The Glories of Christ are fourfold:
This in very essence is what He is in Himself, an identity of essence shared in the Trinity, for there are no degrees in the Godhead: One Person is not more God than another. Such unity of eternal glory as “thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee”, John 17. 21, qualifies the Son alone to say in prayer, “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was”, v. 5.
How good to know that, in contrast to the godless chaos and confusion of mankind today, there is the promise from heaven of an eternal age of glory ahead! There will also be the millennial reign on earth of God’s mighty Victor when
In a general sense, in the pathway of our Lord’s humanity, His personal and official glories were commonly hidden as He passed through the circumstances of life day by day. Only when faith discovered it, or when an occasion demanded it, was the veil drawn aside to reveal these glories. Thus:
In every area of His perfect Humanity, there shines out in supreme beauty and loveliness a moral glory seen by men when “the Word became flesh” (not made in the sense of created, but by a willing identification with a human body and with human circumstances and environments) “and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory”, John 1. 14.
In the divine programme prepared for Him, and into which He so willingly entered, there was in unblemished display a glory full of “grace and truth”, unfolded in every word that He spoke, every work that He did, and in every step that He walked.
The words of grace, coming from the Saviour’s lips in the house of Simon the Pharisee to the woman “which was a sinner”, have come to many through the long years—with heaven’s richest blessings. “Her sins which are many, are forgiven … Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace”, Luke 7. 47-50.
How precious to the saints are His words of promise; none shall “pluck them out of my hand”, John 10. 28; “be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”, 16. 33. “I will never leave thee, nor (a repeated negative!) forsake thee”, Heb. 13. 5.
Sympathizing with all the griefs and sorrows of humanity which, in very experience, He came to know, He was moved in active compassion to meet the deep needs of men, “For in that he himself hath suffered … he is able …”, Heb. 2. 18. Here, in the qualification of His right to help man, there shines out in His works the manifestation of His glory, John 2. 11, bringing men to believe, worship and serve Him. Thus the blind man in John 9. 38 came to believe and worship, and Bartimaeus, receiving his sight, “followed Jesus in the way”, Mark 10. 52. How great is the need in these godless days for the saints, moved by the vibrations of the mountain sermon, so to “shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father which is in heaven”, Matt. 5. 16.
How great is the honour for the child of God, so to live in identification with the indwelling Christ of glory, that the world around will see “Christ … the hope of glory”, Col. 1. 27, and because of this, they will glorify God, Gal. 1. 24.
Jesus, Lord art Thou,
Fairest of ten thousand,
At Thy Feet we bow;
As we view Thee coming,
Saviour from above,
All our hearts are ravished,
With Thy wondrous Love.
Yea, those hidden glories,
That reside in Thee,
By The Holy Spirit,
Lord, reveal to me.
That with quickened footsteps
And with grateful praise,
I may follow fully,
All my earthly days.
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