THE REVELATION OF HIS GLORIOUS WORD

By Dan Luehrs

 

"But to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation" (1 Peter 4:13).

 

Many times we try to explain God's glory by describing a feeling or a sensation by saying something like, "Wasn't that a glorious meeting last night as God's glory filled the room!" Is God's glory a feeling? Yes, the greatest feeling ever, but it is much more. To explain the glory of God is like trying to explain the experiences and doctrines of salvation or the baptism in the Holy Spirit in a few sentences. All the wonderful facets of the atonement and being filled with the Spirit, healing, deliverance from hell, and the pure joy of knowing God would not be possible to explain in words alone. These truths must be caught by a revelation from God Himself, not by the teachings of men alone. We could go on and on with the knowledge we have of these truths. So it is with the multifaceted glory of God. In this short article I will not try to explain about all of God's glory, (for this would be impossible), but I will give you a few verses of what the Bible says about the glory of God.

 

1. The whole earth is full of His glory.

 

"And one called out to another and said, "Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory" (Isaiah 6:3).

 

2.      God is the Father of glory.

 

"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him" (Ephesians 1:17).

 

3. Jesus is the radiance of His glory.

 

"And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature…" (Hebrews 1:3).

 

4. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of glory.

 

"If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you" (1 Peter 4:14).

 

5. The word of God is the gospel of glory.

 

"In whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God" (2 Corinthians 4:4).

 

6. His glory is as fire.

 

"And to the eyes of the sons of Israel the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a consuming fire on the mountain top" (Exodus 24:17).

 

7. The glory shines as a light.

 

"And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened" (Luke 2:9).

 

8. His signs are His glory.

 

"This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him" (John 2:11).

 

9. The New Jerusalem will be illumined by His glory.

 

"And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb" (Revelation 21:23).

 

THE WORD OF GLORY

 

"And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14).

 

The word "glory" in Hebrews is "kabowd", meaning weighty in a good sense, and splendor or abundance. God's glory is to say He has great power and authority. His glory is the sum and substance of who He is.

 

In this article I have it in my heart to write about "His word of glory," Jesus Christ. "The Word became flesh and we beheld His glory." When people think about the glory of God, they might envision a white cloud that dazzles the eyes and emotions. This could be. We have seen in Scripture verses the glory of God shining around the shepherds. But this is not the glory that John was writing about. In several chapters John tells us how Jesus manifested His glory. "This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him" (John 2:11). By His working of miracles Jesus showed forth His glory. Again in John 11:40, we see Jesus manifesting His glory. "Jesus said to her, "Did I not say to you, if you believe, you will see the glory of God?" When God's glory is manifested, things will happen: people get saved, bodies get healed, and people get delivered!

 

When God's glory is manifested through the sons of God, the masses will be saved, healed, and delivered as Isaiah 60:1 tells us. "Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you." What will be the outcome of such great glory? "And nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising" (Isaiah 60:3). Why will the people come to God's glory? "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, and freedom to prisoners; to proclaim the favorable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to grant those who mourn in Zion, giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified" (Isaiah 61:1-3).

 

God has a master plan for the nations. It is called full salvation and deliverance from all the works of the devil through the power of His Holy Spirit working through the sons. "That the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God" (Romans 8:21). Church tradition teaches the opposite; that God is going to destroy all the nations in wrath. No! He is going to save them and deliver by His great power through His people and by their power-filled words and workings of miracles. Yes, God's judgments will come to the earth, but only to restore the earth and its inhabitant's back to God.

 

Speaking out His words did most of the miracles that Jesus performed. He created the universe and holds it all together by the power of His word. "And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power… " (Hebrews 1:3).

 

"But the centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed" (Matthew 8:8).

 

"And when evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill" (Matthew 8:16).

 

Jesus did not stop there. He wants us to do the same works and greater that He did; He is the Pattern Son and we are to follow His footsteps. "Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted him" (Mark 11:23). Are you an "whoever?" God has given us this authority right now to change things by the power of our words. "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit" (Proverbs 18:21).

 

"It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life" (John 6:63).

 

Life is given through words because they are spirit! But what is a spirit? God Himself is spirit; He is the power, the authority, and the force. "For He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes" (Matthew 7:29). We know that Satan is a spirit also and his demons are a spiritual force. "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Ephesians 6:12).

 

Death is also brought through words, as Jesus demonstrated for us in Matthew 21:19, "And seeing a lone fig tree by the road, He came to it, and found nothing on it except leaves only; and He said to it, "No longer shall there ever be any fruit from you." And at once the fig tree withered." We must watch our words! Satan knows this very well. He uses our own words against us, as well words from other people, and his demons continually speak death to us. Satan's words will bring depression and death, while God's words bring encouragement and life.

 

HIS GLORIOUS WORD IN US

 

"For you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and abiding word of God" (1 Peter 1:23).

 

Jesus said in Mark 4 that the word of God is a seed that grows or dies. Without a seed nothing can start to grow in the earth. It all begins with a small seed. Even human life must start with a seed. So it is with the word of God that is placed within our heart; we are the earth that it grows in. When we believe the written or spoken word of God by faith, we are born again! Why? Because it is "The living and abiding word of God." When the angel Gabriel came to Mary, the mother of Jesus, she became pregnant by the very word of God. "And Mary said, "Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her" (Luke 1:38). God's word is that powerful, if only we will receive it by faith! Listen to verse 37, "For nothing will be impossible with God." This should be translated, "No spoken word of God will be impossible!" If we have come to the place of having faith in God and His word, why should it be so difficult for us to believe Him when He tells us that He is going to do something great in our lives? He cannot fail!

 

One day I was sitting in a church service and read Hebrews 11:3, "By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible." Then the Lord spoke to me and said, "Why is it that when I spoke to creation it obeyed my word? But when I speak to man, he questions me?" Because of our unbelief and the traditions of men, we have made the word of God to have no effect in our lives. We cannot enter into God's best with unbelief in our hearts! We will miss God in the coming days if we do not obey Him in all that He says for us to do, even when it is different from our traditions. Our own reasoning will lead us into direct conflict to what God is trying to do. When the children of Israel were to take the Promised Land, they said, "We’re grasshoppers in their sight!" When Jesus told Peter to cast his net out for a catch, Peter questioned Him saying, "Lord we fished all night and caught nothing!" But when he obeyed, he caught a great catch. God offends our mind to reveal our heart! When will we simply just believe Him? When?

 

In 2 Corinthians 3:2-3 Paul says that, "You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts."

 

Under the new covenant God's word is written upon our hearts, even as He wrote the Ten Commandments on tablets of stone. We are carriers of God's powerful word that created all things. Not only this, but the very word of God that we carry in our heart is God's glory and power because it is Jesus Christ. Once we get a revelation of who He is in us, we will never be the same! Let me explain it this way. When Moses came down from the mountain, his face shone with the glory of God so much that a veil was placed over his face. But now that same glory, and even more glory, abides within us!

 

"But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was, how shall the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory?  For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory. For indeed what had glory, in this case has no glory on account of the glory that surpasses it. For if that which fades away was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory" (2 Corinthians 3:7-11).

 

Paul writes over and over again in these verses about a "greater glory," the glory of God's word that is written within us. Then we can understand that we have the greatest treasure in the universe living in us, GOD HIMSELF, THE LIVING WORD! "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves" (2 Corinthians 4:7). We must understand that the power of God is His word. "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God ..." (Romans 1:16). God wants us to receive a revelation about His word so that His power will work through us. Whatever is revealed to you by the Spirit of God is yours, if you will only believe! This is why Paul wrote in Ephesians 1:18-19, "I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe…"

 

It's been said, "One single Christian has more power in him then all the armies of the earth put together." I believe this is true. Now we must walk in the revelation of this word! Such power will flow out of God's elect that when the Two Witnesses walk the earth, fire proceeds out of their mouths and devours their enemies. Their words will be so powerfully anointed that even the skies will be shut up and water will be turned into blood by the power of their words. (See Revelation 11:4-6). This is why we must learn to watch our mouth and not let any unwholesome words come out of it. We are now in training for reigning.

 

"Having therefore such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech" (2 Corinthians 3:12).

 

Paul has such a great hope for the power of God's word to be manifested through us. He uses great boldness in his words to describe what he is seeing in the spirit realm to come to pass because it is Christ in us the hope of glory. "To whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27). This must be our calling and goal in life to receive and walk in God's glory!

 

THE GLORY IS BEING UNVEILED

 

"But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit" (2 Corinthians 3:18).

 

As we see the reflection of Jesus Christ, who is the glory of God, we are changed into His likeness. To reflect means, "to throw back or to look over again." In order for us to be changed, we must be seeing Him in the Word, having intimacy with Him in His presence. By hearing Him in anointed messages spoken or written, and hearing Him through our friends. Because the Lord now embodies His people this is one way He chooses to speak to us. It is an on-going revelation of Jesus Christ that we must seek after, if we are going to be changed into His glory. For it is from glory level to glory level that we become more like Him. We did not grow up physically over night and we will not be transformed into His glory overnight either. It's an on-going line upon line precept upon precept revelation of Him that we are going to grow up into His likeness. "But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ" (Ephesians 4:15). We must begin to see and hear our good Shepherd in those around us in order for us to grow. Very few people (including Christians) are able to see Him in us. Those of us who are seeking Him miss Him many times as He speaks to us through people. Why is this? Because of our pride and lack of humility! We must humble ourselves before God and others if we really want to hear Him.

 

The Bible promises us that it will not always be this way, looking in a mirror dimly to see Him. For one day we are going to see Him face to face, not in a poor reflection, but a clear reflection of Him. "For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know (HIM) in part, but then I shall know (HIM) fully just as I also have been fully known" (1 Corinthians 13:12). What a promise, what a future and hope we have in Him! Praise His Name!

 

The glory of His word has already shone in our hearts, even as Moses' face shone with the glory of God. "For God, who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ" (2 Corinthians 4:6). As Moses' face shone it brought great pain to those who saw him. The Hebrews word for "shone" is "qaran," meaning to push or gore, to shoot out horns. It would be like looking at the sun without any eye protection. It will cause great pain to our eyes. So will the word of God because it is the greatest light and will cause great pain to those living in deception and darkness. Have you ever come out of a dark room and turned on the light? Pain comes to your natural eyes. So it is with your spiritual eyes when you see new truths in God's word. It exposes the darkness in us! Peter demonstrated this on the day of Pentecost when the people said to him, "Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do" (Acts 2:37)? The light of God's word in Peter brought great conviction and pain to the hearts of the people.

 

God has put His great light of the word in us so that we might be the light. Jesus said, "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden" (Matthew 5:14). The glory of His word, spoken through us to people living in darkness is that great light shining. "Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace" (Luke 1:78-79). Jesus is that great Light in us; we must hide Him no longer, for He is the Light (Fire) in us.

 

God said in Jeremiah 5:14, "Therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of hosts, "Because you have spoken this word, Behold, I am making My words in your mouth fire and this people wood, and it will consume them"Is not My word like fire?" declares the LORD, "and like a hammer which shatters a rock" (Jeremiah 23:29)? "But if I say, "I will not remember Him or speak anymore in His name, "then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire shut up in my bones; and I am weary of holding it in, and I cannot endure it" (Jeremiah 20:9). Yes, His word in us is fire. We must become like Jeremiah with the fire of God shut up in our bones to give to the nations. Our God is making us flames of fire, so that we might bring His light into all nations that are in darkness, then will His glorious word be made manifest in all the earth.

 

"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea" (Habakkuk 2:14).

 

Dan Luehrs

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Intercession City, FL 33848

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