Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Glory of Christ

A pic from the movie, "The Passion of the Christ."
The glory of Christ is not a kingly crown; it is Christ's
 ultimate love for human souls demonstrated by His
suffering and death for the sins of all of humanity.
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John 1:14-18:

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’” 16  His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son,who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. - John 14-18 - NKJ

Question:  What is the "glory" of Christ? - John 1:14

Answer:

This 4th Gospel written by Christ's disciple John, continues to expound upon the person of Jesus Christ. John 1:1 described Christ as the eternal Word [of God] who was [is] part and parcel [one] with God. But, this same eternal and holy Christ, became a human being; flesh and blood. That reality was witnessed by Christ's disciples, every day that they lived with Him, traveling the dusty roads of Palestine with Jesus.

The "glory" which is referenced in John 1:14 is the same glory as God, the Father. That glory is "full of grace and truth."  John says that we saw (or beheld) that glory. This could be specifically referencing Christ's Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-9 ; Mark 9:2-9). But, this experience was only one of many, experienced by Christ's disciples.

This Gospel was authored by disciple John under (direct) inspiration of the Holy Spirit, [2 Timothy 3:14-17] following Christ's crucifixion and Resurrection from the dead. Hence, it  a foregone conclusion that Christ's disciples witnessing Christ's glory, included His whole life with them; especially, His crucifixion, Resurrection, post Resurrection appearances with accompanying miracles; and finally, Christ's Ascension into heaven. [Those crucial and heralded events in Christ's life were His "glory," - along with that "grace and truth."]

Artist's pic of Christ's Ascension into
heaven. Just prior to this parting event
Christ opened His disciples understanding.
A more [Greek text] original translation of
Luke 24:45, is:  "Then He opened up of
them, the mind, to understand the Scriptures." 
Mind you; at the time period of Christ's crucifixion, the disciples were blinded to recognize the full extent of Christ's "glory." It was hidden from their eyes. But, afterwards when Christ arose from the dead, he enlightened them. Right before Christ ascended into heaven, Christ lifted that blindness:

44 Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And you are witnesses of these things. Luke 24: 44-48

Christ's glory preceded His fullness:

Before ascending into heaven, Christ related to His [then] disciples His mission. It is stated above in Luke 24:46-47. It is a common mistake of those influenced by the Christian Religion to think of Christ's glory as being that of a King, returning to earth a second time to rule and reign. There is not one iota of evidence in the Gospels and from Christ's own recorded words that He would experience a King's glory, setting up an earthy kingdom. Note:  Christ's Teaching about the End of the World - thechristianmessage.org/2011/12/

Christ's glory consisted in His holy suffering and death for the sins of mankind. That was His purpose. By being born into human flesh and sinlessly living among us, Christ was able to do and to bring what God's law could never do for sinful humanity. Human souls because of sins against God's commandments, are damned in their sins without hope of eternal life with a holy God in heaven. But, Christ, is the Savior. He comes and He dies for the sins of the whole world; past, present and future, making it possible for those who receive Him by faith to be spared from their sins' eternal penalty of hell's damnation.

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The "Glory" of Christ Described in Hymn Verse Lyrics



"Glory be to Jesus, who in bitter pains; poured for me the life blood from His sacred veins."


When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died; my richest gain I count but loss; and pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that i should boast; save in the death of Christ my God. All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to His blood.

See, from His head, His hands, His feet; sorrow and love flow mingled down. Did e'er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a tribute far too small; love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.

"In the Cross of Christ I glory, tow'ring o'er the wrecks of time. All the light of sacred story, gathers round its head sublime."

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Please notice: The above verses quoted out of the King James Version. However, by placing your computer cursor over the Bible reference; you may read each individual verse in the New King James Version [translation].

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Note:  Above pic (s) found on the web and the two hymn verses from TLH ; CPH; 1941

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