What is Glory?

Question

We read about the glory of God and also that one day we will go to glory. How much do we know about "glory?"

Answer

The question, "What is glory?" can be simply answered in one word — more accurately, with one name — Jesus! Jesus is glory and the place of glory is the place where Jesus is.

Setting aside the definitive answer, let's try to learn what God tells us about glory in His Word. Let's begin by recognizing that glory is something so far beyond our human comprehension that we must accept there will be mystery in our attempts to understand it. But our gracious God does reveal much to us in the Scriptures. We'll start by first defining "glory" in several contexts: 1) the Glory of God and the glory of man 2) the place of glory and 3) the glory we will receive.

1. The Glory of God

Moses asked of the Lord, "I beseech thee, show me thy glory" (Exodus 33:18) and the Lord responded by showing Moses His goodness. The goodness of God is part of His glory, but it is not His full glory. God's full glory is seen in His face. When Moses asked to see God's glory, God responded with, "You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live" (Exodus 33:20). So God put Moses into a cleft of a rock and, when the Lord passed by, He sheltered Moses with His hand and allowed him only to see His back. It's interesting to note that God instructed Moses to "stand on the rock" that was "by [Him]" (Exodus 33:20) and then God put Moses into the the cleft of that rock. We know that the Rock is a "picture" of Jesus, who is "by" God, seated at the Father's right hand (Hebrews 1:3, 10:12), and into the cleft of that Rock (His body) we are placed when we become God's child.

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