We have been looking in God’s Word at The Blessing; the ROOT, in my recent BLOGS. Today we will begin our detective work about, ” The Glory; the FRUIT”.
Turn to the gospel of Mark 4:23-24 to get to the root issue.
Verse 23: “If any man has ears to hear, let him be listening and let him perceive and comprehend.” Jesus continues his teaching,
Verse 24: “AND He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you–and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.” What Jesus is trying to tell us is; ‘ if we don’t understand what we are hearing, we won’t be in the position to RECEIVE in what to do’. That’s powerful to me, I don’t know about you. Let’s go on to Mark 7:13 and uncover the real TRUTHS.
“Thus you are nullifying and making void and of NO EFFECT [the authority of] the Word of God through your tradition, which you [in turn] hand on. And many things of this kind you are doing.”
JESUS is talking about what happens with many Christians in todays churches. We are letting our traditional understanding of God’s Word rob us of the manifestation of His Glory; we keep passing down those traditions. For instance, our traditional understanding of the word, PEACE might read, “a state of tranquility, an absence of conflict among people.” BUT what the word PEACE really means is, “nothing broken, nothing missing–wholeness”. We must let our bible define the bible! UNDERSTANDING means, “comprehension or the intent of a thing.” In total, the root issue of our investigation into “The Origin of the Glory” is having the right understanding ased only on the WORD of God. The BIBLE is the plan for God’s redemption. That’s it! Plain and simple. We will now go to the Book of Genesis to look at the beginning of God’s plan and His first act.
Genesis 1:28: “AND God blessed them and said, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion [authority] over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves on earth.”
God’s first act was…He blessed them. HOW? In review of the word, “BLESSING“, we said it is “an empowerment”. It’s His blessing on our natural, or His super on our natural. When God says (His Word); we are BLESSED. So what then, does the word “GLORY” mean? “Heavy with weight” or the manifestation of The Blessing. Since the WORD is called SEED in the bible; “By His stripes we are healed“, that is the Word seed. The HEALING is the GLORY. In other words, when the SEED bears fruit; that’s the glory. The GLORY will be revealed! When God says it, we will see it. How do we know that is true? Turn with me now to the Book of Isaiah 40: 5.
“And the GLORY (His majesty and splendor) of the Lord shall be revealed, and ALL FLESH shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.” As I mentioned, “when God says it, we (“ALL FLESH”) will see it.” The Word precedes the blessing and the blessing brings forth the GLORY. The more we can understand God’s Word, all of the traditional misunderstanding we have sown into our hearts will pass. At this point, I hope you are not confused in the mining or understanding of the Truth.
We are next going to look briefly at several word seeds in Genesis 1:3-4, 6, 11-12, 14-16. Turn there if you haven’t done so already.
Verse 3 says, “And God said,…”, then in verse 4, “And God saw…” Verse 6 says, “And God said…” Then in verses 11-12, “And God said…And God saw…” and finally in verses 14-16, “And God said…” , “And it was so.” God said words and then things were made.
In Genesis 2:7, “Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life, and man became a living being.” I would like to think, when God “breathed“, that it may have meant that “God said” words, like a soft whisper; and “man became…” Why would I think that? Because of what we discovered in Genesis 1. God is the same yesterday, the same today and the same in eternity. Can I know for sure that was the way man came to being? NO, BUT.. First the Word, then the Blessing and then the GLORY. Can you see the thread connection?
Turn with me to the Gospel of John 1:14, a very familiar verse to most of us..
“And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw HIS GLORY, such GLORY as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace and truth.” I capitalized the word glory to emphasize its meaning. (My Amplified Version of God’s word doesn’t). The Word became flesh, so we had the First Adam in Genesis and now the Last Adam. Now go with me to Hebrews 1:3; for further investigation of the word GLORY.
“He (Jesus) is the sole expression of the GLORY of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine]. and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and propelling the universe by His mighty WORD of power…”
There is… “The Origin of the Glory“. God’s GLORY of man in Adam and God’s GLORY of Christ Jesus, His Son. Lets review what we found and learned today. I want to end with some definitions of God’s WORD, based on how the Bible defines them. NOT how you and I have defined them before.
GLORY is, “the manifestation of the seed”.
UNDERSTANDING is, “the comprehension and intention of a thing”.
THE BLESSING OF GOD is, “an empowerment that will cause us to succeed in everything around us”.
WORD—>BLESSING—>GLORY. Glory is the manifested WORD.
Tomorrow I will continue with , “How can we make withdrawals from the deposit; The BLESSING? I will keep on, keeping on in this theme until the Holy Spirit says, MOVE ON Mel. He wants us all to have UNDERSTANDING in THE WORD, THE BLESSING, and THE GLORY.