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I received the following question:

Exodus 33:18-19. And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.”
19. Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”

What’s the difference between glory and goodness and grace?

The glory of the LORD has to do with honor, esteem, or magnificence. As I have said in my article on “Long Hair and Glory,” glory is that about you which you value most, or which is most valuable or honorable about yourself. In the Bible, I believe it is connected with the Lord Jesus Christ by the statement in II Corinthians 4:6.

6. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

So the Lord Jesus is the glory of God. Read the rest of this entry »

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“What is glory?” This was a question I asked a group of fellow believers one evening as we ate together at a restaurant. No one seemed to be able to answer me. Many were reluctant to even attempt to give an answer, and some gave a timid and unsure stab at one, but no one seemed to be sure. Then I followed this up with the question, “Why is long hair considered to be a woman’s glory in I Corinthians 11:15?” At this everyone seemed to give up even trying to come up with an explanation. It seems I had stumped the group. Is this question one too difficult for anyone to answer?

“Glory” in the Bible is a word that is difficult for us to grasp. Unfortunately, this is a word that has become “old” in English, and its meaning is less than clear to us. We will sing “glory to God,” but if someone would ask us what exactly we mean by this we would have difficulty in answering. What exactly “glory” is is an interesting study that deserves further consideration. Read the rest of this entry »