HOME

LOCATION

ABOUT US

Beliefs

Practices

History

EDENHALL GROVE

Civic Opening

Conferences

THIS MONTH
OUR DAILY BREAD
DEVOTIONAL
GOSPEL
MISSIONARY
CONTACT
SEARCH

 

 

 

 

HOME

LOCATION

ABOUT US

Beliefs

Practices

History

EDENHALL GROVE

Civic Opening

Conferences

THIS MONTH
OUR DAILY BREAD
DEVOTIONAL
GOSPEL
MISSIONARY
CONTACT
SEARCH

Glory Revealed

The glory of the LORD shall be revealed (Isa 40:5)

This verse contains not so much a Name of the Lord Jesus but rather a title – the glory of the Lord. This title refers to Christ Himself, the brightness of the Father's glory, and means the majesty, power, or honour of the Lord. Isaiah writes this immediately after prophesying the work of John the Baptist in preparing the way for the Lord (Isa 40:3-4)

Our verse states that the glory of the LORD shall be revealed.  John in his prologue writes we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father (John 1:14). The character of our Lord Jesus displayed in His walk on earth was holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners (Heb 7:26). He dwelt among us “full of grace and truth”. All the moral qualities of God were seen in Him in perfect balance, so that He could say, “He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9) The disciples saw in Him divine perfections such as omniscience - knowing the thoughts of the heart, and omnipotence in doing miracles (e.g. changing water into wine, John 2:11) which revealed His glory. Peter writes that he, James, and John were eyewitness of His majesty (2Pe 1:16), not just as a result of the miracles He did for all the disciples were involved to some extent with them, but they saw His glory (Luke 9:32) when He was transfigured on the mount before them; then His face was as the sun, and His raiment was as white as snow and glistening.

However Phi 2:7 states that the Lord made Himself of no reputation, or a better translation is that "He emptied Himself" as a voluntary act when He came to earth. We are assured that He could not empty Himself of His deity, for then He would have ceased to be God. So of what did He empty Himself? It was those equalities He had with God of majesty and glory, not the essential attributes of deity. He did not cease to be God, nor become half-God and half man, but wholly God and wholly man in a mystical union that is beyond definition. It would not have served His purpose to have walked among men in the shining dignity such as He displayed on the Mount of Transfiguration. Thus the glory of the Lord was not fully revealed when the Lord came into this world, and Isaiah’s prophecy was only partially fulfilled. It will help us to understand this if we remember in John 17:5 the Lord’s prayer was that the Father would glorify Him with the glory that He had with the Father before the world was. Peter states, “God raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory” (1 Pet 1:21). When Paul remembered his own conversion on the Damascus road, the spiritual illumination he received at that time that shined in his heart caused him to see "the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2Co 4:6).

So when will the glory of the LORD shall be revealed (Isa 40:5)? Although as stated above there were occasions when the Lord Jesus was on earth, these seem to be only a partial fulfilment of Isaiah’s prophecy, and it is believed that the complete fulfilment of this verse is still in the future, i.e. its principal application is to the Lord’s second coming rather than to His first.  There will come a time when all flesh shall see it together (Isa 40:5), not just the Jews but Gentiles also for “every eye shall see Him” (Rev 1:7), and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed. Meanwhile He sits in glory, sharing His Father’s throne (Rev 3:21).