The Radiance of His Glory

April 25, 2016

 

The Radiance of His Glory

Matthew 25:31

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

The glory of the Lord is an awesome thing.  It is the outshining of God’s very presence, being and life.  No mere mortal man can stand before it.  Even the mighty men of God that experienced it, like Moses and Daniel were completely undone and prostrate before it.  

When Jesus came and walked among us we were able to view the glory of God, but it was veiled in human flesh.   When our Christ comes again there will be no concealing His glory.  It will be fully manifested.  A few of the disciples briefly beheld Him in the fullness of His glory on the mount of transfiguration.  

2 Thessalonians 1: 5-12 reveals, “All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. 6God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 7and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. 8He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power 10on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.”  When the presence of Christ is revealed in His glory, His glory will be made manifest in the earth.  The fullness of the Head will come in union and fully be enthroned within His body.  The glory that is resident in the Head will be manifested throughout His body as He comes to rule and judge the earth.  Isaiah 60:1-5 prophesies, “”Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. 2 See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. 3 Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. 4 “Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the arm. 5 Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come.”  The radiance of God’s glory will not only shine forth from the Son, but from those who are enthroned with Him.  Revelations 20:4-6 says, “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This [is] the first resurrection Blessed and holy [is] he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”  Thrones are the symbol of authority and power.  This is the full expression of this King-Priest ministry that rules and reigns with Christ.  They are fully as one.  They express even one mind and one heart, that of the Father.  

The Word of God teaches us that there are two resurrections.  Those partaking in this first resurrection are those who will rule and reign with Christ.  After the thousand years there will be a general resurrection in which all of the nations will be judged.  We can glean that those who partake in this first resurrection are those that don’t partake in the mark of the beast and refuse to worship him.  While we may not see this beast yet manifested the way that we might one day expect; his spirit still presides over the earth and the affairs of men.  Our being caught up in the worldliness of this present time and our dependence upon the world can represent a partaking of that mark.  This company of first resurrection saints are those who are willing to lay down their lives for their witness of Jesus.  Their lives are not seated here; they are seated with Christ in God.  They do not seek here any lasting city, but they are sojourners, foreigners, looking to a city whose builder and maker is God.  

Where are our lives today?  Is this earth our home?  Is our glory found here?  Are our hearts truly set upon the King of Glory and lived out in the hope of Him.  There is no earthly comparison to the radiance of God’s glory.  Let us not sell ourselves short of the great and glorious calling we have in Christ Jesus even if it cost us everything in this life and physical life itself.

Blessings,

#kent

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