The Earth Is Full of God's Glory, Part 2

By Francis Frangipane
(En EspaƱol)

Lord, Show Me Thy glory!
Some teach that as long as we are living on this side of eternity, seeing the glory of God is a false hope, even a heresy. I say, beware of any teacher who promotes doctrines of unbelief! Such people would have you accept a religion about Christ without access to Christ, as though to see God's glory was sin.

Yet the Bible was written by individuals who beheld the glory of God. Did not Moses endure "as seeing him who is invisible" (Heb. 11:27 KJV)? Did not Jesus Himself say, "If you believe, you will see the glory of God" (John 11:40)? To see the glory of God is our call as well. Our spiritual vision is not an imaginary device but that which comes from the living union of the Holy Spirit with our hearts. Did not our Lord promise that the "pure in heart … shall see God" (Matt. 5:8)? Is it not reasonable to expect that, if Christ truly dwells within us, we ought to perceive life with unveiled minds? Just as it is written: "But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit" (2 Cor. 3:18).

Yes, if we remove the veils of sin, shame and self-absorption, and if we persist in seeking God, staying focused upon His Spirit and Word, we should expect to see the glory of the Lord. Such open perception is biblical and should be pursued!

Consider how many in the Bible actually saw the glory of the Lord! Abraham saw the Christ's glory while he was in Mesopotamia. Isaiah beheld Him in the year King Uzziah died. Ezekiel fell before the Living One by the river Chebar. David, Habakkuk, Solomon, and Zechariah all saw the glory of the Lord (Acts 7:2; Isa. 6:1; Ezek. 3:23; 2 Sam. 6:2; Hab. 3:3; 2 Chron. 7:1; Zech. 1:8).

Moses beheld Him, then Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the seventy Hebrew elders as well. Exodus tells us these men actually "saw the God of Israel." The Bible describes this incredible scene, saying that "under [God's] feet there appeared to be a pavement of sapphire, as clear as the sky itself" (Exod. 24:10). The concluding thought is staggering; it reads, "And they saw God, and they ate and drank" (v. 11).

Think of it: They beheld God! Could anything be more wonderful? Is there not a jealousy within you for that experience -- to actually gaze upon the God of Israel?

Be assured, to behold the Lord's glory is both scriptural but typical, especially during the pivotal decades between ages (which is where we are today). The fact is, over six million Israelites saw God's glory on Mount Sinai. Young men, old women, and little children -- people of every age and physical condition -- all saw "the glory of the Lord [as it] rested on Mount Sinai" (Exod. 24:16). These same people actually "heard the [audible] voice of God" speaking to them (Deut. 4:33)!

Yet that unveiling of God's glory on Sinai was not a momentary event. The entire Hebrew nation followed a cloud of glory by day and was illuminated by a blazing pillar of fire-like glory at night. This happened not just once or twice but every day for forty years!

How much more shall the Lord of glory manifest Himself to us at the end of the age?

If you are a God-seeker, there should be a living expectation that, in a variety of ways, God will open your eyes to behold His glory. True, there will be times of darkness when the Spirit develops your faith, yet such times are exceptions. As a beloved child of God, you should carry in your heart an anticipation that any day now -- as you enter your prayer room or go for a walk -- the Spirit of God will answer the cry of your heart: "Lord, show me Thy glory!"



Adapted from Francis Frangipane's book, And I Will Be Found By You available at www.arrowbookstore.com.

1 comment:

  1. Yes Lord open my heart and show me your Glory.

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