Sunday, January 7, 2024

The Blessing of God’s Glory for the New Year

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Stephanie Englehart shared:

God’s original design for His people was to reflect His glory—to multiply and fill the earth with His glory. When He first designed humans, He created us with the intent to glorify Himself. Even though humanity has sought its own glory, God’s purpose for His creation is not lost. We are still called to glorify God in all we do and say and become ever more satisfied in God as we do so.”

Even if sin, committed by our first parents, Adam and Eve, tarnished the glory of God in our lives, Jesus restored it completely when He died at the cross of Calvary, paying the penalty of sin as required by God. Thus, when we accept Him in our lives, we begin a continual transformation from sinfulness towards righteousness in Christ and through the enabling power of the Holy Spirit, experiencing the glory of God becomes a reality. With this in mind, this is an enduring good news for today and throughout our existence.

What does the Scripture say about the glory of God: “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit." (2 Corinthians 3:17-18 ESV). 

In restoring the glory of God in our lives, the Holy Spirit came for our benefit and His purpose. Penny Noyes provided this insight:

In ancient times, a seal was a “legal signature” attesting ownership and validating what was sealed. The Holy Spirit is our mark of adoption as God’s children. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to his followers so that they could be confident in their salvation. Just as you might make a deposit or a down payment on a new car to make sure the salesperson doesn’t sell it to anyone else, the Holy Spirit is a deposit in our lives confirming the validity of Christ’s message and that we belong to Christ.

Having the Holy Spirit present in our Christian life provided empowerment in living the life of freedom in Christ as Christian believers. As God promised, the role of the Holy Spirit leads us closer to living the life of Jesus solely based on godly standards. Everything by the Spirit of God, and only through the Spirit of God, we experience the blessings of the glorious revelation of God. Most importantly, having the Holy Spirit aligns us with the plans and purposes of God through Jesus Christ towards manifesting His glory in our lives daily.

The coming of Jesus in the affairs of humanity played a significant role in bringing the glory of God. Here are key aspects of our learning:

  1. The Glory of God manifested at the birth of Jesus as John wrote, "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14 ESV)
  2. The Glory of Jesus manifested in us through the new birth: “Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as He is." (1 John 3:2 ESV)
  3. The Glory of God manifests in a continual progression throughout our Christian life as Paul wrote, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." (Romans 12:2 ESV)

After all, the only thing that matters in an ongoing cycle is receiving the glory of God in every aspect of our life. Therefore, becoming a vessel is a must where Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour. Finally, I urge you to invite Jesus and begin experiencing the glory of God in its fullness. 

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