I want to talk to you today about the glory of God. In Ezekiel 1:26-28 it says, “And above the firmament over their heads was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like a sapphire stone; on the likeness of the throne was a likeness with the appearance of a man high above it. Also from the appearance of His waist and upward I saw, as it were, the color of amber with the appearance of fire all around within it; and from the appearance of His waist and downward I saw, as it were, the appearance of fire with brightness all around. Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.”
In Genesis 1:26, “Then God said, let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So, God made man, and in Psalms it tells us He “crowned him with glory.” When God created Adam, he was like God, crowned in glory. Adam was not naked; Adam was a flame of fire from his loins up and his loins down, covered in the glory of God. Adam was created in the image and likeness of God. He was created to rule the creation that God had made, but when Adam sinned, he saw that he was naked, because the glory that he was clothed with had departed. The Bible tells us, “For all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory.” Because of Adam’s sin everyone on the face of the earth was born into sin. Since we were all born in sin, we all came short of the glory of God. Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost, and what was lost is who Adam was. God told Adam “the day you eat of the tree you shall surely die.” What actually died that day was who Adam was. Jesus came not only to die for our sins, but He came also to redeem us back to what God had created us to be in the first place. In other words, Jesus came to create a vessel, so the glory of God could clothe it, on the inside and out. Through the new birth, God created us, so that His glory could reside within us, upon us, and flow through us. That’s why He came! That’s why you were born again! “You must be born again,” because the glory of God cannot inhabit a vessel that is fallen like Adam. The glory of God had to have a new creation to dwell in.
Paul tells us in Colossians 1:24-27, “I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them 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.” Notice Paul said, this thing has been a mystery, it’s been hidden; God didn’t show it to people. God had a mystery hidden and that mystery is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Christ in us is God’s hope and our hope to realize the manifestation of the glory of God.