The Glories of
And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become so much better than the angels, to the extent that He has inherited a more excellent name than they.
Jesus Christ is the exact image of God and the radiant light that shines forth. He is God and is radiating His own glory. In 2 Corinthians 4:4, that the gods of this world have blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. It is God who allows such blindness. Jesus Christ is on full display in all creation and in the hearts of those who have regenerated by Him. Our Lord, by His power and His own Holy nature makes a way for the forgiveness of the sin debt that is owed by each man, woman, and child. The light of Christ has shined forth in all His glory and honor. So much so that He now sits at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Although Christ has existed eternally, he was made lower the angels yet afterward was highly exalted due to His finished work of redemption. For this reason, also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name, which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11. Have you turned from your sinful ways and turned to Christ for salvation? Have you bowed the knee to King Jesus? His second coming is drawing near so what will Jesus in all His glory say to you on that day. Professing Christ is not just some empty words we express. Do you genuinely have a love for Christ, His word, and His people? Genuine love for God always produces obedience to His commands! You cannot legitimately say you love God if there is not obedience to His Word and His Lordship in your life! The surest evidence of salvation is a love for God that drives me to submit and yield to His will and His Word! We know also that we are saved because God is continually at work in our lives, separating us from sin, making us holy, conforming us into the image of Jesus, and maturing us in Christian graces. What happens when the Christian does sin? God disciplines, corrects, and even “scourges” him to turn him back into the way! To the saved this is a sweet reminder that I belong to God, and He will not let sin have me! God designs this loving discipline to drive us to repentance. The mark of a believer is a tender heart! He is so easily broken by the rebuke of God! He is genuinely sorry over his sin! His love for God will not allow it! So when (not if) he sins, he quickly comes clean before God! Genuine repentance is agreeing with God over my sin and putting it away! Are you living for God’s glory? Is the fruit of the Spirit evident in your life? Not perfectly but directionally? Christ has made Himself known by the radiance of His glory, so I plead with you to be reconciled to Him today.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what the hope of His calling is, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.
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2 Corinthians 4:4
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
The Holy Bible: King James Version, Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009), 2 Co 4:4.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of ethings in heaven, and ethings in earth, and fthings under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.