1: In The Presence of His Glory

In this episode I talk about how the impact of Jesus’s words to seek first his kingdom and his righteousness. His righteousness is an element of his glory. The glory of God is most easily seen in the heavens, but it is ultimately realized in the person and work of Jesus Christ. We are created for his glory, saved by his glory, for the purpose of proclaiming his glory.

“Is not the essense of righteousness to place supreme value on what is supremely valuable, with all the just actions that follow? — Thus the righteousness of God is the infinite zeal and joy and pleasure that has in what is supremely valuable, namely, his own perfection and worth.”

John Piper, The Pleasures of God

The Glory of God is the public display of the beauty of his holiness or even the beauty of the culmination of all his attributes.

All in all, Hubble reveals an estimated 100 billion galaxies in the universe or so, but this number is likely to increase to about 200 billion as telescope technology in space improves


Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.

Isaiah 43:7
  • Moses exclaimed “Show me your glory” in Exodus 30:18
  • After the work of building the tabernacle was completed (Exodus 43), the Glory of God filled the tabernacle and Moses couldn’t enter because of His presence. The same happened in 1 Kings 8 – the Ark of the covenant was brought into the Temple, then the Glory of the Lord filled the Holy of Holiest and again the priest couldn’t enter. Chronicles and Ezekiel also talk about the glory of God filling the temple.

Jesus is the pinnacle of God’s glory.

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt {tabernacled} among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14

And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. 51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.

Matthew 27:50-51

In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.

Ephesians 1:5-7

“The Calvinist is the man who has seen God, and who, having seen God in His glory, is filled on the one hand, with a sense of his own unworthiness to stand in God’s sight as a creature, and much more as a sinner, and on the other hand, with adoring wonder that nevertheless this God is a God who receives sinners.”

B.B. Warfield

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