The glory of God refers to the sum total of His Divine essence or to any part of His Divine essence. Glory always has the connotation of honor inherent in a person, distinction, greatness, renown, fame, nobility, or majesty.
David, who in recognizing God’s grace and rulership over Israel, states the principle of the glory of God in Psa 21:5-6.
Psa 21:5-6, “His glory is great through Your victory (salvation), splendor and majesty You place upon him. 6For You make him most blessed forever; You make him joyful with gladness in Your presence.”
“Glory” refers to God’s integrity.
“Greatness” refers to His other attributes.
Deut 5:24, “Behold, the Lord our God has shown us His glory and His greatness.”
There is a point at which we see God for the first time and we understand His glory. You cannot see the greatness of God until you can see the glory of God. Seeing the glory of God is seeing the integrity of God through pertinent Bible doctrine.
Rom 3:23 says that “we all fall short of the glory of God.” To fall short of the glory of God is to fall short of His integrity, that is not knowing and or applying it in our lives. His integrity is made up of His righteousness and justice. God’s perfect righteousness rejects our sin, and His justice accepts our faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins.
God’s glory is the source of the “wisdom” – EPIGNOSIS – ἐπίγνωσις (ep-ig’-no-sis) doctrine in our right lobe, which causes Occupation with Christ. Eph 1:17
Eph 1:17, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom even from the source of revelation by means of EPIGNOSIS knowledge from Him.”
How the Believer Glorifies God:
God is glorified at the moment of our salvation through adoption into the Family of God.
Eph 1:5‑6, “Having predesigned us to adoption (the appointment of adult) sons (for Himself) through Jesus Christ, according to the kind intention (benevolent purpose) of His will, to the praise of glory (from the source) of His grace, which He freely bestowed on (has pursued) us in the Beloved.”
Glory is used for the indwelling of Christ.
Col 1:27, “To whom the God decreed to make known what is the riches (wealth) of the glory of the mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope (confidence) of glory.”
The Royal Family is called to eternal glory since Christ is seated in the place of glory. The formation of the Royal Family comes under the phrase, “being called to eternal glory.” 1 Peter 5:10; 2 Peter 1:3. This is the status of the Royal Family being called into eternal relationship with the integrity of God.
God is glorified by means of the church, Eph 3:21, when believers attain spiritual adulthood and move to spiritual maturity. Those believers are said to be “filled with all the fullness of God,” Eph 3:19.
There are three categories of spiritual adulthood:
- Spiritual Self-Esteem is cognitive self-confidence.
- Spiritual Autonomy is cognitive independence.
- Spiritual Maturity is cognitive invincibility, when you are manufactured into an invisible hero.
The riches of maturity are from the glory of God.
Eph 1:17-18, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom even from the source of revelation by means of knowledge from him. 18…that the eyes of your right lobe may be enlightened, in order that you all may have a permanent knowledge, knowing what is the hope of His calling [maximum blessing], and what is the riches from the source of the glory, the inheritance of His saints.”
Eph 3:16,”In order that He might give you according to the riches from His glory, to become strong by means of power through His spirit with reference to the inner man.”
Phil 4:19, “Now my God shall fill up the deficiency of all your needs according to the standard of His riches in glory by means of Christ Jesus.”
The mature believer has received this glory, 1 Peter 1:7‑8. Receiving glory is blessing from the integrity of God to the mature believer.
The believer glorifies God when he parlays the Life Beyond Gnosis, Eph 3:19, into the Life Beyond Dreams, Eph 3:20.
- The Life Beyond Gnosis is EPIGNOSIS – ἐπίγνωσις (ep-ig’-no-sis), the consistent function of post-salvation renewing of your mind, Rom 12:2.
- This means cognition of the Mystery Doctrine for the Church Age through perception, metabolization, and application, by means of the filling of the Holy Spirit.
- Learning Bible doctrine in the Old Testament won’t advance you in the Life Beyond Gnosis. You must understand the Mystery Doctrine of the Church Age, which is found in the New Testament epistles. It contains all the mechanics for the Plan of God in this Dispensation.
- The result is the attainment of spiritual adulthood. Then you begin to gather fantastic and dynamic momentum.
- Therefore, spiritual maturity parlays the Life Beyond Gnosis into the Life Beyond Dreams, which becomes the basis for maximum glorification of God.
The pattern for glorifying God includes suffering for blessing, not Divine discipline or self-induced misery under the Law of Volitional Responsibility.
There are three categories of suffering for blessing:
- Providential Preventative Suffering.
- Momentum Testing.
- Evidence Testing.
2 Tim 4:7-8, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
John 12:25-26, “He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. 26If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him”.
- God will not only reward those who glorify Him, but He will also sustain them in their suffering, Heb 2:7-9; 1 Peter 1:6-8; 5:10.
- Glorification of God is then related to the distribution of your escrow blessings for time and eternity, 1 Cor 3:10-15; Rev 2-3. When God is able to reward you, He is glorified because your rewards where based on His Word, His Spirit, His Plan, His Provisions, and your non-meritorious faith in Him.
- God is glorified and receives glory forever in the function of ultimate sanctification and the deliverance of the ultra supergrace believer, 2 Tim 4:18.
The Mechanics of Glorifying God:
- The Lord is glorified through our hymns, songs, and psalms, Exo 15:1-20; Judges 5:3; 2 Chron 5:13; Psa 7:17; 21:13; 22:22 ff; 66:1 ff; Acts 16:25.
Exo 15:1-3, “Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the LORD, and said, “I will sing to the LORD, for He is highly exalted; The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea. 2The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; This is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will extol Him. 3The LORD is a warrior; The LORD is His name.”
- The Lord is glorified through the confession of our sins. Joshua 7:19-20
Joshua 7:19, Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, I implore you, give glory to the LORD, the God of Israel, and give praise to Him; and tell me now what you have done. Do not hide it from me.”
- The Lord is glorified through our priestly service, 1 Chron 16:4; 23:5, 30; 2 Chron 7:6; 8:14; Ezra 3:10; Neh 9:5.
- The Lord is glorified through our prayers, 1 Chron 29:10-20.
- The Lord is glorified through our thanksgiving, Eph 1:3-14; Heb 13:5.
- The Lord is glorified by submitting to governing authorities, Rom 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-15.
- The Lord is glorified as a result of faithfulness in suffering, 1 Peter 1:6-9.
- We will glorify the Lord in the eternal state, Isa 45:23; Rom 14:11; Phil 2:10-11; Rev 5:11-13; 19:1-6.
The resurrection body is described in terms of glory, 1 Cor 15:43. Our resurrection body is raised in glory because we are in the status quo of everlasting life. We will live forever in a state of glory.
In 2 Thes 2:14,”The attainment of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ,” refers to having a resurrection body exactly like our Lord’s and being in union with Him.
Other Uses of Glory:
Glory is used to describe the strategic victory of Christ in the Angelic Conflict, Luke 24:26; John 12:20-24, 28; 13:31-32; Heb 2:10; 1 Peter 1:10-11.
John 12:20-24, “Now there were some Greeks among those who were going up to worship at the feast; 21these then came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and began to ask him, saying, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.’ 22Philip came and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip came and told Jesus. 23And Jesus answered them, saying, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.'”
1 Peter 1:10-11, “As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, 11seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.”
Luke 24:26, “Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?”
- God the Father is the source of our Lord’s glorification, and the Father is glorified as a result of the Son’s glorification, just as the Son is glorified in the Father’s glorification.
- The Humanity of Jesus Christ is glorified, because He fulfilled the Father’s Plan of Salvation.
When the Father glorifies the Son, the Father is also the recipient of glory. This reflects on their intimate relationship as noted in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one,” and Christ’s Authority Orientation as noted in John 13:16. It speaks of the unity of “being” between the Father and Son, compared with John 17:5, “glorify Me together with Yourself,” which is speaking of simple unity of position, B.F. Westcott.
Heb 2:10,”To have led to glory many sons;” God brings many sons to glory by judging our sins, so that when we believe in Christ, we are entered into an eternal relationship with His glory. We receive the imputation of God’s perfect righteousness, which is the potential for blessing from the integrity of God.
1 Tim 3:16, “Christ taken up into the place of glory;” this refers to the third heaven, the location of the integrity of God, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God in glory.
In Romans 13:32, “Immediately” means that God the Father will raise His Son so that the Son will not see corruption or decay, Psalm 16:10; 49:9; Acts 2:27, 31; 13:34-37. On the third day, He will be raised. This fulfills the principle of 1 Sam 2:30, “…but now the LORD declares, ‘Far be it from Me—for those who honor Me I will honor…” It is speaking of the imminent resurrection, ascension, and session of the God-Man Jesus Christ in Hypostatic Union following His death.
- The right woman is called the glory of the right man, 1 Cor 11:6-7, 14-15. Her long(er) hair is a glory to the woman. Long hair on the male is dishonorable.
- Glory describes the wonders of the universe, 1 Cor 15:40‑41.
- Glory describes human glamour which is temporal, 1 Peter 1:24; Phil 3:19.