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The Glory

Posted by appolus on April 9, 2013

What is the glory of God? We hear it used so often in Christian circles, but do you really know what that is? Is it just a description , an adjective, something to describe what you imagine God is like or what it is like to be in His presence? The truth is, the glory of God is God Himself. Wherever He is, then there is the glory. It is a dwelling place, it is His dwelling place. Moses had to put off his shoes because he was standing on holy ground. Now, was the ground holy before the Lord came? Was it holy after He left? What about the burning bush? When God inhabited the burning bush then the bush was God and could not be consumed by fire. Yet when the Lord left the bush was just a bush. Does God dwell in temples made by human hands? Is a church building holy? What is a building without the manifest presence of God? What is a person without the manifest presence of God operating in their lives? Where is the glory outside of the presence? How can the world see a manifestation of His presence if that manifestation of that presence cannot be seen in His children? We know that after Moses spent time in the manifest presence of God that his face actually glowed.

Before the ark of the covenant was brought into Solomon’s temple, the temple was merely a human marvel, a wonder of the world to be sure, like the pyramids, yet simply a structure built by human hands. It is the presence of God represented by the ark of the covenant that made Solomon’s temple special. When the ark took up residence in the heart of the temple then and only then was there a manifestation of God’s glory.
2Ch 5:7 And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of Jehovah to its place, to the Holy of Holies in the house, into the most holy place, under the wings of the cherubs. 2Ch 5:11 And it happened as the priests came out of the holy place, for all the priests present were sanctified, and did not wait by division. You see brothers and sisters, when the ark was placed in the temple there was no division of the priests, they were as one. And the people were as one also………2Ch 5:12 And the Levitical singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their brothers, being clothed in white linen, having cymbals and with harps and lyres, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them a hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets,
2Ch 5:13 and they were as one to the trumpeters and to the singers, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking Jehovah; and as they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised Jehovah, saying, For He is good, for His mercy endures forever, the house was filled with a cloud, the house of Jehovah,
2Ch 5:14 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of Jehovah had filled the house of God!

You see brothers and sisters, when the people came together as one, without division and the ark took up its proper place in the holy of holies then God came down, His manifest presence filled the temple and the glory of God filled the house of God. When God brings His remnant people together, when He brings them out and they stand as one, with one mind and with one spirit then the glory of God will fall upon them for all the world to see. The glory of God will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. There is no doubt that the glory of the first temple was an awesome thing, indeed it was a wonder of the ancient world. Solomon’s temple was a marvel and without equal. It housed the Ark of the Covenant, which represented God’s glory here on earth. Often the shekinah glory of the Lord would rain down like fire and emanate in this glorious temple. Men from all over the known world would be drawn to this wonder and to the wisdom of its God ordained builder. The Queen of Sheba crossed many different lands to come and see what was going on in Jerusalem. This Temple would last for almost 400 years before being allowed to be destroyed by the Lord who allowed judgment to fall on Israel.

After 70 years, the Lord would bring His people back and they would lay the foundations to rebuild the temple. This temple was very much smaller than the original and of course there were still people alive who would have remembered the glory of the original temple. The people were discouraged by this and many other factors and had to be encouraged by God to rebuild, after the building had lain dormant for 16 years, that’s a lot of years of discouragement. There would be no ark of the Covenant, no shekinah glory for this temple, yet little did the builders know that into this structure would walk, in the flesh, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

This temple would hold the maker of heaven and earth and He would announce His mission to the world from this very spot, a great glory indeed. In this very temple, sin, desperately seeking for a hiding place , would be exposed by the light of the world. The bearers of this sin, the religious men of the day, were the last vestiges of a sin that had begun to be exposed by the Law and Moses. Now a greater than Moses would enter right into the temple, the last place any one would look for sin, and expose it in the very heart of the hypocrisy of the “moral ,’ men of the day. Seventy Years after Jesus was born, once again the temple was destroyed. This time the former marvel of the ancient world would never rise again. Yet, each time the Lord would destroy a magnificent building, and replace it with something less, the glory revealed in the reduced surroundings would increase.

Now, in the final irony of this world, the temple would be rebuilt, but not with stones, not with bricks and mortar, not with inlaid gold, but with a people. And once again the Lord would increase the glory revealed. We, as true Christians, are the living stones, we are the temple of the living God. Jesus has entered into our hearts , not something built by men, and has taken up residence. The heart of shekinah glory dwells in the center of each and every royal priest. His light, His love, His truth, His peace, His joy, His glory, His healing, His comfort, His power, His justice, His grace, His majesty, His deliverance and all that He is, burns at the very center of our being. This fire, the fire of the Holy Spirit, is housed in the temple of His choosing. Yet each of us are but one mere stone in the temple. And one stone does not a temple build. It is in the coming together of these stones that brings down the manifest glory of God corporately. God is bringing His stones together and assembling His new temple. He alone has shaped every stone. The master builder is building His very own temple.

And so, can we describe the glory? Jesus is the glory. Glory is the very essence of life itself. It’s the breath a drowning man takes when he is one second away from death but somehow manages to burst through the waters and breathe. It’s life itself. Glory is where all breath comes from. Glory is the oasis that the man in the desert stumbles upon having wandered without water to the point of death. Glory is where the living waters come from. Glory is when I have fallen and lay dying on the bloody battle-field of life and through the mist and the smoke of war rides the transfigured Christ appears. He carries me from there, through the gates of hell and death into the unbroken sunshine of a brand new dawn and I am renewed. Where He is is glory, it is He and it is a dwelling place. A place where we are conciously one. To behold His glory is to be where He is.

Lord, when your glory comes down, when I walk with you where you are then my empty soul is filled and filled and filled to overflowing. I weep, I cry, I laugh, I love. I do this in your glory. I breathe glory into mortal lungs and I could run and never stop. I see glory with mortal eyes and suddenly your glory is everywhere. I truly see the beauty that you have created. Now I am aware of just how hungry I am for you and your glory. I am now ruined for everything else because I have seen the King and this world is such a poor second best, mere shades of grey in comparison to the light of your presence. I am so hungry, I stretch out my hands to heaven like a chick with open mouth waiting to be fed. To be fed by your glory is heaven’s food. Every word from you is life to my soul. To consume and to be consumed. My mortal ears are opened and I hear heavenly choirs of angels sing unknown songs with notes that are beyond our grasp and resonate and penetrate my very DNA. This is the glory of God, complete one-ness, wholeness. God is glory, glory is God and I dwell in it as I look into the face of Jesus, behold our God’s glory is manifested and shines in the face of Christ our Lord. This is the spirit of Glory.

1Pe 4:14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of God and of glory rests on you

2Co 3:18 But we all, with our face having been unveiled, having beheld the glory of the Lord as in a mirror, are being changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Lord Spirit.

Act 7:55 But being full of the Holy Spirit, looking up intently into Heaven, he saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.

Eze 43:5 And the Spirit took me up and brought me into the inner chamber. And behold, the glory of Jehovah filled the house.

Joh 17:24 Father, I desire that those whom You have given Me, that they may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me, for You have loved Me before the foundation of the world.

2 Responses to “The Glory”

  1. Amen Frank.God will only release his glory on those who will give it back to him for his name sake. I just wrote an article a couple days ago along this same theme. this seems to be the burden of the lord in this hour.

  2. appolus said

    Hey bro Timothy, indeed. God will only manifest His glory to those whose heart desire is to magnify Him. He does not manifest His glory to justify anyone’s ministry. He is never a genie in a bottle, He is always God almighty and He is immutable , He never changes and He is not glorious, He is Glory. He is the source of all things, He is the noun and not the adjective, praise the Lord!!! I look forward to reading your article later on today when I can devote some time to it. God bless you brother………..bro Frank

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