THE GLORY OF GOD IS CONCEALEDFebruary 12, 2023 2023-05-01 16:20
THE GLORY OF GOD IS CONCEALED
WHY IS THE GLORY OF GOD CONCEALED FROM HUMANS?
The glory of God is concealed as we read in Scripture. Prov. 25:2 reads, “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings to search out a matter.” Many things — if concealed — will not bring glory to God. Mysteries are concealed or hidden just because we do not have the mental capacity to understand them, e.g., the filiation of the Son of God, the Holy Trinity, the eternal decrees, and so on. However, it is true that what is concealed for it is God’s glory to conceal. His eternal purpose to individuals is concealed, as humans still abide in sin. Humans cannot fully experience and receive the glory of God on this side of heaven because of the sinful nature of the world. The future, specifically on the day of the second coming, will be the time when the glory of God will be unveiled in its fullness. There is wisdom in concealment, and there is no need to wish that we know.
We cannot have a great view of God’s glory when we are lost in sin. However, as we experience the process of sanctification, the blinders from our eyes fall. We begin to see more and more of the glory of the Lord. Not only that, but we also begin to receive it in our lives, even on this side of heaven.
Inward and Outward Glory
Most people concealed the great glory of the Tabernacle. Only the High Priest or chosen people can be inside the Tabernacle. Outwardly, the Tabernacle was plain. The truth and the glory were inside. The outer cover was made of badger’s skins (Exo. 26:14, 36:19). Badgers refer to sea animals — scholars associate them with porpoises, whose skin would be grayish. Thus, the outside of the Tabernacle did not display splendor, and it was nothing compared to the beauty inside of the Tabernacle.
The less than attractive outside with the glory in one inside foreshadowed Christ’s first coming. He was not going to come in outward glory, but he would come for the ignominy of the cross. It would be in the second advent when his full splendor will be displayed. This glory will be so bright that it will destroy the enemy (2 Th. 2:8).
How God Hides the Mysteries
The first coming of Jesus was described in the book of Isaiah: “For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him” (Isa. 52:2 KJV). There was nothing spectacular about the physical attributes of Jesus. His character, teaching, power, and divine nature held great glory. Only those who served in the Tabernacle knew about the inward glory and have experienced it. In the same way, only those who serve Christ knows about the greatness of his glory. The world may laugh at Christians or, they may find it crazy to be devoted to Jesus, but carnal eyes cannot see his glory. It’s a spiritual glory — the great glory of all, the beauty of his holiness (Ps. 96:9) that the natural man cannot see nor value.
Nevertheless, as we follow the glory of Jesus, the material glory of the world is attracted to us. However, as you chase the tinsel of this depraved world, we follow something temporal and cheap. The glory of God, produces abundance in wealth here on earth.
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