WORLD GOSPEL KINGDOM TRACTS

Unlocking the Mystery of Human Life

The Gospel of The Glory of Christ

Part I

 

Glory is an attribute of God; glory is the expression of God, God expressed in splendor (Exodus 40:34; Acts 7:55; 2 Peter 1:3; Revelation 21:11).

 

The glory of God is intrinsically related to the economy of God (Ephesians 1:6, 10, 12, 14; 3:21; 5:27).

 

The Triune God is a God of glory (Acts 7:2; Ephesians 1:17; 3:14, 16; 1  Corinthians 2:8; 2 Corinthians 4:6; 1 Peter 4:14).

 

God's eternal goal is to bring His many sons into glory (Hebrews 2:10; 1 Corinthians 2:7; Ephesians 1:5-6, 12, 14).

 

Man was created by God in His image in order that man may express Him in His glory (Genesis 1:26; Colossians 1:15; 2 Corinthians 4:4, 6).

 

God created us as vessels unto honor, prepared unto glory; we were predestinated in His sovereignty to be His vessels to express what He is in glory (Romans 9:21, 23).

 

To sin is to fall short of God's glory and thus to express in sin and the sinful self and to love the glory of men more than the glory of God (Romans 3:23; John 5:44; 7:18a; 12:43).

 

Christ's redemption has fulfilled the requirements of God's glory (Romans 3:24-25; Hebrews 9:5; Genesis 3:24).

 

Through the gospel of the glory of Christ, God has called us by and into His eternal glory (2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 Timothy 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 2:12; 1 Peter 5:10; 2 Peter 1:3).

 

Through regeneration the all-inclusive Christ dwells in us as the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27; 3:4, 11; 1 Corinthians 15:45b).

 

Romans 9:23   In order that He might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He had before prepared unto glory,

 

Colossians 1:27   To whom God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,

 

Another marvelous attribute of God is glory.  Acts 7:2 says, "The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham."  Acts 7:55 says, "He [Stephen] looked intently into heaven and saw the glory of God."  Glory is the expression of God, God expressed in splendor.  God's glory was a great attraction to Abraham, separating him from the world unto God.  God's glory was also a great encouragement and strength, enabling Abraham to follow God (Genesis 12:1, 4).

 

Second Peter 1:3 says that God has called us to, or by, His own glory.  Furthermore, 1 Peter 5:10 says that God has called us into His eternal glory.  This indicates that eternal glory is the ultimate goal of God's salvation (Romans 8:21).  God's salvation leads us into His glory (Hebrews 2:10).

 

In the Gospel of John we read that the Word, who was God, became flesh and tabernacled among us, and that we beheld His glory (John 1:1, 14).  John 1:8 goes on to say, "No one has ever seen God; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him."  There is glory in the declaration of God.  When we see God, we see glory.

 

Romans 3:23 says, "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."  Man was made by God in His image in order that man may express Him for His glory.  But man sinned.  Now instead of expressing God, man expresses sin and his sinful self.  Therefore, man is short of God's glory.  Nevertheless, we have been ordained for God's glory and called to it   (1 Corinthians 2:7; 1 Thessalonians 2:12).  As believers, we are being transformed into this glory (2 Corinthians 3:18) and shall be brought into it (Hebrews 2:10).  Eventually we shall be glorified with Christ (Romans 8:17, 30) to bear the glory of God for God's expression in the New Jerusalem.

 

Romans 9:23 says, "In order that He might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He had before prepared unto glory."  God created us as His vessels to contain Him and express Him.  God makes known the riches of His glory upon us, His vessels, which He has prepared unto glory.  We were predestinated by His sovereignty to be His containers, vessels of honor, to express what He is in glory.  This will be fully revealed in the New Jerusalem.

 

To the believers Christ is also the hope of glory.  In Colossians 1:27 Paul speaks of “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”  Christ not only dwells within [the regenerated ones]; He dwells within them as their hope of glory.  Christ can be the [regenerated ones] hope of glory because He dwells in their spirit to be their life and their person.  According to Colossians 3:4, when Christ our life is manifested, we also shall be manifested with Him in glory.  He will appear to be glorified in their redeemed and transformed body (Romans 8:23; Philippians 3:21; 2 Thessalonians 1:10).  When Christ comes, we shall be glorified in Him, and He will be glorified in us.  This indicates that the indwelling Christ will saturate our entire being, including our physical body.  This will cause our body to be transfigured and to become like His glorious body.  At that time Christ will be glorified in us.  This is Christ in us as the hope of glory.

 

When we are regenerated, Christ as the life of glory will come into us as a divine that eventually will blossom into the full expression of God.  The Christ who was God’s expression, the effulgence of God’s glory (Hebrews 1:3), will dwell within us to be our hope of glory.  After regeneration, glory is still a hope to us because it has not yet come out of us in a visible way.  Just as we hope for the blossoming of a seed that has been sown, the regenerated ones hope for the blossoming of the life of glory within them.  Our hope of such a glory is the indwelling Christ Himself.

 

Verses are taken from The Recovery Version of the Holy Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, The Crystallization-Study of the Gospel of God, Volume One.  Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

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