Christ: the Radiance of God's Glory

Then Moses said, "Now show me your glory." (Exodus 33:18 NIV)

We know what we believe. Let no one with soft words and charming persuasion argue us into admission that Jesus Christ is any less than very God of very God.

The writer of Hebrews was informing the persecuted, discouraged Jewish Christians concerning God's final and complete revelation in Jesus Christ. He spoke of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Then he declared that Another had come. Although made flesh, He was none other than this same God. Not the Father, for God the Father was never incarnated and never will be. Rather, He is God the eternal Son, the radiance of the Father's glory and the exact representation of His being.

Something has happened to the word glory, especially as it relates to the description of deity. Glory is one of those beautiful, awesome words that have been dragged down until they have lost much of their meaning. The old artists may have had something to do with it, depicting the glory of Jesus Christ as a luminous halo—a shining neon hoop around His head. But the glory of Jesus Christ was never a luminous ring around the head. It was never a misty yellow light.


O Lord, reveal to me more and more of Your glory as the radiance of the Father and the exact representation of His being.


"Show me Your glory," Moses asked of the LORD. Glory revelation is given to us in finite measure. God's glory includes His attributes, the essense of His being and much more. Christ reveals God's glory attuned to our level of perception. Do you long to see His glory?

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A.W. Tozer