The scriptures insist that Jesus Christ alone is worthy of Glory.
All honour, praise and power belong to Him and proceed from Him. He is unique in all that He is and does, nothing and no-one in all of creation or history is remotely comparable to Him.
But what is the Glory? When we do things for His glory and say that all glory belongs to Him, when you have pushed past the jargon, what does it really mean?
A starting point would be to consider the word used in the OT which is ‘kabod’. Kabod is translated by the English word ‘glory’ or ‘honour’ but behind it is the idea of weight or heaviness. As a noun it also has a sense of ‘abundance’ or ‘wealth’.
We want God to receive glory in everything we do, we want men and women everywhere to lift up hands in worship to Him, declaring the wonderful things that He has done and the supremacy of Christ in all things.
Prophetic ministry encourages the church not to look at themselves or their momentary troubles but to the exceeding great glory of God seen in Jesus Christ. ~ Such ever flowing glory gives us great confidence and hope for the future. Our God reigns!
One way of understanding the term ‘glory’ is to see that glory is related to God’s immense grandeur and power as creator and Redeemer. It is often associated with the phenomenon of light or fire – sometimes of such overwhelming brilliance and unendurable intensity that it is shrouded in a cloud (Ex 16:7-10; 24:15-18).
We have terms and definition but have still have not fully come to an understanding of what it (glory) really is. What is very clear as you look at the scriptures is that we have to conclude that glory is pre-eminently a divine quality, an attribute of God. God has always been fully and exceedingly glorious.
To take an extreme, seven hundred billion years ago God was fully glorious, there was no ebb and flow of His glory. God is fully self-determining and self-sufficient, His holiness, majesty and uniqueness knows no boundaries. In practical terms, prophetic ministry focuses on us doing things in a way which brings honour to God and demonstrates profound appreciation for what He does in the earth, among His people and in our private lives. Recognising His profound help at every level.
Christopher Wright in his excellent commentary on Ezekiel says that the glory, “portrays the sense of God’s majestic reality, the overwhelming power of His presence, the ‘weight’ of His eternal glory.”
Alec Motyer: “The glory is the sign of the presence of the unapproachable ‘dangerous’ God of Sinai.”
In understanding Glory as ‘Presence’, God’s glory is his visible and active presence. The glory fills the entire creation and is seen by the nations, and is His presence in the midst of his covenant people, (both new and old).
That glory can also be the revelation of the character in the presence of God in the person and work of Jesus. He is the outshining of the divine glory.
Many books have been written about the glory of God in many and various ways but few have actually said what they mean. For many, especially preachers, it can easily be jargon. A quick look on the God Channel on TV will show you preachers exclaiming between breaths, ‘Glory!’ My suspicion is that they may as well have said, ‘Blackberry and apple pie!’
The Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann suggests the Hebrew word we translate as “honor” means to “give weight to” or “take seriously”.
There is a divine jealousy for the glory and honour of God that the prophetic needs to restore. Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stands alone in history as the sinless one, who on His own merits alone pleased the Father in every possible way, and lived with an obedience that flowed from a willing heart and unconditional true love.
Jesus is the ultimate and permanent expression of divine glory. There’s no-one like Jesus!
We encourage the prophetic ministries in your church to focus not so much on internal issues but on the aspiration of our hearts that in everything Christ is glorified. Such a focus immediately has an implication of dealing with sin and issues of righteousness. A call to bring, give, see and encounter the glory of God, is a call to holiness. May we increasingly see God’s glory and eternal worth expressed in the Church in these difficult days.
Just like Moses, the cry of our heart is that He will show us His glory.
I think He intends to, and if Ephesians 3:21 (“to Him be glory in the church”) is anything to go by, it will be magnificent.
God is good.