Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sharing in the Glory of God

UV 1186/10,000 Sharing in the Glory of God

For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
Romans 3 v 23

This is the uni-verse that convicted me of my need for salvation. All are guilty before God. No one is an exception. There is no one who is absolutely sinless among those who walked on earth except Jesus. But now that we have received salvation by faith in the one sinless and holy One who shed His blood for our sins, we no longer fall short of the glory of God. We are declared worthy to enter the kingdom of God where we will receive and experience the fullness of His glory. As it is, we are now part of His kingdom on earth. We no longer live by the law but under grace. We are no longer miserable creatures but glorious creatures of God. We constitute the crown of His creation. Though all have sinned, some have been restored by grace to the glory of God.

As scripture puts it, “ Christ in us is the hope of glory.” The hope of glory gives us a great and inextinguishable source of joy. Glory refers to the greatness of God, the might and power of God, the perfection of Jesus, the ineffable beauty of the presence and the attributes or the presence of God. Once we receive Jesus into our hearts by faith, the presence of God clothes us. In other words, we are clothed in the glory of God.

The glory of God manifests itself in different ways in our lives here and now: the glory of His character, the glory of His power, the glory of His wisdom, the glory of His goodness, the glory of His grace, the glory of His provision, His protection and promotion. We experience His abundance, His supernatural protection, His timely provision, His wise counsel, leadership and guidance on a day-to-day basis. His glory brings us both supernatural wisdom and supernatural favour. Is it not an amazing discovery that each of us is no longer “come short of the glory of God” ? As children of the Heavenly Father by adoption, we share in the glory of our Father for that is our inheritance.

Prateep V Philip

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