The glory of the revealed Word is in the manner every child of God can muster and build up his life about the indwelling presence of the Spirit. His body is the temple and when he dies the corporeal body is dissolved. Yet he has a spiritual body to which Christ is the morning star. Of this we shall examine at length in another post. It shall suffice to say while alive his strength is from the Lord God. It can in its simplicity confound the wisdom of men. “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou ordained strength…(Ps.8:2) In St. Paul’s epistle to the Church at Corinth we have the rationale of God. “But God hath chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the wise…(1 Co.1:18-29)” Our faith is not to stand in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. In understanding the word of God similar faith is requisite. Any mind-set that stops with the Law of Moses is neither here nor there. The scribes and Pharisees followed the law to the letter but not the spirit of it.
The word of God ceases to be a mystery when one comes to the lord and accepts his sovereignty in his life. He is adopted into family of special relationship where God is the Head. Besides he has grace and also the indwelling Spirit. The seemingly complexity of the passages in the Word is to be straightened by a fine comb of doctrines handed down by Holy men of God. Let us come back to the hard saying of Jesus. We are taught that Jesus did not come to destroy but save lives. It is a doctrine we need to keep in focus. His expecting any one to destroy part of the body in order to overcome sin is preposterous as well as contrary to divine Will.
The Holy Spirit uses Glory of God as radiating from the divine Being ‘In him is no darkness at all (1 Jn.1: 5)’. The Psalmist of Israel under the inspiration of God writes thus: ’Who coverest thyself light as with a garment…(Ps.104:2) Borrowing this imagery we can understand Adam was covered by his glory by proximity. Moses’ face shone as he came down from the mount with two stone tablets.’ Glory that covered Adam is a symbol to indicate the closeness God desires from man. In a manner of speaking he covered himself with light as the Lord God did.
When spirit of disobedience overcame Adam this glory left him. Against this compare Isaiah’s verse, ’How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning…(Is.14: 15). The angel similarly had forfeited his glory.
Understandably Adam is ashamed of his nakedness, which was outward manifestation of his loss. God is jealous about his glory (Is.42:8)to give it to strange gods or to spirit of disobedience. The people of Israel, whom he delivered with his mighty Hand, were the chosen nation. His glory was ‘shekinah’ the visible presence resting between the cherubim over the mercy seat.
To be continued