What is the glory of God? St James refers Him as the Father of lights. James mentions it in terms of glory that originates from him. Thus we read glory of his grace wherein he has accepted us in Christ(Ep.1:6). In the key verses we are given the manner this glory operates between the God and man. Glory of the Father we see in the manner the Son of man demonstrated it. He was that light, the same quality as ‘begotten of the Father.’ He was the Word made flesh and yet glory of God was clear to all who beheld it as full of grace and truth (Jn.1:14). Thus we have the glory of the Father and of the Son which man may behold. This relationship we need keep focus in order to grasp the spiritual significance of the parable. Unlike many parables Jesus spoke this parable is a spiritual truth hidden away from an observable natural phenomenon. In order to understand this truth we must make sense of the body and eye and what do these represent.
Glory of God’s grace has adopted us in Christ and as children of God we are called the children of light. In terms of light as an attribute of God we owe our adoption as glory of the selfsame light. It is what our body signifies. Spiritual body or inner man it is called since this mortal flesh must dissolve when our natural term of life comes to an end. The indwelling Spirit is what animates our inner man and as James says a perfect gift which is from above. It profits daily and grows since the glory of his grace works in us when we study the word of God.”The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you–they are full of the Spirit and life(Jn.6:63-NIV)”. This spiritual body is the eye and we are continually being fashioned from glory to glory. Naturally then this eye must look to a mirror of sorts and it is what we read here, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Co.3:18)”.
This being the case what shall we focus on after we have come to our Savior Lord? The brazen serpent serves us as an example,”…If a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass he lived (Num.21:9). This is figuratively bringing the whole body so the vision is singleminded,- no distraction of the venom of the snake working or any other but faith, and faith alone connects the glory of his Grace. It is how we are being hid in Christ ought to live. It is a life of faith looking at the author and finisher so we move effortlessly to the same state as our Lord in glory is set down on the right hand of the Father.
If we do esteem highly of the glory of God changing us daily do we witness Him or hide it under some secret place? What Jesus Christ said emphatically is relevant here. “….Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God (Lk.12:8).” Jesus did not speak of flaunting our prosperity but him, the light of the world. ‘…Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Lk.12:34).’ When the single-mindedness of first love wanes, comes distraction and many have fallen off because love of the world has choked whatever glory from God was there. “When thine eye is single, thy whole body is also full of light (Lk.11:34).” The opposite also is true. This is what Modern churches have to guard against.