THE GLORY OF GOD AND THE GLORY OF MAN
The bible made us to know about these two glories: the glory of God and the glory of man; the glory of God for the sons of God (the inner man-spirit), while the glory of man is for the sons of men (the outward man-flesh, body).
In St John 11:40: Jesus said unto Martha: said I not unto thee that if thou wouldest believe thou shall see the glory of God? In John 2:11-the beginning of Jesus’ miracles in Cana of Galilee, manifesting forth his glory, his disciples believed on him. St John 17:22; and the glory which thou gavest me, I have given them that they may be one as we are one. Rom 3:23 says that, “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” but Jesus came to take our sins, made us righteous and the glory of God is deposited back into our spirit.
As many as are born again, have the glory of God-the life of God in them-the Holy Ghost. This is the glory the sons of God lost in Adam but now received back in Christ Jesus. Jesus the son of God came with the glory of God like Adam but Satan could not succeed in replacing the glory of God in him with the glory of man. (Mt 4:8-10: all these things will I give thee if you will fall down and worship me) Jesus did not fall into Satan’s temptation and He retained his glory unlike Adam that lost his own glory.
Satan uses three things to tempt people:-
- Lust of the flesh(appetites)
- lust of the eye(earthly riches and excesses) and
- the pride of life(influence, fame, recognition)
Now we are changed from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord(2 Cor 3:18).
The measure of the divine possession in us determines the glory of God in us. These divine possessions are: divine faith (faith of Christ), divine spirit (spirit of Christ) and divine knowledge (knowledge of Christ).The more of these three in us determines the glory of God that we can experience and enjoy till we get to the fullness of the divine faith, spirit and knowledge.
We are joint heirs with Christ and as He is so are we in this world. We must seek and possess more divine possessions to show forth more of the glory of God. (Christ in us the hope of glory) As Christians we are divine beings not human beings. The human being (body) is our house. We are spirits in the earthly house-body. We must not seek the possessions and glory of our body forgetting our divine possessions. With our divine possessions, we will be able to meet the needs of our body Mt.6:33.Our divine possessions are for our use here and hereafter but the human possession ends here and many are getting them naturally by, toiling and compromise. Why not get your divine possessions and use them to meet your spiritual and physical needs supernaturally, without effort or compromise. Remember this is our original state before the fall.
It is sin that brought us to the realm of the natural; we must get back to the realm of the supernatural because the antichrist is here to put everyone operating in the natural realm in bondage and mark of the beast.
As we have divine possessions, there are also human possessions for the glory of man: this is what earthly minded people and carnal Christians seek after;-to show forth the glory of man. Its danger is that seeking human possessions makes one forfeit God’s glory. One cannot enjoy both together. One would have to play down one for the other; the flesh must decrease for the spirit to increase, one is a lower blessing, the other a higher blessing.
A choice would have to be made between the two; the glory of God (spiritual riches) or the glory of man (physical riches).We cannot serve God and Mammon, our eyes would have to be single. Please check out these scriptures:1Peter1:23-25,Col 3:1-2,Phil 3:7-8,Phil3:19,2Cor 6:10,Lk.12:15,Jonah 2:8,Lk 16:15,Jer 45:3,Rev 3:17-22.
May the Lord Jesus Christ help every Christian not to seek for the needs of the body only but rather for the spiritual needs. We must not be like the foolish rich man who was not rich towards God (Luke 12:20-21) if God blesses us it is for His work not for vainglory. The things that are seen are temporal but the things unseen are eternal.
by Godwin Enemudo