When Isaiah saw the Lord in the temple, he cried out, “Woe is me…” (Isa. The Son does not simply create the universe �on assignment� and then hand it back to the Father as a task accomplished. The glory of the light of God upon his countenance may have been the reason why he remained so hale in later years of old age. The glory of God was such that no human could look at it and live. First, He veiled His divine glory (see Isa. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, a Th.M. But as the lyric points out, Jesus was pleased to dwell with men. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). The following two tabs change content below. From the beginning of time, Jesus, had his own glory. His name is the Son of God. During his earthly life and ministry, Jesus was omniscient, but did not know the time of the second coming. His glory is the triumph of every battle he wins over all his personal, global, and universal enemies. When Jesus came, His glory was veiled in the flesh. This is not to suggest that the Father and the Spirit were not vitally involved in the creation process. Only by gazing on the unfading—no, the ever-increasing—glory of Jesus Christ through his Spirit, can the veil be lifted and people finally see the old covenant for what it is (fading). When John was on the Isle of Patmos, he too had a vision of Christ. The New Testament clearly teaches that Jesus is the flesh and blood manifestation of God. In Jesus we see the full manifestation of the majesty of God. This man of eighty spent forty years more in guiding Israel, and in the end his eye had not dimmed, nor his natural force abated. Purpose in life flows out of knowing Him and doing His will (And this is eternal life, that they may know You, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 2:5-8). If no one knows the Son except the Father, it is quite clear that we cannot truly know the Son (that is, know Who He really is, and worship Him) unless the Father reveals Him to us. The glory of God was also the judgment of God; the natural person who saw it died. Because he has experientially known the frustrations of humanity, we have a “God of all comfort” (2 Cor. The typical conservative churchgoer of the last few decades would probably answer, �to make heaven and miss hell.� Today�s churchgoer would more likely say �To experience God�s love and find His purpose for our lives.� Of course, both statements are true, but as stand-alone statements they are woefully inadequate. And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. When Paul had a similar vision of Christ, he was blinded with light from heaven (Acts 9:3-9). And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split (Matt 27:50-51). He became tired and asked the woman at the well for water to drink (John 4:6). Its true significance was to point beyond itself to a day when Messiah would atone for sin and the law would be written on … Jesus' Glory Was Veiled The glory of Jesus was hidden from humanity during His time on the earth - although it was revealed at certain times. The Son of God who created water voluntarily lived in a body that got thirsty. What an incredible statement! That was in His transfiguration before Peter, James, and John (Mt. The mystery of Jesus Christ is that he put on the physical veil of human nature. He who could fast forty days would be a hard morsel for death. Jesus is the image of the invisible God (Col. 1:15) and the radiance of the Glory of God (Heb 1:3), through whom the veil has been lifted and we look intently -- fixated (Heb:12-2) -- on the glory of God as through a mirror. The unbelieving scientist always provides himself with an escape hatch, even if that hatch is made of pure speculation and not even one speck of substance. Nor does anyone know the Father, except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.� This statement of Jesus is truly radical. For much of His earthly ministry, Jesus’ humanity veiled this glory, hiding it from human sight behind the weakness of human flesh. He was at all times both God and man as he lived on earth. At present, we only have a veiled glimpse of the weight of glory. What is the Shekinah glory of God? His flesh veiled His deity while He was here on earth. Therefore all men are veiled off from seeing into Heaven and from seeing God, because we … 10:5), soul (John 12:27), and spirit (Mark 2:8). He surrendered the independent use of some attributes. I can hear someone say, �Isn�t this terribly impractical? So the issue of purpose is not theoretical at all. NKJV. But it is interesting that these two passages focus primarily on the creative activity and authority of the Son. Now, stay with me a little longer as we explore how the New Testament steps beyond the Old Testament in exploring the issue of actually knowing God and perceiving His glory.. Before I wrap this up, I want to make two points. Well the context indicates very clearly that Jesus veiled His glory as a sign of his humility. I am reminded of the words of Andrew Murray over a hundred years ago, when he wrote: I have not been afraid of continuously repeating this one thought: Our one need is, to know Jesus better; the one cure for all our feebleness, to look to Him on the throne of heaven, and really claim the heavenly life he waits to impart. Paul sums up his teaching about the identity of Jesus by saying in Colossians 2:8 that in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Programs are legalistic and burdensome. He voluntarily laid aside his power to do them and relied on the Holy Spirit or the Father. But the curtain was pulled back when Jesus was transfigured before His disciples. When Old Testament believers witnessed an appearance of Christ, they were often fearful for their lives. Today, the University has over 11,400 students on campus with 39,000 in the Distance Learning Program (now Liberty University Online), and he is the Dean of the School of Religion.Dr. So, what is the ultimate purpose of the universe we live in? This is a matter of the heart, and only the Holy Spirit can show you what He is inviting you to do to have more time with Him. He is the Infinite Mathematician, and He is also the Master Artist and the Writer of Magnificent Stories. 1:14). If Jesus had said, �I am the One who holds all things together� it would have been too much for Pilate to absorb. God will send an anointed One, the Messiah, who will be both God and man, and Who will in His own death provide the perfect atonement for human sin. Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail, the incarnate deity. The New Testament is simply the most radical book in the world. How far do we take this �beholding His glory?� To which I would respond, �Trying more diligently is not the Biblical way.� But something wonderful happens when we �receive the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.� We are changed without trying to change. Rather, He shares with the Jesus hid his glory when he became a man in order to show his Father’s glory. When John saw Jesus in the full glory that was his from the beginning, John wrote, “And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead” (Rev. The veil conceals the fact that the glory of the old covenant is, and always has been, fading. Pilate knew he was dealing with Someone phenomenal — Someone beyond his comprehension. Let�s take a look at what the Word of God says about ultimate purpose, which flows out of knowing the Ultimate Person! 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. The heavens declare the glory of God and man's inner conscience enables him to know the good and to shun the evil. Simply put, the most important thing we can discover in the New Testament is who Jesus really is. Jesus grew in mental, physical, spiritual, and social areas of life (Luke 2:52). NLV. But He is much more than a king. That celestial glory was temporarily hidden during his earthly life. It is an act of the heart, an act of faith in which we submit to God. Regarding the greatness of God, Isaiah 40:17 states that the whole known world (all nations) are as nothing before Him, and they are counted by Him as less than nothing and worthless. John 17:3). Veiled in Flesh the Godhead See He was pleased to lay aside His glory. There are many people who believe in the doctrine of the Incarnation (that Jesus is both perfect man and Almighty God) but who have never submitted their hearts to Him. Jesus is saying, in effect, �As dependent upon my Father as I am in these days of my flesh and blood manifestation, I am not dependent upon my Father for my essential, eternal existence. He is always our Helper. We're in the gospel of Luke and we're studying the Christmas story. Hebrews 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; There was glory in Him. The book�s title is The Universe in a Nutshell. Yes, Jesus is a king. And so does Hebrews 1: 2: God�.has in these last days spoken to us by His Son�.through whom also He made the worlds (universe). He can spot a carpet mite or a virus from a distance of one billion light years, and he governs the galaxies without ever breaking into a sweat. He is God Incarnate, the fullness of God veiled in flesh. Jesus became hungry when he did not eat (Matt. The English equivalent of that name is Jesus, and in Arabic it is �Isa. Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail the incarnate Deity Pleased as man with man to dwell Jesus, our Emmanuel Hark! They knew that sinful man could not look upon God and live. To really perceive Jesus to be God in human flesh requires an act of submission to Him. There are people who commit suicide because they believe life has no purpose, and even larger numbers who live in depression and despair because they have no meaning--no purpose--in their lives. God cares about the details of every person�s life, God provides atonement for human sin, which results in forgiveness, changed behavior, and communion with God; and. Remember that the focus of seeking him must always be to get to know Him better. But how comforting is the prospect that Jesus mentions —everlasting life! The following study is going to be a bit demanding, because I am covering a lot of ground in five pages. When Jesus became flesh, he voluntarily subjected himself to its limitations Be. Jesus put on the veil of human flesh and blood at his conception. In the incarnation, Jesus’ glory was veiled and He voluntarily limited the use of certain of His divine attributes as He took on the form of a servant and became obedient to death on the cross (Phil. When Old Testament believers witnessed an appearance of Christ, they … That the New Testament writers ascribed glory to Jesus was a clear indication of their confession of His full deity. In the New Testament, all the authority and tender mercies of God are embodied in the person of Jesus our Lord. Some feel the earthly humanity was the perfect example of what every man should become, hence as a man, Jesus glorified God. Clearly, Jesus recognizes that giving God glory is of prime importance. He is simply the Maker and Sustainer of the universe. The willingness of Jesus to limit himself to becoming a man gives us confidence that he understands the affairs of our lives. “For we have not an high priest who cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Heb. Not only has the Son created the universe, but it is the active power of the Son that holds the universe together. Jesus hid his glory when he became a man in order to show his Father’s glory. A proper understanding of this verse demolishes the claims of the Jehovah�s Witnesses and the Mormons that Jesus is a created son who takes a secondary role next to God the Father. Then Jesus goes on to explicitly say that no one can know the Father, unless the Son reveals the Father. 1:3) upon whom we can depend. Truth is not something that He brings, as it were, to the table. When Moses spent forty days alone with God on Mount Sinai, it was necessary to cover his face when he came down because it reflected the glory of God. Moses may have worn his veil until his death forty years later on Mt. from Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a M.A. However His name is transliterated, it is glorious, because it is the name of a Man who died as a blasphemer that He might save the human race, and that He might carry the weight of your sins--and mine. The One who arranged your genes at the moment of conception is the One who called the universe into being something like 14 billion years ago. We are not speaking of God the Father, but of God the Eternal Son. As Moses concealed the fading glory of his face, so even to this day Paul says in verse 14, the true significance of the old covenant is veiled. Jesus’s glory as God was veiled in human flesh but at times His glory, the so-called Shekinah glory, was revealed. So, denying the Son is denying the definition of the Son given in the gospel of John. The Apostle John puts it this way in I John 2:23: �Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.� The definition of the Son is spelled out in John chapter 5, where we earlier saw that the Son is fully equal to His Father, and that His existence before time is not dependent on the Father (�For as the Father his life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself�). No wonder there was a supernatural darkness during the last three hours Jesus hung on the cross. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.He is co-founder of Liberty University, with Jerry Falwell, in 1971, and was the only full-time teacher in the first year of Liberty’s existence. It was necessary for Christ to hide his glory temporarily as he sought to save the souls of men. the herald angels sing, “Glory to the New-born king!” Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace, Hail, the Sun of Righteousness. The nature of the underlying cosmic structure, as currently understood, would prevent us from ever knowing if other universes existed. He was omnipotent, yet he prayed to God to perform the raising of Lazarus from the dead. And neither the Mormons nor the Witnesses accept that definition. However, one thing came through indirectly, but loud and clear--Hawking is not going to become a Biblical believer just because he has to acknowledge that our universe began with a �big bang.� Hawking side-steps the implications of the big bang by speculating that there may be any number of big bang �bubble universes� like ours. Sin has separated mankind from God. He holds visiting professorship rank in five seminaries. The kenosis was a self-renunciation, not an emptying Himself of deity. First, not one of us can really believe that Jesus is fully equal to His Father unless the Holy Spirit reveals it to us. He was obviously immensely impressed with this Man. Jesus wore a veil to cover his divine glory as the Lord. He is truth. Jesus said in Matthew 11:27 that �all things have been delivered to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Now He lays His Glory by, It was a glory He possessed before His incarnation and it is a glory that he reassumed at the ascension. 53:2). Towns has given theological lectures and taught intensive seminars at over 50 theological seminaries in America and abroad. And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. 5 For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake. Sadly, mental faith alone is not saving faith. His glory is the sum of all the beauties of love and wisdom and power that he revealed in his earthly life. But on the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus’ refulgent glory and majesty were displayed in visible form in a blinding display of whiteness. On various occasions he made it clearly known he was doing the work of his Father. There is only one task that caused Him to sweat, to weep, and to pour out his blood, and that task was accomplished when He visited this corrupted earth, and assumed on His own shoulders the weight of every person�s sin. In the light of His full divinity, we begin to see the corruption of our sin. 1:17). He has written over 2,000 reference and/or popular articles and received six honorary doctoral degrees. This revelation is referenced in a passage in the Apostle Paul's message to Phillippi. Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, �My way is hidden from the Lord, and my just claim is passed over by my God?� We could summarize the essential message of the Old Testament with four statements: These statements can be supported with literally dozens of Old Testament scriptures. 4:2). The people could not look upon God and live. Moses was given a more direct view, but even then, God's full glory was hidden. And the �purpose question� is extremely important. The apostle wrote his gospel so that men might know and believe that Jesus was their Saviour. A few verses later, after noting that He has named all the stars, Almighty God gets down to business: His objective is not to impress His people with His greatness, but to persuade them to trust Him, because He is adequate to the task of watching over them. Most of the early church fathers and many modern theologians support the interpretation that Jesus is here speaking of His essential life with the Father before all time. 532 Christ's body was glorified at the moment of his Resurrection, as proved by the new and supernatural properties it subsequently and permanently enjoys. He is the One who, on the morning of His resurrection, said to Mary Magdalene, �Go to My brethren and say to them, �I am ascending to My Father and to your Father, to My God and to your God.�� His Aramaic name was, and is, Yeshua. I want you to fully understand that this revelation of the knowledge of Jesus does not take place in a vacuum. In other words, one cannot have a true, saving knowledge of the Father unless the Son touches his or her soul with spiritual revelation. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness of the truth. The third Heaven was veiled off from earthly view no doubt because of sin. It's Christmas in July here. Since we have also seen that God’s glory is in one sense the summation of His attributes, anytime Jesus exercised divine attributes, people saw something of the divine glory. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice. While those who deny his deity believe they are honoring Jesus Christ in calling him a great man, the Bible says he emptied himself voluntarily by accepting the limitations of humanity. The simple answer is pride. Instead, Jesus simply says, You are correct in thinking of me as a king. 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