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“God's Glory”

And the glory of the LORD abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud. (Exodus 24:16)

Throughout the Bible we read of God’s glory, and it must have been an amazing sight to those who were privileged to see it. In the verse above it was visible atop Mt. Sinai while Moses communed with the Almighty. Later it filled the tabernacle upon its completion (Exodus 40:34), and the temple upon its completion (2 Chronicles 7:1). After this latter manifestation the Israelites, “bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the Lord, saying, ‘For He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever’” (vs. 3).

Peter tells us that God has invited us into His glory.

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you (1 Peter 5:10).

We need this invitation and a way to access His glory because, on our own, we all fall short of it (Romans 3:23). A theme of Paul’s letters is his call for Christians to behave in a manner worthy of God’s glory (1 Thessalonians 2:14-15). And though we face fiery trials here, we have His promise that, if we hold fast to our faith in Him, we will have access to God’s glory in the after-while.

1 Peter 4:12-13  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:  (13)  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

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