The Glory Of God

Sunday 9 June 2019 – Riaan Sinden

Ex. 33:11-20; John 1:1, 14; Heb. 1:1-3; John 14:8-9; (John 5:19); (Luke 22:42); John 12:24; (1 Cor. 12:12); (Heb. 2:10); John 17:20-23; Col. 3:3-4; (Luke 1:38); (1 Cor. 11:1); 1 John 4:20-21 – NKJV; (Hab. 2:14); (Col. 1:27); 2 Cor. 3:2-3, 16-18 NKJV; (Isa. 6:3); (Isa. 42:8 NET); (2 Cor. 5:16); 1 John 4:12 TPT

So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle. Then Moses said to the Lord, “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people.’ But You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.’ Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people.” And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.” Moses knew that if God did not go with them, the people would not recognize them as a nation of God. The presence of God is something you will recognize on somebody. You will know when it is not there, but you will definitely know when it is there. So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.” And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.” Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live” (Ex. 33:11-20). Moses wanted to know God in a more intimate way than all the experiences he had.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God …. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:1, 14 – NKJV). When Jesus was with God, nobody could see Him. We could experience Him but when He became flesh we beheld His glory. Jesus was God in all His glory. Everything God is, was put on display in the form of a man. Jesus is the exact representation of God’s glory (Heb. 1:3). He represented God accurately. Philip asked to see the Father and Jesus response was, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip?” (John 14:8-9). The desire of God has always been to be visible. He will only pour Himself into a vessel that has the same DNA as He has, and it is always a son. Jesus limited His activities to the will of the Father because He knew the responsibility He had to carry the glory of God (John 5:19). That is the standard. “Not my will but Yours be done”(Luke 22:42). It requires complete obedience to God, even to the point of laying down your life. The end result of living a life in total obedience to the Father is the manifestation of the glory.

Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over (John 12:24). He is going to reproduce Himself many times over in us. That is why we are known as the corporate Son. One body, many members (1 Cor. 12:12). He multiplied Himself in vessels of clay to bring many sons to glory (Heb. 2:10).

“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one. I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me” (John 17:20-23). He gave the glory so that we may be one. This is the best explanation of the glory, not only on Jesus but also on the corporate Son. God wants to make Himself known in the body therefore God chose to pour Himself into a vessel called ‘man’. God looks at us and wants to see Himself.

It is not your worship; it is your life of glory that you bring to God. God will not only live in us, He will live through us if we allow it, and all the glory will go to Him.

For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory (Col. 3:3-4). Where are we? Paul is not talking about ‘one day’ at the end of the ages. Paul is talking about right now. When Christ appears in your life now, then you appear with Him in glory. Where will He appear? Where you are! We allow God to be God in us. We just have to surrender (Luke 1:38). Through the death of Christ, the Church, the Body of Christ, the corporate Son, is the standard and plumb line of God. When the world looks at us, they must see God’s goodness; they will see the Lord great in power. They will not see us, they will see Him.

Paul said, “Follow me as I follow Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1). This means that my life is such an accurate representation of who Christ is that if you follow me you will experience Him. This is God living through us. There is nothing you can do for God; it is God doing it through you. Even your good works are dirty rags in His eyes (Isa. 64:6).

The only way for me to see God is to live in relationship with you (1 John 4:20-21). The only way for me to experience God is to be in relationship with you. The only way I can see God in me is to see God in you. You are my reflection in Him. The only way to experience His love is to experience His love through you. It is in the life we live in relationship to one another. The glory Jesus gave us was not meant for individuals, it was meant for a corporate body. The Ark of the Covenant was not carried by one person; it was carried on the shoulders of men. The fullness of the glory of God is a corporate expression. There will not be any place on earth where they will not know who God is (Hab. 2:14). The mystery of the kingdom that was hidden time past is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Col. 1:27). You are the reflection of the glory of God to me. The angels on the Ark of the Covenant, the only way they could see one another was by looking down and seeing the reflection of the other one in the mercy seat. We look at one another in the reflection of Christ (2 Cor. 3:16-18). We only saw God’s glory when it became visible in a man. The only way I can be transformed from glory to glory is to see the Word becoming flesh in your life. It is the Word made flesh that we gaze into. The word has been taken from tablets to being written on our hearts (2 Cor. 3:2-3). We become the epistle that people read. They read our lives. The presence of God is something you can see in the lives of people.

The angels in the book of Isaiah had six wings and were hovering above the throne. They cried out one to the other, “Holy, holy, holy, the whole earth is filled with His glory” (Isa. 6:3). We are the vessel that was chosen, the corporate Son. God will not share His glory with another (Isa. 42:8 NET). God cannot share His glory with one who is lesser than Himself. He can only choose that which is of the same DNA. People still long to see God and we are the radiance of His glory.

Every hardship is an opportunity to represent God’s glory accurately to others. How will we represent Him? Will we complain? Will we get upset? Will we give up? Abandon the course? Break off the relationship? Or will we take hold of the opportunity to let God be God through us? Represent Him accurately! From now on we regard no one according to the flesh because in God we have become the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:16).

No one has ever gazed upon the fullness of God’s splendor. But if we love one another, God makes his permanent home in us, and we make our permanent home in him, and his love is brought to its full expression in us (1 John 4:12 TPT). God wants to be made visible through us. He chose us to represent Him.