The glory of God through us, His creation, is not our putting forth effort to hit an ideal or to align with a creed or even getting to heaven. It’s accomplishing things that show His character, His Name in this earth in spite of the influence of culture. That which is in heaven comes to earth through an earthen vessel (Jer.18:4-6; Matt.6:10) and continually points back to its Source in heaven (Matt.5:16). That is why Jesus could say, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father” because He never misrepresented the Father, no matter how hard people (and the devil) tried to get Him to adjust to their expectations. “Glory” can be translated “excellence”. If we stop short of the excellent purpose and use of God’s power in our life, we have stopped short of His glory. The glory of God through us is purpose revealed and realized. Thayer says that “glory” means “splendor, brightness of the moon”. We only speak of the beauty of the moon because it is reflecting the sun, and the only reason there is reflection is because of the power of the sun. We can only show forth the glory of Him who sits on the throne in heaven. Let us ask, “What of my life points back to heaven?” We are not come-shorters; we are go-forthers whose lives bring attention and recognition to the redemptive God of the ages.
(This is the last excerpt from Marty’s article “Don’t Stop Short” which was published in SEEC Magazine. More excerpts were posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)
The Radiance of His Glory
When Heb 1:3 says He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, one thing it is saying is that Jesus never misrepresented the Father. That is why when Philip demanded, “Show us the Father” Jesus could say, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.”(Jn14:9) As the radiance of His glory Jesus did not glow but He lived out the character of God where it could be seen and benefited from. The character of the Father radiated out of the life that Jesus lived. That is the purpose of the Word of His power working mightily in us.