There is a glory that Jesus speaks of and prays for that is so little spoken of or seen in the Church. It was His desire that with the Spirit coming to fill believers, He would be represented in such a powerful way that the world would be “turned…upside down” (Acts 17:6). While this happened in the Early Church, we do not see that taking place today. Why?
God’s work always has the element of glory as part of it. Whether healing the sick, raising the dead, or feeding the five thousand, the glory of God was shining in the person of Jesus. The fact that most did not see that glory as they should does not diminish the reality of His glory.
The Spirit in us is the power that enables us to see the glory of Christ. Jesus prayed; “The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one” (John 17:22). All through Scripture, particularly John’s gospel, the perfect unity between the Father and the Son is proven. Unity is part of their glory. Jesus is praying that the same glory in divine unity be seen among us who believe in the Son.
How is this achieved? Never by human effort, organizational demand, or the rules of men! Paul gives us the formula in 2 Corinthians 3. “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Transformation takes place the more we are occupied with the glory of Christ. In turn, that causes unity to grow in the Church. It is no longer achieving our goals and desires, but HIS!
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