All over the Bible, we keep seeing the writings about God’s glory, we keep seeing people who bowed in awe of His glory, we keep seeing all of this things and we keep asking “what is God’s glory? How can we explain it?”
Truth is, God’s glory can be generally defined as God’s beauty but what is beauty? How can you explain being beautiful? God isn’t just beautiful, God is beauty Himself and God made all things beautiful! Truth is, you can only see the beauty and say “this is beautiful,” it cannot be explained just like that with words, there is no picture painted by a vocabulary that can seriously be more beautiful than what the eyes meet.
God’s glory is better experienced than explained and all through the Bible no one talked about the glory of God without the experience of it, they never guessed it nor were they dependent on what others had explained. If you must explain it, where will you start from?
There is no word available on earth to really paint the picture of God’s glory and no art is too advanced to meet up with this task of painting the picture of God’s glory. His glory isn’t even what a physical or emotional experience of it is enough to be explained, the glory of God alone runs into infinity!
There is just one name that sums of up the glory of God, God’s glory came as a person, in the person of Jesus. The Bible says in John 1:14
“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Jesus who is God’s word personified came on earth and dwelt among men.
They saw His glory, a glory that can only be uniquely displayed by God’s son but it wasn’t all of it they saw, God’s glory can’t be exhausted even in a lifetime sight and that is why you must always be ready for surprises when it comes to God.
As each day passed, they kept seeing different dimensions of God’s glory in Jesus who is the manifestation of God’s word. Anywhere there is God’s word, there is a revelation of God’s glory.
The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 4:6
“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
You’ve got to understand something here. God is the source of light has shined in our hearts to illuminate the knowledge of His glory as it is revealed in Christ.
God’s glory has been revealed in Jesus and as much as it is revealed, we keep knowing more and more of Him, we keep experiencing more and more of that glory. There is no other true definition of glory outside Christ. Yes, the beauty of nature speaks of His glory, it doesn’t show half of what His glory looks like, it shows that there is more to God than eyes can see. What would be the beauty of one who has made beauty?
The Bible says concerning this in Hebrews 1:3
“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”
Jesus is the revelation of God’s glory, the very exact representation of God.
What cannot be found in Christ Jesus should not be credited to God. Jesus made this clear in John 14 that God can only be experienced in Christ, to experience Christ is to experience God! It is good to always cry for God to give us His glory but His glory has been given, it is to the degree you are given to study and fellowship with the Spirit of Christ (Holy Spirit) that you can experience more and more of His glory.
When you desire for more experience of His glory, you have to spend more time with Him by meditating on the word and by the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. There can never be a time you spend with the word of God that you aren’t fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit because it is in the place of the word that the Holy Spirit brings interpretation and revelation.
Beyond an emotional and physical experience of His glory, God wants you to have a revelation based experience of that glory. Many times during corporate worship, the atmosphere is so saturated that people can’t even stand on their feet! Some fall on the ground shaking at the amazing manifestation of His presence!
I know of one night I was praying in the Spirit and suddenly God’s glory engulfed the room and I was shouting with irresistible tears flowing like a river from my eyes and I kept shouting “God I love you!” But guess what? After that emotional experience what has continued keeping me is the revelation based experience of His glory.
This can only happen when we are given to the word of God with an open heart. If a onetime experience no matter how serious it seems was enough, then there wouldn’t have been the need for more fellowship. As long as we are still in this flesh, we need a constant renewal of mind, a constant experience beyond what nature is showing us.
The earth is telling of God’s glory by the reason of what God has made but there is a deeper testimony of God’s glory! The testimony of heavens! Paul saw this glory on His way to Damascus but again had more and more of it beyond emotional experiences, no wonder he prayed for believers in Ephesians 1:16-21
“I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers and asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in your knowledge of Him. I ask that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know the hope of His calling, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and the surpassing greatness of His power to us who believe. He displayed this power in the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.”
There can only be a revelation in the knowledge of Him, without the word there is no basis of revelation. Revelation makes knowledge come alive into reality. Paul’s prayer for them was not to feel a sensation but to know!
It is the revelation of God’s glory that can make a man abandon dead works and cling to Jesus knowing that they cannot save themselves. There are things you see in the word and it gets confirmed in the place of prayers. That night I felt God’s glory in the room, a lot of beautiful words He had spoken that I had read from the scriptures came playing out again and there was clarity.
Don’t just ask for the glory when you are empty of His word, there is no place the glory can be founded in your mind except your mind is filled with the word. Christ who is in us is formed in our mind by the reason of meditation and obedience to the word (Galatians 4:19).
It is like getting a computer that doesn’t have the windows operating system and you try running windows software on it. You must, first of all, install a copy of windows operating system so that the computer can run the software. Some prayers are not necessary until you have studied.
You cannot see some extent of God’s glory until you are full of the Holy Spirit. Concerning Stephen, the Bible says in Act 7:55
“But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,”
Look at that, Stephen even at the point of death was not afraid of death. Why? He was full of the Holy Spirit and he saw God’s glory, in a dimension physical eyes wouldn’t see. You need revelation to have a deeper experience of this glory.
Everything God has made has an expression of God’s glory. I visited a certain city some time ago and only exclaimed:
“God is glorious to have designed men who would do this!”
The birds of the air, the fish in the sea, the diversity of every creation shows God’s taste for excellence.
The Bible says in Isaiah 6:3
“…Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.”
Yes, the entire space is full of displays of His glory, everything that has a touch of God in it has an expression of God’s glory but God’s glory is not exhausted in those things we see, there is God’s glory beyond nature and beyond sight, a beauty that mouth can’t explain.
There is no word yet to describe the beauty of this world talk more of the unseen beauty of God. This is why God gave us Himself in Jesus. In Jesus, God is complete. To have Jesus is to have all of God and in Jesus God’s glory is complete.
However, we cannot just know this glory one time, the more we know Jesus the more we know God’s beauty. Jesus is the beauty of God. This is why even after the Bible has said the earth is full of His glory, the Bible says in Habakkuk 2:14
“For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”
Until you are exposed to the knowledge of God, there are dimensions of His glory you will never experience.
Again I say to you, after all the singing, after all the prayers, after all of the experiences and moments of worship in Church, God desires that you experience more! This more can only come by revelation!
Go for the word of God! In the word, your eyes of understanding are enlightened to see and to know!