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Revealing His Glory

“This, the first of His miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed His Glory, and His disciples put their faith in Him” (Jn. 2:11).

“…a cloud came and overshadowed them: and they were fearful as they entered the cloud.” (Lk. 9:34)

“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me, may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My Glory” (Jn. 17:24)

Jesus Reveals His Glory:

What are we seeing in these verses? What is it inside of us that shifts when we truly see the radiating splendor of God? Make no mistake the Glory of God is the key to igniting faith in the human heart!

In the New Testament we see that Jesus revealed His Glory in four major ways:
1. through His signs and wonders (Mt. 11:3-6),
2. through His revelation of the Father’s heart (Jn. 5:19-23),
3. through His transfiguration (Mk. 9:2-8)
4. and finally through His cross and resurrection (Rom. 6:4).

To behold His Glory was to see the essence of who He was… the express image of the Father - His Person (Heb. 1:3). Truly He upholds all things by the Word of His Power; and by way of His completed work in the Earth, He has earned His place at the right hand of the Majesty on High.

Beholding Transforms:

Beholding the Glory revealed in Christ affected His disciples so significantly that the Scripture tells us they couldn’t even talk about it (Lk. 9:32-36). That revelation became the birth place of their faith and all they understood was that they could never be satisfied without it.

Notice this rather odd request by James and John: they wanted to sit in His Glory, one of them at Jesus’ right hand and the other at His left… for all of eternity (Mk. 10:35). They were seeing something that transformed their understanding so deeply that they wanted it for all time.

Ah, But There’s More!

I believe that the more we see of the Glory, the more we want to see. It is inexhaustible! We see so much in Scripture, yet the Apostle John wrote, “there are also many other things Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” (Jn. 21:25). Christ reveals the Father’s splendor, character and purpose that can never be seen any other way (2 Cor. 4:6). The lame, walking and the deaf, hearing; sickness and diseases being healed without the influence of a doctor; and demons, fleeing with only a word. The dead, raised at the sound of His voice and the living, transformed at the touch of His hands. How, you might ask? He continues to identify the Glory as the real source of His power (Jn. 11:40).

He would still say to us today, “if you will only believe you will see the Glory of God”.

John was clear about the impact of beholding His Glory… it was the reality of walking in the light (1 Jn. 1:7). Peter was clear about the experience… “joy unspeakable and full of Glory” (1 Pet. 1:8). Paul even prayed that the eyes of our understanding would be enlightened to the riches of the Glory of the inheritance among the saints, in Christ Jesus (Eph. 1:17). Does it not make you yearn like Moses…

“Lord – Please, show me Your Glory!” (Exod. 33:18)

Encounter the Glory

“This, the first of His miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed His Glory, and His disciples put their faith in Him” (Jn. 2:11).

“…a cloud came and overshadowed them: and they were fearful as they entered the cloud.” (Lk. 9:34)

“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me, may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My Glory” (Jn. 17:24)

Jesus Reveals His Glory:

What are we seeing in these verses? What is it inside of us that shifts when we truly see the radiating splendor of God? Make no mistake the Glory of God is the key to igniting faith in the human heart!

In the New Testament we see that Jesus revealed His Glory in four major ways:
1. through His signs and wonders (Mt. 11:3-6),
2. through His revelation of the Father’s heart (Jn. 5:19-23),
3. through His transfiguration (Mk. 9:2-8)
4. and finally through His cross and resurrection (Rom. 6:4).

To behold His Glory was to see the essence of who He was… the express image of the Father – His Person (Heb. 1:3). Truly He upholds all things by the Word of His Power; and by way of His completed work in the Earth, He has earned His place at the right hand of the Majesty on High.

Beholding Transforms:

Beholding the Glory revealed in Christ affected His disciples so significantly that the Scripture tells us they couldn’t even talk about it (Lk. 9:32-36). That revelation became the birth place of their faith and all they understood was that they could never be satisfied without it.

Notice this rather odd request by James and John: they wanted to sit in His Glory, one of them at Jesus’ right hand and the other at His left… for all of eternity (Mk. 10:35). They were seeing something that transformed their understanding so deeply that they wanted it for all time.

Ah, But There’s More!

I believe that the more we see of the Glory, the more we want to see. It is inexhaustible! We see so much in Scripture, yet the Apostle John wrote, “there are also many other things Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” (Jn. 21:25). Christ reveals the Father’s splendor, character and purpose that can never be seen any other way (2 Cor. 4:6). The lame, walking and the deaf, hearing; sickness and diseases being healed without the influence of a doctor; and demons, fleeing with only a word. The dead, raised at the sound of His voice and the living, transformed at the touch of His hands. How, you might ask? He continues to identify the Glory as the real source of His power (Jn. 11:40).

He would still say to us today, “if you will only believe you will see the Glory of God”.

John was clear about the impact of beholding His Glory… it was the reality of walking in the light (1 Jn. 1:7). Peter was clear about the experience… “joy unspeakable and full of Glory” (1 Pet. 1:8). Paul even prayed that the eyes of our understanding would be enlightened to the riches of the Glory of the inheritance among the saints, in Christ Jesus (Eph. 1:17). Does it not make you yearn like Moses…

“Lord – Please, show me Your Glory!” (Exod. 33:18)

Significance of Glory

“This, the first of His miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed His Glory, and His disciples put their faith in Him” (Jn. 2:11).

“…a cloud came and overshadowed them: and they were fearful as they entered the cloud.” (Lk. 9:34)

“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me, may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My Glory.” (Jn. 17:24)

What are we seeing in these verses? Jesus revealing the Glory of God! What happens when we see these things… what shifts inside us when we truly see the radiating splendor of God? Make no mistake, the Glory of God is the key to igniting faith in the human heart! The significance of the Glory then – is to invite us into where He is!

In the New Testament we see that Jesus revealed Glory in four major ways:
1. Through signs and wonders (Mt. 11:3-6),
2. Through revelation of His Father’s heart (Jn. 5:19-23),
3. Through His transfiguration (Mk. 9:2-8)
4. Through the cross and resurrection (Rom. 6:4).

To behold His Glory is to see the essence of who He is… the express image of the Father – His Person (Heb. 1:3). Truly He upholds all things by the Word of His Power; and by way of His completed work in the Earth, He has earned His place at the right hand of the Majesty on High. Therefore, stepping into His Glory should make us feel completely whole, safe and accepted… His love is glorious!

Beholding Transforms:

Beholding the Glory revealed in Christ affected His disciples so significantly that the Scripture tells us they couldn’t even talk about it (Lk. 9:32-36). That revelation became the birth place of their faith and all they understood was that they could never be satisfied without it.

Notice this rather odd request by James and John: they wanted to sit in His Glory, one of them at Jesus’ right hand and the other at His left… for all of eternity (Mk. 10:35). They were seeing something that transformed their understanding so deeply that they wanted it for all time.

Ah, But There’s More!

I believe that the more we see of the Glory, the more we want to see. It is inexhaustible! We see so much in Scripture, yet the Apostle John wrote, “there are also many other things Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” (Jn. 21:25). Christ reveals the Father’s splendor, character and purpose that can never be seen any other way (2 Cor. 4:6). The lame walking and the deaf hearing; sickness and diseases being healed without the influence of a doctor; and demons fleeing with only a word. The dead raised at the sound of His voice and the living transformed at the touch of His hands. How, you might ask? He continues to identify the Glory as the real source of His power (Jn. 11:40).

He would still say to us today, “if you will only believe you will see the Glory of God”.

John was clear about the impact of beholding His Glory… it was the reality of walking in the light (1 Jn. 1:7). Peter was clear about the experience… “joy unspeakable and full of Glory” (1 Pet. 1:8). Paul even prayed that the eyes of our understanding would be enlightened to the riches of the Glory of the inheritance among the saints, in Christ Jesus (Eph. 1:17). Does it not make you yearn like Moses…

“Lord – Please, show me Your Glory!” (Exod. 33:18)

Controlling Patterns

In regards to spiritual warfare, we are admonished by the Apostle Paul to be wise in who we find ourselves wrestling against. He flat out tells us that we must not wrestle with flesh and blood (Eph 6:12), that our battle is not with people or even ourselves, but with principalities and powers in heavenly places. We wrestle against demonic forces that use our thoughts and control our actions by way of deception and fear. We must come to grips with this if we want to win our battles in the spirit.

Evil Forces:

The forces of evil defy the Truths of God by subliminal and subversive tactics that have their influence in our brokenness. Admittedly we have sinful residue still hanging around in our lives. Although our sin is forgiven and this residue does not make us evil, it does still leave us susceptible to deception. Evil is a perversion of reality that is orchestrated and controlled by Satan, himself. His aim is to construct networks of shame and guilt within our lives based on f-e-a-r… “false evidence appearing real”. When evil forces, like hatred or lust are visible in the human heart it is not by way of personal choices; well thought out and reasonable, but entanglements in our emotions and feelings. Feelings of fear are often more real than feelings of peace, because we are “tuned-in” to them through natural perception, by way of our five senses. These senses rule us and rob us of our ability to see spiritually, when they are controlled by wicked authorities in heavenly places. I am reminded often by the Holy Spirit, that there are forces I cannot see, standing behind what I cannot seem to break through. Our real enemies are not in the natural realm.

Example:

  • Something calls up fears of distrust in us and we protect ourselves from being hurt or embarrassed… this is pride at work, inside.
  • Someone gets a promotion that we believe we were more qualified for and we feel anger or resentment… this is jealousy at work.

We are not evil when we have such emotional triggers inside, but Satan targets our sinful desires by watching our behavior, setting traps and establishing strongholds of emotional bondage. His goal is to lead us astray, into darkness and captivity. Jesus called him a “thief”, whose only goal is to steal, kill and destroy (Jn 10:10).

Evil Works:

These types of works are of the devil and are what Jesus came into the world to destroy through His cross and resurrection (1 Jn 3:8). The Apostle John makes it clear that to practice sin is to be a slave to sin, but that Christ offered us real hope to break controlling patterns of evil.

A Clean Slate:

Our freedom from the sinful residue of brokenness comes through knowing God’s forgiveness. Forgiveness wipes the slate clean. Living continually with a clean heart allows us to stop wrestling to achieve acceptance with God, but freely practice righteousness (1 Jn 3:4-9). God has accepted us through the blood of Christ and our life is now hidden in Him who has made us acceptable.

Grace is Supernatural: 

Its amazing to come into the knowledge of God’s freedom, because we get the power to succeed by faith in His supernatural grace. This grace is the work of God that transforms our carnal perceptions of reality and allows the Holy Spirit to govern our understanding. The Holy Spirit guides us into all Truth (Jn 16:13), beyond the wrestling and into the peace of God (Phil 4:7).

Living Sacrifices:

Knowing these demonic controlling patterns that war against our thoughts can help us become more aware of how our lives can be governed by the Holy Spirit. When we see evil desires coming up inside us, we can shift our focus by allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal the Father’s heart to us. We are to become living sacrifices, surrendered to the tranforming power that comes as we offer our whole being to God (Rom 12:2). The Holy Spirit wants to lead us. He wants to help us live according to God’s original design, rather than our fears. Renewing our thoughts is the primary way God breaks us free from the strongholds that once governed our behavior. That is why the Apostle Paul said, “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Cor 3:17).

Total Participation

Much of modern-day Christianity sees the “born-again” experience as all there is to salvation. Many Christians oppose the belief that there is a separate experience of “being filled” with the Holy Spirit, and they especially oppose the validity of the gifts of the Holy Spirit for today’s believers. That type of belief puts them in conflict with the book of Acts and the very teaching of Jesus.

 Those who experience the power of the Holy Spirit today are labeled as fanatics or heretics… so what does the Bible have to say? What did Jesus say about this?

 On the night before Jesus’ crucifixion, He made one of the most unique statements of His whole ministry. “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you” (Jn 16:7). Jesus knew His disciples would be shocked by His statement, so He prefaced it with the words, “I tell you the truth”.

 As hard as it may be to understand, Jesus was telling them that the ministry of the Holy Spirit would be better than what they had available in His earthly ministry.

 We must be careful to take nothing away from the ministry of Jesus on the earth, because without it there could be no ministry of the Holy Spirit. The whole plan of God hinges on the redemptive work of Christ… the Cross and Resurrection. Yet Jesus makes it clear that it was to our advantage to have Him return to His Father and send the Holy Spirit to take His place.

 The greatest reason for this shift in focus was to emphasize the opportunity every believing person could enjoy as participants in the ministry of the Holy Spirit, rather than as powerless observers. Jesus makes the ministry available to all… salvation was for the “who-so-ever” and now the power to do what He was doing would also become accessible by faith. Just soak in these Scriptures (Acts 10:38) (Acts 1:8) (Jn 14:12-14).

 That’s right… you and I can do what He was doing by the Holy Spirit’s anointing upon us in power.

 God delights in touching others through us!

 There is no limit and no lid on what God can do through us who believe! What He is wanting in these days is a believing people to arise and allow the signs of His Kingdom to be evidenced in our lives (Mk 16:15-18).

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