And to Him was given dominion,
Glory and a kingdom,
That all the peoples, nations and men of every language
Might serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
Which will not pass away;
And His kingdom is one
Which will not be destroyed.
—Daniel 7:14 (NASB)
It was for this* He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
— 2 Thessalonians 2:14 (NASB)
[*verse 13: “…salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.”]
C.S. Lewis wrote a book called The Weight of Glory, one which I’ve never read. Maybe you don’t have to read it. The title is, to me, profound in itself.
We don’t, in our culture, have a real paradigm for understanding “glory.” We have the celebutante version of fame we see plastered on tabloid covers. Some of us can comprehend the dignity of a presidential office. We can imagine we grasp the eminence of the athletes who astound us in the Olympics, the World Series, etc.
Concordance synonyms: honor, majesty, brightness, abundance, wealth, dignity, bliss, the infinite perfections of God.
Revelation 19 gives us a preview of the ultimate full reveal of God’s glory:
1After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting:
Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
2for true and just are his judgments.
11I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. 12His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
—Revelation 19:1-2 and 11-16 (NASB)
God’s glory is full and complete. There exists no glory on earth or in heaven to which He is not entitled, to which He is not the rightful heir. Glory belongs to Him. It is the fulfillment of Him, an extension of His Being. His existence is Glory personified.Continue Reading