Topic: See That You’ve Been Glorified [23rd January 2018]
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).
When Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the Bible says “…the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked…” (Genesis 3:7). Their fall made them “see” that they were naked, and they became ashamed and afraid. When God called out to Adam in the Garden, he replied, “…I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself” (Genesis 3:10). The Lord’s response to him was, “…Who told thee that thou wast naked?…” (Genesis 3:11).
It matters what you see and how you see. Adam saw his guilt and his shame, but that’s not what God wants you to see. Isaiah 33:20 says, “ Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation….” The Hebrew word for “look” is “cha?za?h,” and it means to look and see from the realm of the spirit; to see the unseen. It was this ability to see from the spirit-realm that Adam and Eve lost, and couldn’t see the glory anymore.
Now, our theme scripture says, “…if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” The word “behold” is the Greek “idou,” which is akin to the Hebrew word, “cha?za?h.” It means to become spiritually aware, to see, and come alive to what you see. God wants you to see, become spiritually aware, that you’re clothed with glory. The glory that was lost is now restored and realized in Christ.
That’s the meaning of Colossians 1:27. “Christ in you the hope of glory” means glory has been realized; it has come! Jesus said, “And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them…” (John 17:22). Therefore, see that you’ve been glorified! Romans 8:30 declares, “Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also…glorified.”
There’s no reason to be afraid or run from God; He’s taken away all the guilt, reproach and shame from your life and wants you to see that you’re now His righteousness in Christ Jesus. See that you’ve been justified by faith and have peace with God! See that you’re a success and a victor forever. Hallelujah!
Dear Father, I love you; I thank you for granting me insight into realities, to see and walk in your glory. My life is the expression of your beauty, excellence, and wisdom, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
FURTHER STUDY: 2 Corinthians 3:18 Isaiah 60:1-2
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Matthew 15:29-16:1-12 Exodus 3-5
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Acts 11:15-30 Job 17