Spiritual Nuggets: The Glory of God

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    “As air is the atmosphere of the earth, so glory is the atmosphere of Heaven. It lifts us up above the earthly, into the very presence of God.” - Ruth Ward Heflin

    The Hebrew word for “glory” is chabod (Strong’s #3519), which means, “Weightiness; that which is substantial or heavy; glory, honor, splendor, power, wealth, authority, magnificence, fame, dignity, riches, and excellency.”

    The root of chabod is chabed, “to be heavy, glorious, notable,” or “to be renowned.”

    Chabod is God’s glory, not only His majesty, renown, and honor, but also His visible splendor, which filled Solomon’s temple, and will someday fill the earth (I King 8:11; 2 Chronicles 7: 1-2; Numbers 14:21).

    Examples of chabod in the Scripture:

    Arise, shine;
    For your light has come!
    And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.
    For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
    And deep darkness the people;
    But the LORD will arise over you,
    And His glory will be seen upon you (Isaiah 60:1-2)
    But truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD (Numbers 14:21)
    For the earth will be filled
    With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD,
    As the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14)
    The Greek word for “glory” is doxa (Strong’s #1391), which means “majestic perfection.” An example is John 2:11:

    This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
    Doxa is splendor, radiance, majesty, and absolute perfection residing in Jesus and evidenced by the miracles he performed.

    Glory = light (Isaiah 60:1-2)
    Glory = cloud (2 Chronicles 5:14)
    Glory = dew (Psalm 133:3)
    Glory – the nature and substance of God
    Glory – the manifestation/ demonstration of Jesus plainly seen
    Glory – the atmosphere of Heaven
    Glory – the manifest presence of God
    Glory – the realm of the miraculous, “Open Heaven”

    A lifestyle of praise and worship brings the manifest presence of God and the splendor of His glory into our lives (Psalm 100:4; Psalm 96:7-9; Psalm 29:1-2) and ushers in the King of glory:

    Lift up your heads, O you gates!
    And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
    And the King of glory shall come in.
    Who is this King of glory?
    The LORD strong and mighty,
    The LORD mighty in battle.
    Lift up your heads, O you gates!
    Lift up, you everlasting doors!
    And the King of glory shall come in.
    Who is this King of glory?
    The LORD of hosts,
    He is the King of glory (Psalm 24:7-10).
    As we experience the glory of His presence, we are transformed into His image, "from glory to glory:"

    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 by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18).
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