For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6
Why is this book continually emphasizing and highlighting God’s glory? It’s because it’s the greatest, most profound reality in the universe and throughout history. Actually, there’s no other reality. Everything stands in relation to it: “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen” (Rom. 11:36).
When mankind rebelled against God, the nature of their rebelling was an exchange: “. . . and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things” (Rom. 1:23). Instead of treasuring God’s glory, we started to treasure that which is created. That’s why Paul also wrote: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).
Since we lost the conscious reality and enjoyment of God’s glory—by nature we’re spiritually dead, having no desire or inclination toward it—it makes perfect sense that our salvation is the recovering and re-enjoyment of His glory. This starts when God shines His light in our dark, sinful heart.
When there was only darkness “over the face of the deep,” God said, “’Let there be light,’ and there was light” (Gen. 1:3). Our salvation is paralleled to this sovereign, creative act of God. He commanded His light to shine in our hearts, “to give the light of the glory of God.” Salvation is not just an escape from God’s wrath and hell, it’s primarily an understanding and enjoyment of His glory, both in time and throughout eternity.
That’s why Jesus prayed: “Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24). The Father has purposed to display His glory in and through His Son—“in the face of Jesus Christ.” From the moment of His birth and throughout eternal ages, Jesus is “the radiance of the glory of God” (Heb. 1:3). Our eternal salvation is about seeing and savoring Christ’s glory, especially the glory of His grace.
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