The Benefits of the Glory of the Lord

by APC on March 23, 2017

This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him (John 2:11, KJV).

God’s glory has a purpose. God wants to reveal (manifest) His glory in us! He does this so we can become a reflection of His glory—the power, presence, and essence of God. Part of our discipleship in Jesus is learning how to allow God to destroy the things in us others see and operate His glory in us.

There was a purpose to Jesus’ first miracle—turning water into wine. This was the manifestation of God’s glory, and a foreshadow to how He would operate His ministry while on the earth. His ministry would not only have power over man, but over nature. And, His ministry would be about helping others, operating in authority, and being engaged with humanity.

Miracles are events that demonstrate God’s power. Everything Jesus did revealed His glory. The miracles Jesus performed on earth were ones that renewed fallen creation—restoring sight, bringing the dead to life, the lame to walk, etc. His goal is to restore His glory in us.

Today, God wants to continue the manifestation of His glory, created in us (II Corinthians 5:17). His glory has become tangible for us. When we received the Holy Ghost our spirit was made perfect, but His glory will take care of the restoration on the outside.

Why God’s Glory is Revealed in Us

Revealed for Provision

The first time God’s glory is mentioned in Scripture is in Exodus 16:7. Israel had just departed from Egypt and realized they were hungry—they were in need. God’s glory manifested and the people had quail and manna to eat. God taught His people the lesson of provision through His glory (Romans 15:13). He will show us that He is the One who provides for us, and He will put us into circumstances that only He can meet our need.

Revealed for Instruction

When Israel left Egypt, they didn’t know how to live right, so God called Moses up on Mount Sinai to deliver the law (Exodus 24:16–17). The sight of the glory of the Lord was like fire on the top of the mountain. God’s glory will burn everything out that we don’t need to know and spring up something new in its place. He will put the right knowledge in our heart, mind, and spirit. We just need to listen and change (John 14:26).

Revealed for Correction

After a while in the wilderness, Korah rose up against Moses, the chosen vessel by God (Numbers 16:19). He rebelled against the authority God had set up over the Nation of Israel. Before the earth opened up and consumed Korah and his entire camp, the glory of the Lord appeared. God showed His people that He would not tolerate rebellion and purged it from them that day. God’s glory shows us that we cannot do some things and there are things we need to stop doing in our lives. We should appreciate His hand of correction and this manifestation of His glory in our lives (Psalms 94:12–13).

Reveals for Direction

When Israel was in the wilderness they didn’t know where to go. But, it was God’s glory that covered the tabernacle in the wilderness that led the people by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night (Exodus 40:34). God mapped Israel through 40 plus years in the wilderness. His glory showed them not to cross boundaries that He set up (Acts 16:6) and not to make boundaries where God makes roads (Acts 13:2).

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on March 22, 2017 with Pastor Nave