the Glory of God
Have you beheld the glory of God?
The experience of all believers in Christ is expressed in the words
of the apostle Paul, We, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lords glory,
are being transformed into His likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the
Lord, who is the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Jesus Christ came that men might see His glory and believe on Him
(Jn. 20:31). At the miracle in Cana of Galilee, Jesus revealed His glory, and His
disciples put their faith in Him (John 2:11). The disciples saw His glory during the
day of His flesh, and believed that God had visited them.
We beheld His glory. What was it they saw? John
testified, And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory,
glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth (Jn. 1:14).
The apostle John literally says, He pitched His tent among
us. He tabernacled Himself among men. John has in mind the Jewish
tabernacle in the wilderness, or the portable tent of meeting which was the
center of worship in the Hebrew nation.
The tent that housed the tabernacle was about 45 feet long and 15
feet wide, and was divided into two rooms, called the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies.
The Ark of the Covenant was the only piece of furniture in the Holy of Holies also called
the Most Holy Place.
It is important to keep in mind that everything about the tabernacle
centered on the worship of the LORD God. But it served a greater purpose of pointing to
the coming of the Son of God who would pitch His tent among us so we could behold His
glory and worship Him.
The tabernacle was the center of worship in the Old Testament. Today
we gather around the person of the Lord Jesus Christ and worship the LORD God. It is
through Jesus alone that we have access by one Spirit unto the Father (Eph. 2:18).
The tabernacle symbolized the dwelling place of the LORD God. The
divine glory in the Holy of Holies symbolized the holy presence of God with His people.
The second person of the Trinity became a human being and
pitched His tent among us. God became man and lived among us. In Him man could
behold Gods glory.
The tabernacle was the center of Israels camp in the wilderness
(Num. 2:17). Everything centered around it. It is highly significant that Jesus Christ
is the center of the Christian encampment. He is our gathering place, notes
Boice. Jesus said, And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to
myself (Jn. 12:32). For where two or three come together in my name, there am
I with them (Matthew 18:20).
The tabernacle was where the testimony of Gods self revelation
was preserved. A copy of the Law of Moses was preserved in the Ark of the Covenant.
Jesus Christ came to fulfill the law completely. Do not think
that I came to abolish the law or the prophets; I do not come to abolish, but to
fulfill (Matthew 5:17). He came to bring the law to full completion, perfection and
give complete obedience to it. In deed, Jesus was the complete fulfillment of its type,
prophecies and payment of the penalty of sin.
The apostle John saw that God had been revealed in the flesh of His
unique Son and declared, We have seen His gory, the glory of the One and Only, who
came from the Father. Jesus replaced the ancient tabernacle of God. In His flesh He
is the manifestation of Gods presence and power on earth. God meets with man today
and speaks to him in the second tabernacle. Instead of a limited revelation of Himself as
was given to Moses (Ex. 33:20), we have the full, revelation of God, the exact
representation of the invisible God in His Son (Heb. 1:30.
The old tabernacle was the place where the sacrifices were made
reminding the people of Israel without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness
of sin (Heb. 9:22).
There is no other name given among men were by we must be saved (Acts
4:12). There is no salvation except through faith in the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ
(2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 9:11-14). The blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from
all sin (1 Jn. 1:7).
The perfect sacrifice of the Lamb of God was offered up to the LORD
God in the tabernacle of His own flesh at the cross of Calvary. Have you put your faith in
Him and beheld His gory and worshipped Him? Yes, you can behold the glory of
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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