1. Introduction

We have learnt that Jesus is the Word of God and the exact representation of  the Spirit of God. He is also  the “brightness of His glory”, according to Hebrews 1: 3:

“God … hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” 

Apaugasma (G541) is the Greek word for brightness and is used only once in the KJV of the New Testament in this verse. It means “reflected brightness  of Christ in that he perfectly reflects the majesty of God,  shining forth, of a light coming from a luminous body.”

Apaugasma comes from the combination of two words – Apo  (G575)  and Augazō (G826). The usage of apo refers to the place from which something is taken while  augazō  means “to beam upon, irradiate; to be bright, to shine forth”:

” In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine 826 unto them” (2 Cor 4: 4)

The simple truth is that Jesus is Light, just as God family is Light and has no darkness at all.

2. What is the glory of God?

Doxa  (G 1391) is the Greek word used in the KJV of the New Testament for the glory of God.  Here is a picture of the glory of God in the New Testament as seen by usage of the word doxa:

  • Jesus used the same word to describe the glory of King Solomon’s  attire (Mt 6: 29).
  • Jesus has a glorious throne from which He judges (Mt 19: 28). Apostle John gave a partial description in Revelation. Prophet Isaiah saw the worship at this throne (Isa 6)
  • The glory of the Lord is brilliant, shining Light. There is no darkness here. The glory of the Lord shone round about the shepherds as the angels announced the Lord’s birth (Lk 2: 9; Rev 18:9). Apostle Paul experienced that glorious light and it was so bright that it blinded him. (Acts 22: 11)
  • The glory of God is such brilliant Light  that the heavenly city does not need the sunlight (Rev 21: 23)
  • Apostles Peter, James and  John saw the glory of the Lord in the transfiguration. His face changed and raiment became and white and glistening. Apostles Elijah and Moses were also glorious (Lk 9: 28-31). Our heavenly bodies are glorious (1 Cor 15: 40)
  • Jesus has a glorious, resurrected body (Phil 3: 21)
  • Apostles Peter and Jude referred to the angels (members of the God family) appearing in Sodom and Gomorrah as “dignities”. The word doxa is used and we can therefore say that God is glorious (2 Pet 2: 10; Jude 1: 8).
  •  The glory of God involves worshipping and honoring God (Lk 17: 18; Jn 5: 41;  Jn 9: 24) as the angels did when they announced the birth of the Lord (Lk 19: 38)
  • When giving glory to  God, the angels and saints in Revelation spoke with a loud  voice (rev 14: 7).
  • Apostle John said that we beheld the glory of God when Jesus dwelt in flesh (Jn 1: 14). Think of all that He did in earth.
  • God manifests His glory through miracles. Apostle John said that manifested forth His glory in the earth  beginning with the miracle of the water that He turned into wine (Jn 2: 11).
  • Jesus said that He had  glory before the earth began. His glory is eternal and is the same that is present with the God family (Jn 17: 5)
  • The glory of the Lord is great and powerful (Mt 24: 30)
  • The heavenly city  is glorious with its streets of gold and opulence (Rev 21: 11)
  • God emitted smoke from the tabernacle in heaven as evidence of His glory (Rev 15: 8), just as He revealed His glory with sound and  visual effects in Mount Sinai.
  • Apostle Moses’ face became glorious after 80 days in the presence of God  We too will reflect that same glory and change into the image of the Lord as we remain in His presence  (2 Cor 3: 7-18)
  • Those living in darkness are ignorant of the glory of God. This is why God shines in our hearts through the revelation of Jesus Christ (2 Cor 4: 6)
  • Apostle Peter said that we too are called to glory (light) and virtue (2 Pet 1: 3)
  • The saints have rich and glorious inheritance (Eph 1: 18)

3. Conclusion

God is Light and there is no darkness in Him. Jesus therefore shines the Light into our lives because He is Light. He is all the glory of God- the way, the truth and the Life.

Next time – the glory of God in the Old Testament.