I usually re-read and summarize my notes from the sermon on Monday morning, and they always greatly encourage me and help me through the rough first days of the week, but this week my schedule was out-of-the-ordinary and I'm just now looking at my notes again. Wow, I think my week thus far would have been so much better if I had made time and made myself go over them before now. It astounds me how totally relevant every sermon is to what I'm dealing with at the time.
Our text was the first few verses of Romans 5 again, focusing on the phrase, "...we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God". Christians can be the most guilt-ridden people sometimes. We ask the Lord to show us our sin, but then often we wallow in it and, although we know what Christ did for us, we still have a sense of guilt that can keep us focused horizontally at our lives and not looking heavenward. But, as people who have been totally redeemed, we should remember our new justified state, instead of our condemnation. "The glory of God"-- this phrase is one of the most important in the Bible, yet it is hard to define. Our pastor took us through the Hebrew and Greek definitions of this word, "glory" to help us understand its meaning since we don't have a very good English word that encompasses all it means.
"Kabod" is the Hebrew word. It means heavy, weighty, gravitas. It is worthy, has greatness, and is dense, super full.
"Doxa" is the Greek word for glory. It means radiance and splendor, but in the context of someone's reputation. Intrinsic worth.
When we look at these definitions together, we get a much fuller picture of the weighty splendor of God. The example Pastor used was of a gold storeroom-- maybe you've seen it in a movie- where the explorers happen upon this giant room full of nothing but radiant gold. It is all heavy, full, packed in, but it is shining like the sun and glorious.
The image that came to my mind as I heard these definitions was a view I had seen last week. I went up to my favorite spot on our property just as a storm was rolling in. The sun was setting, the air was hot and heavy- it had gravitas. The clouds were deep, dark, dense, ominous black. I felt like they could fall on me as I laid on the truck roof looking at them. The sun couldn't help but shine through them, though, and there were so many layers of light and clouds and lightning and billowing splendor that I almost couldn't focus on one part at once. It was overwhelmingly beautiful and I was completely in awe. The air pressure was squashing me and the fading light was blinding me. It was so glorious, I can't believe I was allowed to see it.
God's glory is His internal greatness, the sum total of His perfection. His glory is Who He is. No wonder we don't have a word for this in English. ;) Romans 8:30, "Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified." Catch all the "ed"s of this passage? It is all past tense! We have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God-- yet we have been justified! And can now rejoice in the surety of the glory of God. We can go through life with confident jubilation because our end is assured. What a mighty God we serve.
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I'd love to hear how your sermon has impacted your week!