Glory

Monday, Nov. 21                                     

There’s an intriguing word often used in Christian circles.  It’s a common word in the Bible, too.  It’s the word “glory.”  We are to “glorify” God.  What does it mean to glorify God?  The Greek word has varied meanings.  To glorify can mean to praise something or someone.  We glorify God when we bear fruit (Jn. 15:8).  People glorified God when they saw a miracle (Lk. 5:26).  [“Glory” and “glorify” in many KJV passages are replaced by “praise” in other versions.]  Another use of the Greek word is found in Jn. 7:39.  “By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. . . since Jesus had not yet been glorified.”  Some interpret this use of “glorified” to mean the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension of Jesus into heaven.  More specifically, it could refer to His body being changed from a corruptible state to an incorruptible state, as described in 1 Cor. 15.  In this regard, Jesus was called the “first fruits.”   He seemed to use those new (or restored) powers to appear and disappear, to walk through locked doors, etc.  A third meaning is representing God’s traits—His holiness, sovereignty, eternality, et al.  When we “glorify” God, we are recognizing those traits, honoring them, and worshiping God because of them.  It is NOT that we can add anything to His character—which is already established and has never changed.  We don’t need to embellish His image.  We just need to recognize Him for who He is, submit to Him, and worship Him.  And by the way, we shall be glorified some day.  It will include being praised—“well done”—and there will be rewards, but more importantly, we will have incorruptible bodies, i.e., no more sin!  Hallelujah!

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