Glory – God going public

GlorythroughusWhy is so much made about glory and so little understood about it? I agree with John Piper (“What is God’s Glory?). We should know what we’re talking about when we use such a term. But I don’t think he goes far enough. At least, to get us to Jesus’ main point in His last discourse in John (13:31-17:26).

I really like this part of John Piper’s definition of glory…”I believe the glory of God is the going public of his infinite worth.”

Jesus begins and ends this discourse in the gospel of John by talking about glory. He begins by using the word five times in two sentences (13:31-32), explaining how His life glorified the Father, therefore, His Father was glorifying Him. Jesus made God’s “infinite worth” public knowledge. That’s why the crowds followed Jesus (and not the Pharisees). What they got from Jesus was that the Father’s intent for man was to be whole, healed, delivered, to live in real freedom and to experience the beauty and perfect love of God and full-out joy just by being with Him.  Jesus inspired one to want to get closer to this amazing Father, thus, He glorified God.

And then Jesus ends this same discourse (17:22-24) by stating that the same glory that He received from the Father, He gave us. Why would He do this? I believe so that, like with Jesus, the world we live in would see this Father rightly and want Him too. In other words, everyone would see how much our heavenly Father loves them and wants them to enjoy His infinite goodness…and they would get this point through us.

22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:  23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” (John 17:22-23)

God went public through His only begotten Son, Jesus. And the whole point of Jesus’ discourse in John was to show us how the Father intended to go public through us, His adopted sons and daughters. And the means of doing this would be to make His home in us (Jn.14:12-23). If we miss this point, I think we miss the whole thing.  As Jesus says later…”As the Father sent Me, I also send you.” (Jn.20:21)

The truth is, you were made for glory. Adam lost it; Jesus regained it for us. Our heavenly Father values you so much that He gave what was most precious to Him–Jesus (Jn.3:16). How much value does Jesus have to the Father? How much value do you have then? Can we say it…”infinite worth.”

This is why we never glorify God with our “I’m just a worthless worm” theology. It’s well-meaning but misguided. It’s false humility based on ignorance of our identity. God didn’t pay Jesus for a worthless worm. You are the “Pearl of great price” that the “merchant” (God) paid everything for (Mt.13:45-46). Can you see that you were made for glory?

When Jesus said in John 14:7, “If you had known Me, you would’ve know My Father…”, He was making a statement for the purpose of setting the example. He was basically saying, I have shown you the way you will live from now on. For He continues on to say, “…and from now on you will know Him and have seen Him.” You see, He was showing us the way to the Father (Jn.14:6), so that our lives would reflect the same glory that His life reflected.

As Paul was trying to teach us, we are to shine out this glory in ever-increasing strength as we behold Him (2 Cor.3:18). For our life will manifest what we have beheld. In this case, Who we have beheld.

It’s true, God’s glory will cover the whole earth (Hab.2:14). His “good, acceptable and perfect will” (Rom.12:2) is going public. As Paul tried to tell us, this mystery was finally revealed in Christ. After all, you contain the hope of this glory in you (Col.1:27). And His plan has always been to reveal it through you.

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About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 36 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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7 Responses to Glory – God going public

  1. David Cummuta says:

    This is good stuff! God’s public relations plan was for us to be His ambassadors. Let’s all go public. 🙂

  2. Father’s Glory

    Although the Father will not share his glory with another (Is 42.8), He Glorified his Son with the same glory that He had before the world was formed (John 17.5.) As believers, we are now His Sons’ body (Rom 12.5; 1 Cor 12.27.) We are in Christ, and Christ AND the Father AND the Spirit are in us (John 14.23.) When Jesus said: “Glorify your Son that Your Son may glorify You”, as sons of the Father and as co-heirs with Christ (Rom 8.17) we have access to the same Glory of son-ship (John 17.2.)

    The Glory that the Father gave Jesus was therefore freely given to us (John 17.22.) Jesus’ mission on the earth was to bring many sons to glory (Heb 2.10.) Our Brother always likes to share the Kingdom (Luke 22:28, 29.) The sons of God are therefore to be the radiance of God’s Glory, and the exact representation of His being (Heb 1.3.)

    The Father’s Name

    When the sons reflect the Father’s glory on the earth, they reveal the Father’s Name however. The Father’s Glory and the Father’s Name are inseparable. When the Lord showed Moses His Glory, He proclaimed the Name of the Lord to the prophet. He declared “I AM.” ” He passed in front of Moses, proclaiming [His Name], “The LORD, the LORD: [I AM] compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness”” (Ex 34.6.) To carry the Father’s Glory is to show forth his Name and Nature then.

    Jesus Himself also said that He had worked to declare the Father’s Name to those who were given to Him (John 17: 6, 26). And, it was this work of manifesting the Father’s Name as “I AM” (the Light, the Bread, the Shepherd) that glorified God on the earth (John 17.4.) A true son is always to carry his Father’s Name and likeness (Gen 5.3). It is that which brings glory to his Father. It is true in the natural, and it is true in the spiritual.

    And, so it should be with us, beloved. We are to reveal Abba, the most sacred name and nature of God. No-one, even the Levites, ever used this name of God, until Jesus the True Son. In this hour, Jesus is now showing us how to do the same. Jesus wants us to manifest the name of Abba on the earth. This is the TRUE RELEASE of the Glory of God.

    The Father’s Name IS Love

    The sons of God are therefore to manifest Love because Abba’s very Name is Love (1 John 4:16.) The sons are to reveal Abba as the compassionate, kind, long-suffering, gracious, forgiving, just, and merciful God (Ex 34:5-7.) The sons are to manifest Abba’s chosen fast: to loose bonds of wickedness, to undo heavy burdens, to set the oppressed free, to break every yoke, to share bread with the hungry, to bring the poor to their house, and to cover the naked so that the glory of the Lord shall be their rear-guard. (Is 58:6-8)

    This IS the Glory of God, beloved. We are made in His image (Gen 1:26-27.) The Father crowned us with Glory (Psalm 8.5), and we are to cast those crowns at His feet. What better way to do this than to be a reflection of our God of Love now – on earth, as it is in Heaven.

    If you’ve seen a son, then you’ve seen the Father. The ultimate mark of a son is that they look like the Father: full of light and full of glory. Jesus died for this. Christ died so that you and I could be sons of Love who know the Father and carry His glory – a reflective glory of Love. When people see sons, or more importantly when people see us, they should see the Father of Love and glorify Him.

    The Coming Glory Cloud

    Much has been said and prophesied in recent years about the coming Glory Cloud in the body of Christ. While I unquestionably love the manifest presense of God – and believe that it exists – Father asked me this question one day: ” is it possible to have a pillar of fire appear in your midst and even a Glory cloud in your meeting, and wander in the desert for 40 years?” The answer is most definitely yes – just look at the nation of Israel. The Glory was in the midst of Israel in the desert, and yet they failed to enter the promised land and do the will of God. In their unbelief, they never listened to Joshua and Caleb, who wanted to take the land – despite the Fire and Cloud accompanying them day and night.

    What was the problem? To me it was an issue of Love – it always is. Plain and simple. Picture this. The glory cloud is with them. The Father’s will is for them to enter the Promise. The people chose not to; they disobeyed. Jesus said though in John 15: ‘If you love me, then you’ll obey me.’ So, put it all together and you get this. Glory Cloud in their midst – they still disobeyed – and they disobeyed because they never really loved God. And so it is with us today. The only thing stopping us from getting there is the lack of our mature love for the Father. Glory Cloud or not, this is no validation of our ability to do what Jesus said and keep the first commandment first. I am personally convinced that WE are his Glory on the earth, and the Glory is revealed through His Body on the earth, when we begin to look just like Him.

    The Prayer of the Lord

    At the end of the Lord’s prayer, Jesus says this speaking of His Father: ”For thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory, for ever and ever, amen.” Take first the Kingdom. It is interesting to me that although the Kingdom is the Father’s, He gave it to the Son, and then the Son shares it with us. The Kingdom is also ours, beloved. Then take second the Power. Jesus said in Acts 1: ‘When He the Holy Spirt comes upon you, you shall receive power. So, the power is also ours, isn’t it?

    Next, take the Glory. When Father said He wouldn’t share His Glory with another in Isaiah 42, He was referring to other Gods and idols. We are not another god or even ‘another’, we are His beloved (Song of Songs 2). Jesus further said in John 17.22 that He had given them [his disciples] His Glory.

    Beloved, when you really let the Spirit speak to your heart you’ll find this truth – a truth that the enemy wants to hide from you. YOU, yes YOU, carry the Father’s Glory on the inside. And you are further called to manifest this on the earth as the Bride of Christ, so that this knowledge of the Father’s Glory covers the earth as the waters cover the sea. I am utterly convinced of this.

  3. very good post Mel. The body is waiting on a glory cloud coming, a bit like a ‘happening.’ I’m not convinced. I believe a glory cloud can indeed manifest in shekinah form upon a people, but to me – as we embrace the process of sanctification, the glory is revealed through us, from the inside out.

    My experience is that you can access the manifest glory of God in worship most times you want to. You feel it physically, if you have a close relationship with him. This is much different to the glory being revealed from the inside out, where we actually begin to look like Jesus.

    These prophecies of a glory cloud coming dissappoint me – as you can access it NOW if you abide in the vine. It’s all about the skill of abiding.

    Peace

    AR

    • Mel Wild says:

      I would agree with you. It’s a bit Old Testament. And I, too, have had so many awesome encounters with God just by soaking in His presence. We have glory living in us!

      These outward manifestations DO happen and they are awesome, but people tend to look to that like the latest carnival act, almost to the point of following signs and wonders, instead of living in Him where signs and wonders are following them. It’s almost like people need these things to believe. But God’s looking for habitation, not visitation. I think it was Frank Viola who said that if God has to visit us, that means He’s still homeless.

      And I think the idea of revival is the same. It’s interesting you don’t see revival talked about in the New Testament. For they lived a lifestyle of constant revival. And actually, we’re supposed to be going from glory to ever increasing glory as we behold Him (2 Cor.3:18). As you say, we don’t have to wait for it. It’s up to us to have an open heart before a supernatural God. Thanks for sharing your insights. Blessings.

  4. This is soooo good: “I think it was Frank Viola who said that if God has to visit us, that means He’s still homeless.” I’m gonna steal this from you my brother.

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