Monday, February 28, 2011

February 28, 2011 … God’s Glory in Christ

Passage of the Day: John 1: 14The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

My Journal for Today: Still focusing on God’s glory and His character for today this final day of February, the beloved Apostle, John, declared in today’s verse, Jesus Christ was (and still is) the personification of God’s glory (see also Hebrews 1: 3 below).

SCRIPTURE: Heb. 1: 3 The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

God has made His glory manifest and visible for all mankind to witness and follow in the incarnation and personhood of Jesus Christ and then by giving His church His canonized word. The God-Man walked on this earth, and as chronicled in the New Testament, Jesus was, of course, a man; but even then, three of His inner circle of Disciples were witness to the glorified Christ on the “Mount of Transfiguration.” (read of it in Luke 9: 28 – 36 - linked here for your review) However, they also experienced and wrote about Christ’s personhood as The Son of Man.

When Christ comes again, it will be in His full glory (Matt. 24: 30), the whole remaining earth will see what Peter, James, and John were privileged to see in that mountaintop spiritual experience. Everyone will see the glorified Christ (as in the account of Numbers 24: 21).

SCRIPTURE: Numbers 14: 21a …, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the LORD fills the whole earth, …

So, as we now have relationship with the glorified Christ, what should be our response to the glory of God which we find in our Lord? Well, the first, of course is adoration and praise [see Luke 2: 14]; and our lives should be our worship of living sacrifice, as Paul wrote about in Rom. 12: 1. Only then, in obedience to God’s word, can we attain but a reflection of God’s glory (see 2nd Cor. 3: 18). For in walking in obedient worthiness to God’s glory, we become a living refection of His light, shining righteousness into a darkened world, ultimately reflecting His glory in the process (see Phil. 2: 15 and Matt. 5: 16).

My Prayer Today: Yes, again I say, Lord … shine Your light through me. Amen

Blogger’s Note: It’s been a good month with those who’ve come along with me. In March, if you come along with me, I’ll continue using John MacArthur’s devotional, Strength for Today, to take an in-depth look at the one spiritual quality, modeled by Jesus, which we need to capture and utilize God’s sanctifying, enabling, empowering, enlightening, encouraging grace; and that quality is HUMILITY. Come along with me and let’s all grow together. … wrb

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