Glory is one of those Bible words that we use loosely without being able to explain it or that we simply take for granted and pass over without stopping to study its meaning. What does the Bible means when it refers to the “glory of God”?
Paul knew and taught that understanding the resurrection was critical in understanding the call of God to salvation. Yet Paul also knew that knowledge of the resurrection was useless apart from the context of God’s person and purpose in salvation.
All that God intended for us to know about Him is available in those 66 books that make up the Bible. So what has God revealed about himself?
Even though the church has had the Bible available in its present form for over 1600 years, there are still many people – many of them church members – who have little or no concept of what the Bible actually teaches about God.
Even though we are in such close proximity to God, because He is Spirit, we would never know He was there apart from revelation. That revelation comes by way of the incarnation of God in the person of Jesus Christ. He is the doorway into the kingdom.
God created man to worship God, not simply for the things that God does – creating, sustaining, redeeming – but for who God is. God is much, much more than the sum of all of His actions. That is why He identified himself to Moses as “I AM” and not as “I DO.”
While it is true that God is the God of redemption, there is so much more for us to understand about who He is from what He has revealed of himself in the Bible.
The nation of Israel is in slavery in Egypt, yet God was the one who put them there. He must have had a purpose in doing so, but why?
Does God take risks? Is He a gambler who is willing to accept a loss in order to achieve particular gains? Can God actually suffer loss?