Tuesday, 1 December 2020
“And they were glorifying God because of me.” -Galatians 1:24
Glory represents the presence of God. His glory is displayed in Exodus 16:7 & 24:16. Only Jesus could display God’s glory fully as stated in Hebrews 1:3: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His Being.” We cannot add to God’s glory but we are called to reflect and manifest the divine glory in and through our lives. Paul in our key verse says people glorified God because of him—because of His great grace by which God was pleased to reveal His Son in Paul.
God was glorified in Paul not just by his life but by the preaching of the Gospel as well. For Paul, the gospel was all about God’s glory that is why he was able to say in Phil. 1:20 “Christ will even now, as always, be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.” He was transformed into the written epistle of God, known and read by all men “….so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.” (2Cor. 4:15)
To those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord—made alive with Christ and in whom the Holy Spirit indwells —He abides in them in all His divine fullness and glory (Col.2:9,10) so that we become complete in Him.
It is the work of the indwelling Holy Spirit to enable us reflect His glory and at the same time help us to glorify God!