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Discover the Book - Mar. 5, 2009

  • 2009 Mar 05
  • COMMENTS
 

Our Glorious Lord

Please open with me to Luke 9:28 on our way to our study of Psalm 19.  Come with me to the place Jesus let His glory shine. Come to that hallowed spot that Peter couldn't shake the memory of. To his dying day he remembered that awesome sight. There on a lonely mountainside he saw God shining out of Christ. Yes, he had seen the miracles. Loaves multiplied, sick healed. These were amazing. But nothing rivaled this. For just a moment they were bathed in an unearthly light. There was a warmth and wonder to it. So much so that Peter wanted to never leave that place. But there was also the sheer horror of seeing the unleashed glory of an infinite, incomprehensible, limitless God coming out of One he had spent so many days and nights with.

John said it near the end of his life, we beheld His glory! Attending the transfiguration of Christ was memorable privilege "granted to only three disciples, our Lord's intimates, Peter and James and John; intimates not because of favoritism, but because they more than the others were willing to pay the high price of following Him closely. Like them, we are each as close to the Lord as we really want to be."

For those three it was an unforgettable experience.

  • In reading John's record of it written half a century later, we can almost detect the awe in his words, "We beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father" (John 1:14).
  • Peter too records the indelible impression the experience made on him, "We ... were eyewitnesses of his majesty" (2 Peter 1:16). The passing years had only served to deepen their awe and wonder. It appears as though the evangelists vie with each other in their endeavor to convey the impression of the glory of the Lord on that occasion.
  • Matthew records that "His raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow" (Mark 9:3; see also Matthew 17:2).
  • Luke adds other elements: "The fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering" (Luke 9:29). The "form of God" shone through the form of a servant (Philippians 2:6).

These descriptions make it clear that the illumination was not merely external, as from a spotlight. The change came from within, first the countenance and then the garments, which had the translucent whiteness of pure light. Common to all records are the two features of dazzling whiteness and blazing light. The word "glistering" means to emit flashes of light. Combining the three descriptions, we have the purity of snow, the majesty of lightning, and the beneficence of light emanating from the person of the Lord. Small wonder that Peter wanted the experience perpetuated!"

  • So we are here this morning to glorify God. How? What can we do personally that would please and magnify Him? First we should respond to His glory. How ?
    • HALLOW HIS PRESENCE = Exodus 3:5-6 Then He said, "Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand [is] holy ground." Moreover He said, "I [am] the God of your father -- the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God. (NKJV)
    • FEAR HIS HOLINESS = Judges 13:21-22 When the Angel of the LORD appeared no more to Manoah and his wife, then Manoah knew that He [was] the Angel of the LORD. And Manoah said to his wife, "We shall surely die, because we have seen God!" (NKJV)
    • REPENT OF ALL SELF-SUFFICIENCY = Job 42:5-6 "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor [myself,] And repent in dust and ashes." (NKJV)
    • CONFESS ALL SINFULNESS = Isaiah 6:5 So I said: "Woe [is] me, for I am undone! Because I [am] a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts." (NKJV)
    • BOW BEFORE HIS GLORY = Matthew 17:6 And when the disciples heard [it,] they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. (NKJV) transfiguration, fell on face.
    • TALK ABOUT HIS MAJESTY = 2 Peter 1:17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (NKJV)-- Peter still talking at end of life.

Glory of God in Scriptures is Described As:

The truths that we discovered and discussed yesterday, but the Glory of God in Scripture is also described as the:

Glory that emanates from the redeemed. This is the praise of God's people. This is the testimony of the saints. This is the purpose of the church and each member of the body of Christ. God isn't sending out the heavenly hosts to put on a cosmic sound and light show this Christmas. He has you and me instead. What are some ways we can glorify and magnify God?

·         By seeking the Lord above all else in your life! Matthew 10:37 "He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. (NKJV).

·         By humbly refusing to take any of His glory for yourself. Again, the damned are characterized in

o        Romans 1:21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. (NKJV);

o        1 Peter 5:5-6 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble." 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, (NKJV).

·         By completely trusting God Romans 4:20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, (NKJV)

·         By dedicating every activity of life to Him . 1 Corinthians 10:31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (NKJV). This is one of the acid tests for a spirit-led believer. Can you really and honestly say as you start out on anything, "Lord God my Creator and Redeemer, I now utterly dedicate to you my -

o        Expenditure of money on this item [since its your money]

o        Body as I take it to this place, my presence and activities I dedicate to your glorious holiness. [See why the older you get in Christian maturity, the less freedoms you take! There is a consuming passion that grows to be found in Him unspotted by the world James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. (NKJV)]

·         By consistently enduring suffering 1 Peter 4:14-16 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people's matters. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter. (NKJV)

 

 

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