which appeared in terms of rays of light that came shooting out of His body.  It was an experience that Peter, James and John never forgot (John 1:14 and 2 Peter chapter 1:16-18).  The glory of God is in the person of Jesus Christ our Lord, and we are to be like Jesus, because the glory of God is also in each one of us, his people (2 Corinthians chpt 3). 
But how  does one get transformed?  How does one change? 
To put it in our vernacular, how does one go from what looks like a "self -centered-type" person, who is only interested in outward appearances and materialistic things, into somebody that can be used by God?  How does it happen?  It happens by the Holy Spirit changing a person on the inside.   

If you would like to open yourself to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and  experience transformation, join the discussion in my class, A Course in Miracles, and dive deeper into inner peace.  

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