Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail, the incarnate deity. The English equivalent of that name is Jesus, and in Arabic it is ï¿½Isa. The people could not look upon God and live. Most of the early church fathers and many modern theologians support the interpretation that Jesus is here speaking of His essential life with the Father before all time. Instead, I share with the Father in uncaused, absolute existence.ï¿½. Yet at all times he remained God. God will send an anointed One, the Messiah, who will be both God and man, and Who will in His own death provide the perfect atonement for human sin. He is the Infinite Mathematician, and He is also the Master Artist and the Writer of Magnificent Stories. But the curtain was pulled back when Jesus was transfigured before His disciples. The kenosis was a self-renunciation, not an emptying Himself of deity. After the work of atonement was done, he could pray, “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was” (John 17:5). Jesus is the image of the invisible God (Col. 1:15) and the radiance of the Glory of God (Heb 1:3), through whom the veil has been lifted and we look intently -- fixated (Heb:12-2) -- on the glory of God as through a mirror. He was at all times both God and man as he lived on earth. In the New Testament, many people "saw" God in the Person of Jesus Christ. He who could fast forty days would be a hard morsel for death. It was a glory He possessed before His incarnation and it is a glory that he reassumed at the ascension. When Jesus came to earth, we read that God's GLORY came to earth and people were in the presence of GLORY. It was a glory He possessed before His incarnation and it is a glory that he reassumed at the ascension. Our modern understanding of the size of our universe leads us to the conclusion that Isaiah was engaging in understatement, rather than poetic exaggeration. It has a profound affect on our behavior, and on the quality of our inner life. 17:2) on the mount of transfiguration. Truth emanates from Him, as light and heat from a fire. However, I have come into the world to bear witness to the truth. Coming to Jesus and bowing before Him as Lord is really not a mental or an intellectual act. Hebrews 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; There was glory in Him. On various occasions he made it clearly known he was doing the work of his Father. He was omnipresent, but when he became flesh, he limited himself to being in one place at one time. What is the Shekinah glory of God? When Moses spent forty days alone with God on Mount Sinai, it was necessary to cover his face when he came down because it reflected the glory of God. Jesus is the answer to every question. He walked the dusty roads of Judea and stooped to wash the feet of His disciples. Jesus hid his glory when he became a man in order to show his Father’s glory. His glory is the triumph of every battle he wins over all his personal, global, and universal enemies. This is not to suggest that the Father and the Spirit were not vitally involved in the creation process. At present, we only have a veiled glimpse of the weight of glory. His name is the Son of God. Pleased as Man with men to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel. Simply put, the most important thing we can discover in the New Testament is who Jesus really is. Jesus hid his glory when he became a man in order to show his Father’s glory. The nature of the underlying cosmic structure, as currently understood, would prevent us from ever knowing if other universes existed. The third Heaven was veiled off from earthly view no doubt because of sin. The New Testament is simply the most radical book in the world. But within its relative simplicity, it makes some revolutionary statements about the nature of reality. When John was on the Isle of Patmos, he too had a vision of Christ. Jesus came to grant us access to the Father through the forgiveness of our sins. When John saw Jesus in the full glory that was his from the beginning, John wrote, “And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead” (Rev. Paul talks about this wonderful process in II Corinthians 3: 18-- ï¿½But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.ï¿½. It is so simple that a fourth–grader can read it with pretty good understanding. Jesus is saying, in effect, ï¿½As dependent upon my Father as I am in these days of my flesh and blood manifestation, I am not dependent upon my Father for my essential, eternal existence. A proper understanding of this verse demolishes the claims of the Jehovahï¿½s Witnesses and the Mormons that Jesus is a created son who takes a secondary role next to God the Father. Light and life to all He brings, Risen with healing in His Wings. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. If Jesus had said, ï¿½I am the One who holds all things togetherï¿½ it would have been too much for Pilate to absorb. So, denying the Son is denying the definition of the Son given in the gospel of John. In the New Testament, all the authority and tender mercies of God are embodied in the person of Jesus our Lord. Let's open our Bibles to the second chapter of Luke's gospel. 4:2). 1:17). If no one knows the Son except the Father, it is quite clear that we cannot truly know the Son (that is, know Who He really is, and worship Him) unless the Father reveals Him to us. Not only has the Son created the universe, but it is the active power of the Son that holds the universe together. It's Christmas in July here. He was omnipotent, yet he prayed to God to perform the raising of Lazarus from the dead. However, itï¿½s not a matter of a new program for more Bible study and prayer. What do we do to know Jesus better? Jesus … 12:28). Father in eternal, uncaused existence. The book of Isaiah in the Old Testament breathes with the Presence of an awesome God who created everything, who predicts the future precisely, and who reveals Himself to everyone who has a repentant, humble heart. If Jesus had not veiled his preincarnate glory he could not have accomplished what he came to earth to do. But, if there are possibly billions or trillions of other universes, we can (he implies) readily dismiss the evidence for Godï¿½s design in our own universe as just a one-in-a-trillion chance! Second, He did not use His divine attributes to benefit Himself. from Dallas Theological Seminary also in Dallas, a MRE from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and a D.Min. Questions about ultimate meaning are beyond the scope of science. We need to understand how much of His glory as God was veiled, so that men could not see it. It is only first step toward saving faith. And the ï¿½purpose questionï¿½ is extremely important. In John chapter 5, Jesus claims full equality with the Father, and then states that the Father has granted Him life in Himself, just as the Father has life in Himself. He has written over 2,000 reference and/or popular articles and received six honorary doctoral degrees. The One who holds the universe together was dying in terrible agony and separation from His Father. Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, ï¿½My way is hidden from the Lord, and my just claim is passed over by my God?ï¿½ We could summarize the essential message of the Old Testament with four statements: These statements can be supported with literally dozens of Old Testament scriptures. First, not one of us can really believe that Jesus is fully equal to His Father unless the Holy Spirit reveals it to us. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory” (John 1:14). He voluntarily laid aside his power to do them and relied on the Holy Spirit or the Father. Yes, Jesus is a king. I am reminded of the words of Andrew Murray over a hundred years ago, when he wrote: I have not been afraid of continuously repeating this one thought: Our one need is, to know Jesus better; the one cure for all our feebleness, to look to Him on the throne of heaven, and really claim the heavenly life he waits to impart. The veil conceals the fact that the glory of the old covenant is, and always has been, fading. He is truth. After his ambiguous comment, What is truth? What an incredible statement! Self-emptying took place also by the voluntary choice not to use certain of his attributes. the herald angels sing, “Glory to the New-born king!” Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace, Hail, the Sun of Righteousness. Regarding the greatness of God, Isaiah 40:17 states that the whole known world (all nations) are as nothing before Him, and they are counted by Him as less than nothing and worthless. But how comforting is the prospect that Jesus mentions —everlasting life! We're in the gospel of Luke and we're studying the Christmas story. Sin is universal. The book of Colossians makes two astounding statements. This glory that belong to Jesus was veiled. Rather, He shares with the God cares about the details of every personï¿½s life, God provides atonement for human sin, which results in forgiveness, changed behavior, and communion with God; and. His glory is the sum of all the beauties of love and wisdom and power that he revealed in his earthly life. Talking to some of His skeptical disciples, He said (in John 6: 62), ï¿½What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before?ï¿½ In other words, ï¿½If I tell you spiritual truth, and if offends you, what are you going to do when I ascend to my father and My true glory is revealed?ï¿½ And in John 17:24 Jesus says ï¿½Father, I desire that they also whom you gave me may be with me where I am, that they may behold my glory which you have given me; for you loved me before the foundation of the world.ï¿½ Here again Jesus is talking about hidden or veiled glory that will be revealed to those who love Him. And neither the Mormons nor the Witnesses accept that definition. What we see in the transfiguration is what Jesus is really like. He veiled His glory, and He chose to occupy the position of a slave. As you engage in this ï¿½soakingï¿½ process, you will discover that you ï¿½seeï¿½ Jesus in every Old Testament book, to say nothing of the New Testament. "Glory to the newborn King! In the incarnation, Jesus’ glory was veiled and He voluntarily limited the use of certain of His divine attributes as He took on the form of a servant and became obedient to death on the cross (Phil. 6:1-8). He can spot a carpet mite or a virus from a distance of one billion light years, and he governs the galaxies without ever breaking into a sweat. He is the One to whom a thousand years is as a day, and a day as a thousand years. Programs are legalistic and burdensome. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.He is co-founder of Liberty University, with Jerry Falwell, in 1971, and was the only full-time teacher in the first year of Liberty’s existence. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. Colossians 1:17 says in Him all things consist, and Hebrews 1:3 says that the Son is upholding all things by the word of His power. It’s a holy season for Christians—a time to bask in God’s glory shown to us through His Son Jesus Christ. NLV. This revelation is referenced in a passage in the Apostle Paul's message to Phillippi. Because he has experientially known the frustrations of humanity, we have a “God of all comfort” (2 Cor. In view of His true identity, no wonder Jesus answered Pilate the way He did when Pilate asked him if he was a king: You rightly say that I am a king. While those who deny his deity believe they are honoring Jesus Christ in calling him a great man, the Bible says he emptied himself voluntarily by accepting the limitations of humanity. But it is interesting that these two passages focus primarily on the creative activity and authority of the Son. When Jesus became flesh, he voluntarily subjected himself to its limitations Be. However His name is transliterated, it is glorious, because it is the name of a Man who died as a blasphemer that He might save the human race, and that He might carry the weight of your sins--and mine. When Old Testament believers witnessed an appearance of Christ, they … As you hear His voice more clearly, there will be points of obedience that He orchestrates in your life. There is only one task that caused Him to sweat, to weep, and to pour out his blood, and that task was accomplished when He visited this corrupted earth, and assumed on His own shoulders the weight of every personï¿½s sin. Jesus was born into this world as other humans (Luke 2:120), even though his conception was supernatural. In Colossians 2:6 Paul says ï¿½As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.ï¿½ In other words, we received Him by believing the truth about Who He is and submitting our hearts to let Him be our Lord. But we read that there was still a veil also. In the humility and simplicity of His manhood He claimed full equality with His Father. 12:4). So, what is the ultimate purpose of the universe we live in? Moses was given a more direct view, but even then, God's full glory was hidden. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, a Th.M. From the beginning of time, Jesus, had his own glory. Having received “authority over all flesh,” Jesus can offer the benefits of his ransom to all mankind. No, the universe, by the Fatherï¿½s express purpose, is created by the Son and for the Son. Stop and think about it for a minute. Even though Jesus was known as a miracle worker, he performed those miracles through the power of the Holy Spirit (Matt. There are many people who believe in the doctrine of the Incarnation (that Jesus is both perfect man and Almighty God) but who have never submitted their hearts to Him. Only by gazing on the unfading—no, the ever-increasing—glory of Jesus Christ through his Spirit, can the veil be lifted and people finally see the old covenant for what it is (fading). 1:3) upon whom we can depend. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness of the truth. The heavens declare the glory of God and man's inner conscience enables him to know the good and to shun the evil. When Jesus came, His glory was veiled in the flesh. Jesus put on the veil of human flesh and blood at his conception. When Paul had a similar vision of Christ, he was blinded with light from heaven (Acts 9:3-9). Texts: John 17: 3, 5; John 6: 62; Ephesians 1: 15-17; Colossians 1: 17, 18. The unbelieving scientist always provides himself with an escape hatch, even if that hatch is made of pure speculation and not even one speck of substance. This man of eighty spent forty years more in guiding Israel, and in the end his eye had not dimmed, nor his natural force abated. Here again Jesus is talking about hidden or veiled glory that will be revealed to those who love Him. The Son of God who created water voluntarily lived in a body that got thirsty. To really perceive Jesus to be God in human flesh requires an act of submission to Him. Now He lays His Glory by, Several years ago I bought a book by the famous British theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking. I can hear someone say, ï¿½Isnï¿½t this terribly impractical? As a result of the incarnation, Jesus became the God-man. He became tired and asked the woman at the well for water to drink (John 4:6). Jesus became hungry when he did not eat (Matt. When you go to the Book of Revelation, and you get that description of Jesus, it doesn't sound like anything that you would associate with the earthly Jesus. Veiled in Flesh the Godhead See He was pleased to lay aside His glory. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice. Rather than stay on His throne in heaven, Jesus “made himself nothing” (as the NIV translates Philippians 2:7). What is it that hinders so many people from knowing Jesus in this personal, intimate way? When we think of the Creator, we tend to think of the Father. 532 Christ's body was glorified at the moment of his Resurrection, as proved by the new and supernatural properties it subsequently and permanently enjoys. “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” (John 1:18). He was body (Heb. Sin has separated mankind from God. Then Jesus goes on to explicitly say that no one can know the Father, unless the Son reveals the Father. Since we have also seen that God’s glory is in one sense the summation of His attributes, anytime Jesus exercised divine attributes, people saw something of the divine glory. 53:2). Jesus grew in mental, physical, spiritual, and social areas of life (Luke 2:52). Jesus is God. Scripture says that as He died on the cross, … Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up His spirit. That was in His transfiguration before Peter, James, and John (Mt. He had the essential elements of human nature. 10:5), soul (John 12:27), and spirit (Mark 2:8). But once we believe in our heart that Jesus is Lord and that God has raised Him from the dead, what are the next steps? It is an act of the heart, an act of faith in which we submit to God. So, even in the Old Testament, there were times when people "saw" God—usually in a veiled, indirect way. Jesus wore a veil to cover his divine glory as the Lord. We grow in him (or walk in Him, as Paul puts it) by continuing to focus our attention upon Him and the glory of Who He is, and continuing to yield our lives to His direction. He is simply the Maker and Sustainer of the universe. His stories are filled with drama, and danger, and wonderful victories, and best of all, they are real stories that are worked out in the lives of men. Purpose in life flows out of knowing Him and doing His will (And this is eternal life, that they may know You, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. Jesus Himself claimed to be the ï¿½Yahwehï¿½ of the Old Testament in John 8:58, when he said, Before Abraham was, I am. But on earth, John could say, We beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father (John 1:14). Nebo. Throughout his life on earth, Jesus was just as human as any one of us, subject to the same emotional experiences of sorrow, pain, and hurt which any man experiences. Some feel the earthly humanity was the perfect example of what every man should become, hence as a man, Jesus glorified God. In other words, Paul is saying that they need, by the revelation of the Spirit, to know Him better. Yet, even with the splendor and joy of Christmas all around, you or someone you know may be convinced Jesus was just another man, possibly a prophet, but certainly not the Messiah. Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail the incarnate Deity Pleased as man with man to dwell Jesus, our Emmanuel Hark! As a child he developed as every human must develop. The result was that the universe itself was affected, and something happened to the normal transmission of light. It says that the whole universe was created by Him and for Him (Col. 1: 16) In other words, the Eternal Son is the One who spoke the universe into existence. His flesh veiled His deity while He was here on earth. Today, the University has over 11,400 students on campus with 39,000 in the Distance Learning Program (now Liberty University Online), and he is the Dean of the School of Religion.Dr. “For we have not an high priest who cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Heb. Written by Michael Kelley | Friday, December 25, 2020 We do not follow a King that is far off, one who reigns from a distant palace at a great distance from the real life struggles of His subjects. Now, stay with me a little longer as we explore how the New Testament steps beyond the Old Testament in exploring the issue of actually knowing God and perceiving His glory.. He was pleased to lay aside His glory for the glory of God and the souls of men and women. As Moses concealed the fading glory of his face, so even to this day Paul says in verse 14, the true significance of the old covenant is veiled. The typical conservative churchgoer of the last few decades would probably answer, ï¿½to make heaven and miss hell.ï¿½ Todayï¿½s churchgoer would more likely say ï¿½To experience Godï¿½s love and find His purpose for our lives.ï¿½ Of course, both statements are true, but as stand-alone statements they are woefully inadequate. We are not speaking of God the Father, but of God the Eternal Son. In Jesus we see the full manifestation of the majesty of God. Jesus tells us that we can have no true knowledge of the Father unless He, Jesus, chooses to make this revelation to us. However, one thing came through indirectly, but loud and clear--Hawking is not going to become a Biblical believer just because he has to acknowledge that our universe began with a ï¿½big bang.ï¿½ Hawking side-steps the implications of the big bang by speculating that there may be any number of big bang ï¿½bubble universesï¿½ like ours. But even in the obedience He calls us to He does not leave us to obey in our own strength. The Son does not simply create the universe ï¿½on assignmentï¿½ and then hand it back to the Father as a task accomplished. Jesus’s glory as God was veiled in human flesh but at times His glory, the so-called Shekinah glory, was revealed. Moses may have worn his veil until his death forty years later on Mt. Jesus said in Matthew 11:27 that ï¿½all things have been delivered to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Instead, Jesus simply says, You are correct in thinking of me as a king. Well the context indicates very clearly that Jesus veiled His glory as a sign of his humility. NLT. Glory, in the sense it is used with reference to Jesus, is a divine attribute. Hark! Sadly, mental faith alone is not saving faith. The willingness of Jesus to limit himself to becoming a man gives us confidence that he understands the affairs of our lives. For much of His earthly ministry, Jesus’ humanity veiled this glory, hiding it from human sight behind the weakness of human flesh. And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. He did not use them to make His human life easier. Now, having laid this foundation, in my next teaching I will move on to the topic of the Body of Christ, which is, next to the glory of Jesus (Who reveals the Godhead), the most important topic and the most wonderful truth in all the universe. During his earthly life and ministry, Jesus was omniscient, but did not know the time of the second coming. Its true significance was to point beyond itself to a day when Messiah would atone for sin and the law would be written on … 1:14). But Colossians 1:16 identifies the Creator as the Son. First, He veiled His divine glory (see Isa. The glory of God was such that no human could look at it and live. Have you seen the glory of Jesus in your life? This is a matter of the heart, and only the Holy Spirit can show you what He is inviting you to do to have more time with Him. Clearly, Jesus recognizes that giving God glory is of prime importance. I want you to fully understand that this revelation of the knowledge of Jesus does not take place in a vacuum. That the New Testament writers ascribed glory to Jesus was a clear indication of their confession of His full deity. There are people who commit suicide because they believe life has no purpose, and even larger numbers who live in depression and despair because they have no meaning--no purpose--in their lives. It was not a mission He undertook with trepidation or doubt; He did not come to earth as a baby begrudgingly. The following study is going to be a bit demanding, because I am covering a lot of ground in five pages. Nor does anyone know the Father, except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.ï¿½ This statement of Jesus is truly radical. And so does Hebrews 1: 2: Godï¿½.has in these last days spoken to us by His Sonï¿½.through whom also He made the worlds (universe). Listen to the message from Sunday evening, October 25 at www.calvarybaptistsaltillo.org. “Then answered Jesus, and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise” (John 5:19). Wouldnï¿½t I accomplish a lot more by just trying more diligently to serve the Lord? 4:15). It is the glory of God that He refuses to share with any man. Therefore all men are veiled off from seeing into Heaven and from seeing God, because we … But as the lyric points out, Jesus was pleased to dwell with men. How far do we take this ï¿½beholding His glory?ï¿½ To which I would respond, ï¿½Trying more diligently is not the Biblical way.ï¿½ But something wonderful happens when we ï¿½receive the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.ï¿½ We are changed without trying to change. He voluntarily makes Himself of no reputation. The glory of God was also the judgment of God; the natural person who saw it died. The transfiguration of Jesus Christ was a powerful demonstration of His divine nature and manifestation of His glory, which Jesus possessed prior to coming to earth in the human body. He surrendered the independent use of some attributes. We have to look elsewhere to answer questions about the purpose of life. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). fore his birth, heaven was his throne. The primary avenue is to soak our hearts in the Word of God and ask the Spirit to give us more understanding of the person and glory of Jesus. 17:1–4; Jn. He was obviously immensely impressed with this Man. Perhaps the best expression of omnipotence is that of the miracles of God. He is always our Helper. Stop and think about it for a minute. Pilate knew he was dealing with Someone phenomenal — Someone beyond his comprehension. Later he wrote of being “caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter” (2 Cor. And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split (Matt 27:50-51).
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