What is the glory of God?

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Question: What exactly is the glory of God?

Answer: Your question about what is the Glory of God is a beautiful truth about our heavenly Father.

Most people in the world, as well as many Christians, think of God as someone who is old when they wonder what he looks like.

When we humans are born, we are in a most healthy or incorruptible state. From that point on we grow to maturity and then decay or corruption sets in until we get old and die. Only the physical creation, including humans, get old (1Corinthians 15:42). The apostle Paul states in the book of 1Corinthians the following.

the beauty (or 'glory' as it is in the KJV and NKJV) that belongs to heavenly bodies is different from the beauty (glory) that belongs to earthly bodies.

When the body is buried, it is mortal (or 'sown in corruption'); when raised, it will be immortal (or 'raised in incorruption'). (1Corinthians 15:40, 42)

Notice, we humans are born in dishonor (corruptible) but in the resurrection, we will be incorruptible. The Apostle Paul states earthly bodies (terrestrial) have a glory but are corruptible. Celestial bodies like the stars have a different glory which is beautiful and age-lasting. Then in 1 Corinthians 15:48-49, Paul said we are going to have the image (likeness) of the heavenly or the Man from heaven, which is likely a reference to Jesus Christ. Therefore, when the Bible speaks of glory, it refers to a being's image or how they appear. Since Paul tells us we are going to look like the celestial (like God), it is a beautiful truth to see how our Father looks.

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Psalm 104:1-2 states God's garment is light and in Psalm 27:4, David writes He is beautiful. In Revelation 4 and many other scriptures, we see He is so beautiful to look upon that He is like beholding every precious gem there is with the entire spectrum of the rainbow. In fact, round about His throne, there is a rainbow. (Revelation 1,4).

Since white is what God is clothed with and white is the containment of the entire color spectrum, he changes His brilliance and Glory as He chooses. In Revelation the first chapter it says his eyes are a flame of fire.

God is the source of all life or energy. His Glory is perpetual energy or self-producing energy which radiates all the beauty of the color spectrum as a glorious jewel. In Revelation 21, the bride of Christ which is New Jerusalem contains twenty different gems besides gold.

The glory of God represents, besides His unfathomable beauty, His unlimited power (complete energy), His righteousness, perfection, holiness, goodness and unending love.

In Daniel 7:9, God is known as the Ancient of Days (always existed) but this does not mean he looks old. God does not want us to make an image of Him because His Glory is so awesome it would only be a counterfeit. This is God's Glory. May we love and praise Him for what he is.

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