The Glory of God
HOLINESS and the GLORY of GOD
The word “glory” is almost impossible to fully define. It is used more than 400 times in the Bible and seems to be the overarching way our God is described. We should describe God’s glory as:
God’s perfection displayed in beauty and greatness.
God shouts to us through His beautiful creation (Psalm 19:1).
God forgives us through His great salvation (Psalm 79:9).
The Glorious TEMPLE [CHRISTIAN]
God’s spirit dwelled in the Jewish temple, that is, until the people destroyed it by placing their own idols within this holy place. Because of this, God’s glory left the temple. In the New Testament, the apostle Paul connects what happened in Ezekiel with what can also happen with every Christian, so he warns us:
You are God’s temple, so keep yourself sacred (1 Cor. 3:16-17).
Focus on future glory, not present sufferings (Romans 8:18).
Study and Discussion Questions
1. How can such an imperfect being (us) realize the beauty and greatness of a perfect being (God)? The way humans run towards so many other things (idols) proves that it is often difficult for us to appreciate God’s glory. In what ways have you demonstrated a true awe for Jesus Christ lately?
2. Read about the light and radiance of God’s glory (John 1:9-14; 2 Cor. 4:6; Heb. 1:3; Isaiah 59:19; 60:1-2; Rev. 21:11). Why is “light” one of the main descriptors of the glory of God? Discuss the importance of physical light and also spiritual light.
3. Read Psalm 8:1; 93:1; 104:1; 111:3; 145:5; Isaiah 2:10; Exodus 15:11. What is the splendor of God’s majesty? Why does it describe God as being clothed in majesty?
4. Moses prayed for God to show His glory to him (Exodus 33:18-23). Why did God limit His glory with Moses? Does it have to do with how much we fall short in our own holiness? Moses could not see God’s face and live, but someday we will be able to see God’s face. What will be the difference? In what ways will God complete us when we are glorified (1 Cor. 15:35-58)?
Applying the Word to Life
5. What does it mean for us to keep ourselves sacred? Do we see ourselves as set apart for God? Do we keep our mind, body, and spirit pure? Are we walking in the Spirit (Gal. 5)?
6. Are you consumed with a trial in your life? How can you begin to focus on what God is doing inside of you for future glory instead of getting discouraged for your life present circumstances? What can you do today to change focus?