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Experiencing God’s Exceeding Glory

God’s glory is manifested in His love and power. How can a Christian experience exceeding glory? Colossians 1: 25-27 reads, “Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God; Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” Because the indwelling Christ is the complete manifestation and representation of God in the born again Christian as stated in Hebrew 1:1-3,  “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high”. To experience God’s glory, you have to receive Jesus Christ into your life (Jn. 1:11-13).

How did Moses and the Children of Israel experience God’s glory? Read Exodus 33:17-34:10. 1.  The Enlightenment of God’s Glory: A. When God revealed His glory to Moses in Exodus 34:5-7 the answer for their dilemma was found to be in God’s character and power. B. Moses learns that God is able to “…pardon our iniquity and our sin.”  C. Paul explains that God’s glory enlightens believers to see eternal values.  (II Cor. 4:16-18) “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal”. D. Paul challenges the believers to do all things to the glory of God. (I Cor. 10:31) “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God”. This truth enriches every area of the believer’s life giving the simple every day acts incredible meaning.

II.  The Emancipation of God’s Glory: A. God’s glory is liberating as Paul states in Romans 8:21. (Rom. 8:21) “Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God”. B. God’s glorious liberty is personal as it releases the believer from the power of sin. (Rom. 6:11-14) “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of  righteousness unto God.  For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace”. C. God’s glorious liberty is perpetual because it is everlasting. D. God’s glory releases the believer from being bound by their sin and their earth bound senses. E. The revelation of God’s glory liberated Moses’ mind to see God was merciful beyond man’s imagination.

III. The Enablement of God’s Glory: A. People have wondered how Moses could survive for 40 days without food or water. Ex. 34:28 I believe the answer is found in the enablement of God’s glory. B. We see that God enables those He calls to service. (II Cor. 4:1) “Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not” (II Tim. 1:12) “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry” IV. The Endowment of God’s Glory: A. The promise of salvation includes the experience of “glorification” as set forth in Romans 8:29-30. (Rom. 8:29-30) “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified”. B. The experience of being glorified will occur fully when we see Christ. (I John 3:1-3) “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure”.  (Rom. 8:16-18) “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” C. Sharing the glory of Christ likeness is a part of our inheritance as children of God. V. The Enticement of God’s Glory:  A. Moses prayed, “I beseech thee, show me thy glory.” It is clear that God seeks to entice us to seek a deeper relationship with Him by revealing His glory to us. (Ps. 63:1-7) “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.  Because thy loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice”. (Ps. 84:1-2) “How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!  My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God”.

B. The experience of salvation is one of glory: 1. We have a glorious calling. (II Peter 1:3) “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” 2. We live in a glorious creation. (Ps. 19:1) “The heavens declare the glory of God; and  the firmament sheweth his handy work” 3. We find glory in tribulation. (Rom. 5:2-5) “By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us”. 4. We await the glorious return of Christ. (Titus 2:13) The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 5. We are members of a glorious church. (Eph. 5:27) “That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish”. 6. We have a glorious ministry. (II Cor. 3:7-11) “But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly Behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:  How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?  For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious”. 7. We will have a glorious reunion: (Rev. 5:12-13) “Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever. 8. We will have a glorious rest”. (Is. 11:10) “And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious” Have question you may call: 08033399821 or write: akpogena@yahoo.com Stay blessed.

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