This means that Jesus, in the essence of His being as the Eternal Son, is not dependent upon the Father for existence. 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. 12:4). It is so simple that a fourth–grader can read it with pretty good understanding. He walked the dusty roads of Judea and stooped to wash the feet of His disciples. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice. His glory is the sum of all the beauties of love and wisdom and power that he revealed in his earthly life. “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” (John 1:18). His name is the Son of God. 4:2). So, denying the Son is denying the definition of the Son given in the gospel of John. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness of the truth. Jesus … Some feel the earthly humanity was the perfect example of what every man should become, hence as a man, Jesus glorified God. Let's open our Bibles to the second chapter of Luke's gospel. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). But on the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus’ refulgent glory and majesty were displayed in visible form in a blinding display of whiteness. Moses may have worn his veil until his death forty years later on Mt. I want you to fully understand that this revelation of the knowledge of Jesus does not take place in a vacuum. The glory of God was such that no human could look at it and live. After the work of atonement was done, he could pray, “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was” (John 17:5). He veiled His glory, and He chose to occupy the position of a slave. And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. He holds visiting professorship rank in five seminaries. 6:1-8). NLV. The third Heaven was veiled off from earthly view no doubt because of sin. Rather, He shares with the Although it is written in a non-mathematical format, I had to struggle to get the gist of much of it, and a good hunk of it went over my head. Yet while Jesus veiled the light of His glory, He did exercise other divine attributes such as His sovereignty over creation when He calmed the storm (Mark 4:35–41). Stop and think about it for a minute. Yet at all times he remained God. It was a glory He possessed before His incarnation and it is a glory that he reassumed at the ascension. No wonder there was a supernatural darkness during the last three hours Jesus hung on the cross. 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. Our modern understanding of the size of our universe leads us to the conclusion that Isaiah was engaging in understatement, rather than poetic exaggeration. Yet, even with the splendor and joy of Christmas all around, you or someone you know may be convinced Jesus was just another man, possibly a prophet, but certainly not the Messiah. 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. 1:3) upon whom we can depend. That the New Testament writers ascribed glory to Jesus was a clear indication of their confession of His full deity. And my God will give you everything you need because of His great riches in Christ Jesus. Jesus had not lost these attributes of God, but rather, in the process of emptying himself, he chose not to use his relative attributes. 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. It was a glory He possessed before His incarnation and it is a glory that he reassumed at the ascension. The English equivalent of that name is Jesus, and in Arabic it is �Isa. On various occasions he made it clearly known he was doing the work of his Father. Glory, in the sense it is used with reference to Jesus, is a divine attribute. "Glory to the newborn King! from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, a Th.M. Having received “authority over all flesh,” Jesus can offer the benefits of his ransom to all mankind. He was omnipotent, yet he prayed to God to perform the raising of Lazarus from the dead. However, it�s not a matter of a new program for more Bible study and prayer. He voluntarily laid aside his power to do them and relied on the Holy Spirit or the Father. 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. Therefore all men are veiled off from seeing into Heaven and from seeing God, because we … The result was that the universe itself was affected, and something happened to the normal transmission of light. To really perceive Jesus to be God in human flesh requires an act of submission to Him. He was omnipresent, but when he became flesh, he limited himself to being in one place at one time. 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. 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. When He came to earth, “he gave up his divine privileges” (NLT). 1:17). Towns has given theological lectures and taught intensive seminars at over 50 theological seminaries in America and abroad. The kenosis was a self-renunciation, not an emptying Himself of deity. NLT. He is the Infinite Mathematician, and He is also the Master Artist and the Writer of Magnificent Stories. He was body (Heb. We need to understand how much of His glory as God was veiled, so that men could not see it. He is always our Helper. But within its relative simplicity, it makes some revolutionary statements about the nature of reality. He was obviously immensely impressed with this Man. Several years ago I bought a book by the famous British theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking. 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. It’s a holy season for Christians—a time to bask in God’s glory shown to us through His Son Jesus Christ. “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” (John 1:18). 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. First, not one of us can really believe that Jesus is fully equal to His Father unless the Holy Spirit reveals it to us. 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�). When Jesus came to earth, we read that God's GLORY came to earth and people were in the presence of GLORY. As a result of the incarnation, Jesus became the God-man. But please bear with me and read it thoughtfully, even if it takes two sessions. We don’t fully know everything we will experience in heaven. So the issue of purpose is not theoretical at all. 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. First, He veiled His divine glory (see Isa. When Old Testament believers witnessed an appearance of Christ, they … But Colossians 1:16 identifies the Creator as the Son. In Colossians 2:6 Paul says �As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.� In other words, we received Him by believing the truth about Who He is and submitting our hearts to let Him be our Lord. I can hear someone say, �Isn�t this terribly impractical? That celestial glory was temporarily hidden during his earthly life. he went out and redoubled his efforts to get Jesus released. The willingness of Jesus to limit himself to becoming a man gives us confidence that he understands the affairs of our lives. What is the Shekinah glory of God? 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. The apostle wrote his gospel so that men might know and believe that Jesus was their Saviour. Then Jesus goes on to explicitly say that no one can know the Father, unless the Son reveals the Father. When Jesus came, His glory was veiled in the flesh. No, the universe, by the Father�s express purpose, is created by the Son and for the Son. 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. Listen to the message from Sunday evening, October 25 at www.calvarybaptistsaltillo.org. Because he has experientially known the frustrations of humanity, we have a “God of all comfort” (2 Cor. Well the context indicates very clearly that Jesus veiled His glory as a sign of his humility. Remember that the focus of seeking him must always be to get to know Him better. Sin has separated mankind from God. 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. Have you seen the glory of Jesus in your life? In Jesus we see the full manifestation of the majesty of God. John 17:3). For much of His earthly ministry, Jesus’ humanity veiled this glory, hiding it from human sight behind the weakness of human flesh. But we read that there was still a veil also. Paul talks about this wonderful process in II Corinthians 3: 18-- �But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.�. We see just a little glimpse of what He is really like. 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. 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. Pleased as Man with men to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel. The second point in my wrap-up is this: In Ephesians chapter 1 Paul first prays that God will give the Ephesian believers the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. The One who holds the universe together was dying in terrible agony and separation from His Father. Perhaps John made reference to the glory when Jesus was transfigured (Matt. Rather than stay on His throne in heaven, Jesus “made himself nothing” (as the NIV translates Philippians 2:7). What is it that hinders so many people from knowing Jesus in this personal, intimate way? But, if there are possibly billions or trillions of other universes, we can (he implies) readily dismiss the evidence for God�s design in our own universe as just a one-in-a-trillion chance! from Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a M.A. When Paul had a similar vision of Christ, he was blinded with light from heaven (Acts 9:3-9). He did not use them to make His human life easier. “Then answered Jesus, and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise” (John 5:19). 53:2). Stop and think about it for a minute. As you hear His voice more clearly, there will be points of obedience that He orchestrates in your life. Simply put, the most important thing we can discover in the New Testament is who Jesus really is. He surrendered the independent use of some attributes. Jesus was born into this world as other humans (Luke 2:120), even though his conception was supernatural. Father in eternal, uncaused existence. 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. In other words, one cannot have a true, saving knowledge of the Father unless the Son touches his or her soul with spiritual revelation. In the humility and simplicity of His manhood He claimed full equality with His Father. 12:28). Before I wrap this up, I want to make two points. Light and life to all He brings, Risen with healing in His Wings. 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. The New Testament is simply the most radical book in the world. (1 Corinthians 2:9; 13:12). Christ displayed His divine glory only once while on earth in human flesh. From the beginning of time, Jesus, had his own glory. The people could not look upon God and live. And neither the Mormons nor the Witnesses accept that definition. Sin is universal. Dr. Elmer Towns is a college and seminary professor, an author of popular and scholarly works (the editor of two encyclopedias), a popular seminar lecturer, and dedicated worker in Sunday school, and has developed over 20 resource packets for leadership education.His personal education includes a B.S. It is an act of the heart, an act of faith in which we submit to God. Nebo. Jesus came to grant us access to the Father through the forgiveness of our sins. Veiled in Flesh the Godhead See He was pleased to lay aside His glory. The book�s title is The Universe in a Nutshell. But it is interesting that these two passages focus primarily on the creative activity and authority of the Son. As a child he developed as every human must develop. And, as you see more of Jesus, you will see more of the Father, because the Father and the Son are inseparable. 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. He who could fast forty days would be a hard morsel for death. 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. Jesus is the answer to every question. It was necessary for Christ to hide his glory temporarily as he sought to save the souls of men. When John was on the Isle of Patmos, he too had a vision of Christ. Pilate knew he was dealing with Someone phenomenal — Someone beyond his comprehension. What an incredible statement! So, what is the ultimate purpose of the universe we live in? Scripture says that as He died on the cross, … Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up His spirit. The Son does not simply create the universe �on assignment� and then hand it back to the Father as a task accomplished. But even in the obedience He calls us to He does not leave us to obey in our own strength. What we see in the transfiguration is what Jesus is really like. He is truth. They knew that sinful man could not look upon God and live. Written by Michael Kelley | Friday, December 25, 2020 We do not follow a King that is far off, one who reigns from a distant palace at a great distance from the real life struggles of His subjects. fore his birth, heaven was his throne. Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail, the incarnate deity. Jesus put on the veil of human flesh and blood at his conception. We are not speaking of God the Father, but of God the Eternal Son. 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. Jesus tells us that we can have no true knowledge of the Father unless He, Jesus, chooses to make this revelation to us. Jesus hid his glory when he became a man in order to show his Father’s glory. the herald angels sing, “Glory to the New-born king!” Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace, Hail, the Sun of Righteousness. He is God Incarnate, the fullness of God veiled in flesh. Jesus grew in mental, physical, spiritual, and social areas of life (Luke 2:52). 2:5-8). His stories are filled with drama, and danger, and wonderful victories, and best of all, they are real stories that are worked out in the lives of men. Coming to Jesus and bowing before Him as Lord is really not a mental or an intellectual act. 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. In view of His true identity, no wonder Jesus answered Pilate the way He did when Pilate asked him if he was a king: You rightly say that I am a king. In the New Testament, all the authority and tender mercies of God are embodied in the person of Jesus our Lord. 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. 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. Talking to some of His skeptical disciples, He said (in John 6: 62), �What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before?� In other words, �If I tell you spiritual truth, and if offends you, what are you going to do when I ascend to my father and My true glory is revealed?� And in John 17:24 Jesus says �Father, I desire that they also whom you gave me may be with me where I am, that they may behold my glory which you have given me; for you loved me before the foundation of the world.� Here again Jesus is talking about hidden or veiled glory that will be revealed to those who love Him. But how comforting is the prospect that Jesus mentions —everlasting life! Truth emanates from Him, as light and heat from a fire. 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). “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory” (John 1:14). In other words, Paul is saying that they need, by the revelation of the Spirit, to know Him better. Programs are legalistic and burdensome. Hebrews and Colossians agree on one more point. “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. Jesus is God. So, even in the Old Testament, there were times when people "saw" God—usually in a veiled, indirect way. If Jesus had said, �I am the One who holds all things together� it would have been too much for Pilate to absorb. 10:5), soul (John 12:27), and spirit (Mark 2:8). Hark! Not only has the Son created the universe, but it is the active power of the Son that holds the universe together. When Old Testament believers witnessed an appearance of Christ, they were often fearful for their lives. He became tired and asked the woman at the well for water to drink (John 4:6). We grow in him (or walk in Him, as Paul puts it) by continuing to focus our attention upon Him and the glory of Who He is, and continuing to yield our lives to His direction. But He is much more than a king. Wouldn�t I accomplish a lot more by just trying more diligently to serve the Lord? 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. 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. Texts: John 17: 3, 5; John 6: 62; Ephesians 1: 15-17; Colossians 1: 17, 18. 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. He voluntarily makes Himself of no reputation. This revelation is referenced in a passage in the Apostle Paul's message to Phillippi. We're in the gospel of Luke and we're studying the Christmas story. After his ambiguous comment, What is truth? Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail the incarnate Deity Pleased as man with man to dwell Jesus, our Emmanuel Hark! 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). 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 primary avenue is to soak our hearts in the Word of God and ask the Spirit to give us more understanding of the person and glory of Jesus. The heavens declare the glory of God and man's inner conscience enables him to know the good and to shun the evil. When we think of the Creator, we tend to think of the Father. Now, having laid this foundation, in my next teaching I will move on to the topic of the Body of Christ, which is, next to the glory of Jesus (Who reveals the Godhead), the most important topic and the most wonderful truth in all the universe. This glory that belong to Jesus was veiled. from Dallas Theological Seminary also in Dallas, a MRE from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and a D.Min. 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. 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. Its true significance was to point beyond itself to a day when Messiah would atone for sin and the law would be written on … The New Testament clearly teaches that Jesus is the flesh and blood manifestation of God. We must set aside time to pursue Him through the word and prayer. 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. Later he wrote of being “caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter” (2 Cor. The book of Isaiah in the Old Testament breathes with the Presence of an awesome God who created everything, who predicts the future precisely, and who reveals Himself to everyone who has a repentant, humble heart. The glory of God was also the judgment of God; the natural person who saw it died. He is the One to whom a thousand years is as a day, and a day as a thousand years. 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). The nature of the underlying cosmic structure, as currently understood, would prevent us from ever knowing if other universes existed. Perhaps the best expression of omnipotence is that of the miracles of God. The Son of God who created water voluntarily lived in a body that got thirsty. When you go to the Book of Revelation, and you get that description of Jesus, it doesn't sound like anything that you would associate with the earthly Jesus. When Jesus became flesh, he voluntarily subjected himself to its limitations Be. 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.. At present, we only have a veiled glimpse of the weight of glory. Colossians 1:17 says in Him all things consist, and Hebrews 1:3 says that the Son is upholding all things by the word of His power. That was in His transfiguration before Peter, James, and John (Mt. It is only first step toward saving faith. His glory is the triumph of every battle he wins over all his personal, global, and universal enemies. Jesus wore a veil to cover his divine glory as the Lord. He sets aside His high position and waves His divine prerogatives because He loves us. Instead, Jesus simply says, You are correct in thinking of me as a king. The mystery of Jesus Christ is that he put on the physical veil of human nature. In the light of His full divinity, we begin to see the corruption of our sin. What do we do to know Jesus better? NKJV. 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 book of Colossians makes two astounding statements. It is the glory of God that He refuses to share with any man. 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. As you engage in this �soaking� process, you will discover that you �see� Jesus in every Old Testament book, to say nothing of the New Testament. 17:2) on the mount of transfiguration. We have to look elsewhere to answer questions about the purpose of life. Four doctoral dissertations have analyzed his contribution to religious education and evangelism. He has written over 2,000 reference and/or popular articles and received six honorary doctoral degrees. The simple answer is pride. Jesus became hungry when he did not eat (Matt. It has a profound affect on our behavior, and on the quality of our inner life. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 17:1–4; Jn. Instead, I share with the Father in uncaused, absolute existence.�. 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. 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. His flesh veiled His deity while He was here on earth. In the New Testament, many people "saw" God in the Person of Jesus Christ. 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. 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