The Spirit of Glory!!!
Posted by appolus on October 19, 2012
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.(1Pe 4:13,14)
Brothers and sisters, I want you to notice the above scripture, especially the highlighted portion. Can you see what the Holy Spirit is saying? He specifically talks about the ” spirit of glory.” What is this spirit of glory that ” shall be revealed?” Obviously the context of 1Peter is suffering, For those who can rejoice in the midst of suffering there is a specific kind of glory revealed. Just like the refining fires reveals the gold that lies within the rock, then the refining fire reveals the gold that lies within the saint as it burns away the rock and the dross and we are left with pure gold. We see in Habakkak, in the midst of terrible suffering and judgement this scripture “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab 2:14)
Now saints, how will the whole earth be filled with the glory of God? If the spirit of glory is uniquely tied to suffering and trials and judgement, and the whole earth is to be filled with His glory, then there is coming a time when the saints in the whole earth will suffer and be tried and be persecuted. We can look down through the corridors of history and see when the remnant church glorified God. We have books such as Foxes book of Martyrs and the Pilgrim church that testifies to the unique glory that rested upon the persecuted church. And so, if we have a church that willingly embraces sufferings, who willing enter into His sufferings, then we see a church that the ” spirit of glory and of God rests upon.” And by the same token, when we see Christendom reject notions of suffering and entering into the sufferings of the Lord in favor of ” blessings,” and ” health and wealth,” and ” prosperity,” then we see a body that is devoid of the ” spirit of glory and of God.” I put it to you that Christendom is devoid of the ” spirit of glory and of God.” Yet, God is raising up a body of believers who are desirous to enter into His sufferings, who are desirous to see God glorified in the earth and who are willing to be used in any fashion to see earth filled with the glory of God.
Now I want you to understand something very important. The word revealed. You see, God’s glory is revealed in His saints. In order for God’s glory, the spirit of Glory, to be revealed then it must be there in the first place. If I refine a rock that has no gold and I expose it to extreme heat then the rock will simply melt. If I expose a rock that has gold in it to extreme heat then the gold will be seperated from the rock and what will be left will be pure gold. And so, in order for a revelation of the spirit of glory and of God in the earth to take place then the gold has to come forth and it can only come forth under certain circumstances, it can only come forth in the midst of sufferings and persecutions. Now who has the gold , this spirit of glory and where does it come from? Joh 17:4-I have glorified thee 5 ” on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. (5) And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” How did Jesus glorify God on the earth? By His willingness to suffer and die because this was the Father’s will as we saw in Gethsemane. And then Jesus says in John 17:22 “And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:”
Saints, do you see where the glory comes from? Jesus says that the glory which the Father gave Him, He has given us. And further note that Jesus says that He has given us this glory that ” they may be one, even as we are one.” Can you see it saints? For God’s remnant people, those who truly belong to Him, there is glory in them and that glory comes from the Father through Jesus our Lord to us. That glory dwells in us as gold dwells in a rock. Now Jesus was willing to suffer and die to reveal the glory of God at Calvary. The mark of His saints is their willingness to suffer and die in order to reveal God’s glory. And so this end time remnant church is going to be revealed through suffering and death, and they are willing participants. In order for the glory of God to cover the earth as the waters cover the sea then the saints around the world will be persecuted all at one time.
This is Satan’s last stand against God’s people. Through His Anti-Christ, he will persecute the saints and try and eliminate them from the earth for he knows his time is short and that the Lord , the Bridegroom is coming. Yet, his efforts will only result in God’s glory covering the earth because when you persecute the saints, when the saints are in the very midst of suffering, then comes a unique blessing called ” the spirit of glory and of God.” Amen saints? If you know Jesus then you know something of the glory that dwells in you. Brothers and sisters, it has to come out, it has to be revealed. As it says in Rom 8:18 “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the coming glory to be revealed in us.” You see brothers and sisters, the glory in us will be revealed, it will be revealed. And according to what Jesus said in John 17 this glory is for the purpose of unity. The end time church , this small remnant church will be uniquly unified through the suffering that reveals glory, praise the Lord. Paul says this 2Co 4:17-18 ” For the lightness of our present affliction works out for us a far more excellent eternal weight of glory, (18) we not considering the things which are seen, but the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are not lasting, but the things which are not seen are everlasting.“
Brothers and sisters, consider the ” spirit of glory and of God.” Consider how ” light,” our coming persecutions and sufferings will be in comparison to the ” weight of glory.” Are you willing to follow your Lord and God to Calvary and beyond for the same purposes that He was willing? If you are willing, then you are part of God’s remnant church here on earth in these last days for you are willing to suffer and die that His glory may be revealed in you and to the world and then we shall see that ” the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Christendom now languishes in the valley of decision,oh to God that they will choose God and follow the narrow path that ultimately leads to glory, but before the glory must come the suffering, and the sacrifice, and fire falls on sacrifice. Always remember saints the Biblical principal that fire falls on sacrifice. There will be no fire of God without sacrifice. So many of the peddlers and the hirelings of the gospel try to bring down God’s fire, bring down God’s glory without sacrifice, it will not come down. It will come down on those who willingly give themselves as a sacrifice, just as the Lord willingly gave His body as a sacrifice.