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Unlocking the Mystery of Human Life

The Gospel of The Glory of Christ

Part 4

 

The Glory of God is intrinsically related to the Economy of God!

According to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, with which I was entrusted (I Timothy 1:11).

 

In whom the god of this age has blinded the thoughts of the unbelievers that the illumination of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, might not shine on them (2 Corinthians 4:4).

 

Because the God who said, Out of darkness light shall shine, is the One who shined in our hearts to illuminate the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6).

 

God's Economy is "according to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God" (I Timothy 1:11). Have you heard this expression before? Many have heard of the gospel of grace, the gospel of forgiveness, the gospel of justification, and the gospel of regeneration, but not the gospel of glory. This gospel not only brings good news concerning forgiveness of sins and justification by faith; the gospel of glory is the gospel of God's economy.  Glory is God expressed. Thus, the gospel of glory is the gospel of the expressed God; it is a gospel which expresses God's glory.

 

The "gospel of the glory of the blessed God" is an excellent expression. It refers to God's economy mentioned in 2 Corinthians 4:4. The gospel with which Paul was entrusted is the effulgence of the glory of the blessed God. This gospel, by dispensing God's life and nature in Christ into His chosen people, shines forth His glory, in which He is blessed among His people. This is the commission and ministry the apostle received of the Lord. This should be commonly taught and preached in a local church.

 

God's shining in our hearts results in the illumination of knowing the glory of God in the face of Christ, (2 Corinthians 4:6), that is, in the enlightenment that causes us to know the glory of the gospel of Christ.  The illumination that makes the glory of Christ's gospel known to us issues from the shining of God in our hearts.

 

The face of Christ is in comparison with the face of Moses (2 Corinthians 3:7).  The glory of the gospel in the face of Christ is much superior to the glory of the law on the face of Moses.  The glory of the gospel shines in the face of the One through whom grace and reality came, issuing in righteousness and life (2 Corinthians 3:8-9).  The glory of the law shone on the face of one through whom the law was given (John 1:17), resulting in condemnation and death (2 Corinthians 3:7, 9). The purpose of God's shining in our hearts is to illumine us so that we may know the glory in Christ's face.  It is to enlighten us so that we may know not the law of Moses of the old covenant, but the gospel of Christ of the New covenant.

 

In 2 Corinthians 4:4 Paul says that "the illumination of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, might not shine on them."  This verse indicates that the terms God, image, Christ, glory, gospel, and illumination are all in the apposition to one another; thus, they all refer to the same wonderful Person.  God is the image, the image is Christ, Christ is the glory, the glory is the gospel, and the gospel is the illumination.  First, the expression the image of God shows that the image is in apposition to God.  God, who is the source, has an image, and this image is simply God Himself.  If we see the image of God, we see God; if God disappears, His image disappears as well.  Since in verse 4 the image and God are in apposition to each other, they are one.  Therefore, the image of God is nothing less than God Himself.

 

The illumination of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of Christ, has shined on us.  The gospel of the glory of Christ in 2 Corinthians 4:4 corresponds with the knowledge of the glory of God in 2 Corinthians 4:6. We need to note that according to verse 6, the illumination of the knowledge of the glory of God is in the face of Jesus Christ.   This indicates that the gospel preached by the apostle was not a doctrine, theology, or teaching; rather, it was a lovely Person on whose face we can see the glory of God, the image of God.  When we experience the glory of God shining in the face of Jesus Christ, this shining brings into us Christ as the image of God.  We are attracted to such a Christ.

 

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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