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Here We Go

by KB feat. PK Oneday
Verse
Exodus 33:18-20 ESV

Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.”

Sermon: 75 Min

At Work and Worship in the Theater of God

by Julius Kim

Article: 7 Min

The Genius of Geneva

by John Piper at Desiring God

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
(2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV)

The Hebrew word for glory is derived from the word kaved, which means “heavy.” It was sometimes used to describe people who were wealthy or important, who deserved honor and recognition.

When this word is used to describe God, it carries even more weight—the weight of all things. Almighty God is more substantial, more influential, more worthy of honor than anyone else. When compared to the weight of his glory, everything else is like dust in the wind.

God’s glory is really the sum total of all of his attributes—everything he is and does reflects his glory and serves to enhance his reputation. God’s glorious reputation is largely based on what he has done.

The cloud in which God revealed himself in Exodus, in the Temple, and at the Transfiguration (Exodus 16:10; Ezekiel 10:4; Matthew 17:5) were visible manifestations of the eternal reality of his glory. Although God’s glory was not fully contained by the cloud of glory, God was, in his mercy, showing his glory in a visible way so people would know that his presence was with them. He showed glimmers of his greatness so the people would fear and worship him.

The created world is also a manifestation of God’s glory. The Psalmist almost shouts, “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1 ESV). Everything we see in creation is heavy with the weight of his fingerprints. This includes the crowning touch of creation: human beings. We were created to reflect God’s glory back to him and to everyone around us. The Westminster Shorter Catechism puts it like this: “What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” Our entire purpose can be summarized in the phrase “glorify God.”

How can we glorify God?

Well, we certainly can’t add to his weight, since his glory is already infinite, but we can reflect his glory. When Moses came down from God’s presence on the mountain, his face literally glowed with the after-burn of being with God (Exodus 34:30). We might compare it to the way the moon reflects the light of the sun. When we spend time with God, rejoicing in his character and his acts, we will more and more reflect his character in our own lives and naturally imitate his acts simply by being in proximity to him.

Trusting God, worshiping him, and telling others about him are all ways we can glorify him. And while we do those things, we can look forward to the day when we will be with him in glory. Our feeble attempts to glorify God here on earth will one day be complete when we share the weight of his glory in heaven.

This article was adapted from Nancy Taylor and Phil Ryken’s book, Is God Real: Encountering the Almighty.

“No one has ever seen God; the only God,
who is at the Father’s side,
he has made him known.”
(John 1:18 ESV)

There are few things in life as wonderful as a face-to-face conversation with someone we love. Sitting across a table and sharing a meal together is pure joy. As we grow deeper in our relationship with God, we often wish we could have that same level of intimacy with him. But is that even possible?

Throughout the Old Testament, very few people even wanted to see God. They knew of his holiness and great glory, and they feared that if they saw the face of God, they would die. After all, in those days if you appeared before a king in an unworthy way you could be put to death—and how much more frightening it would be to approach the King of kings! Their fears were not unfounded. When Moses asked to see the Almighty, God said, “You cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live” (Exodus 33:20 ESV). God allowed Moses to see the back of his glory, but not his face.

Occasionally, God allowed prophets and apostles to see him seated in his glory in heaven.

  • Moses and the elders of Israel saw God (Exodus 24:9-11). However, because the only thing described is the ground around his throne, it seems likely that they were flat on their faces in worship and didn’t actually look up to see God’s face.
  • Isaiah had a vision of God, and his response was, “Woe is me! . . . for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” (Isaiah 6:5 ESV).
  • John the evangelist also was transported to heaven and saw God (Revelation 4).

Although he dwells in holy glory and we are unworthy sinners, God wants us to know him, to talk to him, and to see him. So he made it possible for us to know him through Jesus, who became a man and lived on earth for a time. Jesus told his disciples, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9 ESV). Jesus was God himself, in human flesh. His physical death on the cross and his bodily resurrection from the grave made it possible for us to have an eternal relationship with God.

This relationship will culminate in our appearance before his throne and our entrance into heaven, where we will be with him and worship him forever. What people in the Old Testament thought was impossible has now been made possible for us: one day we will see God face-to-face and live with him forever.

This article was adapted from Nancy Taylor and Phil Ryken’s book, Is God Real: Encountering the Almighty.
Verse
Isaiah 6:2 ESV

Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”

Quote

Man’s chief end
is to glorify God 
and to enjoy him
forever.

Verse
Revelation 4:11 NIV

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

Quote

I am content 
to fill a little space
if God be glorified.

Verse
2 CORINTHIANS 4:6 NLT

For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.

Article: 30 Min

Why All Things Work for Good

by Thomas Watson at Monergism

Verse
ROMANS 11:36 ESV

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. 

Message: 50 Min

What Is It Like

to Enjoy God?

by John Piper