“Glory” is one of the richest words of the English language. No single word can serve as a good synonym, but here are some words that describe it: Honor, praise, splendor, radiance, power, exaltation, worthiness, likeness, beauty, renown, rank.
When the word “glory” is used of God it is an expression of His divine essence. The glory of God is His displayed excellence, beauty, majesty, power, and perfection of His total being. The revelation of God’s glory will always inspire us to new levels of worship — and that is why Moses bowed his head and worshiped God.
The disciples witnessed a manifestation of God’s glory at the Mount of Transfiguration:
And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus,
“Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.” While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” (Matthew 17:1-5)
God’s glory wasn’t in Moses. It wasn’t in Elijah. It wasn’t in the spectacular light that encased the mountain. It wasn’t in Peter’s emotional response to the event — wanting to build tabernacles to memorialize the occasion.
God spoke from Heaven and made it clear: The glory was in Jesus: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him” (Matthew 17:5). Jesus is the greatest demonstration of God’s manifested glory that the world has ever seen! The disciples affirmed this when they declared, “We beheld His glory” (John 1:14).
God’s glory is manifested in every aspect of Christ’s life, past, present, and future:
- His works manifested God’s glory: John 2:11
- Jesus was raised from the dead in glory: 1 Peter 1:11
- He was received into glory: 1 Timothy 3:16
- He will come in glory: Matthew 16;27
- He will sit on a throne of glory: Matthew 19:28
- He will be crowned with glory: Hebrews 2:9
- He is called the Lord of glory: James 2:1
Make this declaration:
God’s glory dwells within me and is manifested through me. Matthew 17:1-6