The Glory Within
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18).
In Exodus 34:28 we find an interesting account of how Moses was in the presence of God for forty days and forty nights where he received the Ten Commandments. Ordinarily, it wouldn’t have taken a whole day to receive the Ten Commandments since it consisted of just few sentences. So why did Moses need to be in the presence of God for forty days and forty nights to receive the Ten Commandments?
For Moses, it was more than Ten Commandments. As he listened to God speak forth those commandments, all he could see was the glory of God. He contemplated and meditated on the “doxa” (the glory) of God, until the glory so rubbed-off on him and began to radiate from his face. Such was the radiance of glory emanating from his face that the people withdrew when they saw him step down from Mount Sinai (2Corinthians 3:7). It’s important to note that this glory came on Moses while he meditated on the Ten Commandments.
Now, the Bible lets us know that the glory of God that was on the face of Moses now resides in us, and that glory far exceeds what Moses had. It’s called the more excellent glory: “For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth” (2 Corinthians 3:9-10).
This inherent glory in us is what the Apostle Paul referenced in our opening scripture. He lets us know that as we behold the glory of God in the Word of God, we’re metamorphosed; we’re transfigured into the same glory that we see in the Word. This means we’re not only the carriers or effulgence of God’s glory; we are the glory of God!
The glory of God is risen upon me,
and I manifest that glory today, everywhere I go. The power, beauty, and excellence of God are revealed through me to my world, as I walk worthy of the Lord, displaying the wonderful deeds and perfections of Him who has called me out of darkness unto glory and virtue.
John 17:22;Isaiah 60:1
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1 Year Bible reading plan: Luke 1:1-25 ; Deuteronomy 3-4
2 Year Bible reading plan: Acts 27:32-44; Psalms 75-76