God’s Glory

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Year C The Transfiguration of Christ –  Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-43a

Season 2, Episode 13

When we spend time with God, it transforms us. Moses listened to the word of God. Moses communicated God’s words to God’s covenant people. The relationship between God and Moses was such that Moses’ physical appearance was altered. People can tell when you are at peace within yourself. Your inner being affects your outer countenance.

The Psalmist recognises Moses, Aaron, and Samuel. They all had personal encounters with God. The glory of God is associated with clouds. Did you ever notice how descriptions of God appearing to humanity is accompanied by clouds? Jesus ascended in a cloud and we are told will return in clouds.

The Corinthians passage reveals more about God’s glory. We learn Moses was forced to veil his face for others gazed selfishly instead of worshipping spiritually. We worship God “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). God’s glory is associated with the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit breathed out our holy scriptures. The apostle was careful to note that he did not falsify God’s word. Scriptures are our source for God’s glory in our lives.

Luke’s account of Jesus on the mount leaves no doubt about the affect of God’s glory. Jesus’ face changed. His clothes became dazzling white. It was visible to naked human eyes. That is the glory God’s covenant people will share at the resurrection. The gospel passage associates God’s glory with prayer for Jesus went up on the mountain to pray.

Living a blessed life – one filled with purpose and fulfilment – is one that taps into the divine. The believer of Jesus Christ is united with God’s Spirit and thus empowered by God’s glory. You connect to resurrection power through scripture, prayer, and faithful communication of God’s word to others. Can others see God’s glory on you and your actions?

Published by St Johns Papatoetoe

Presbyterian Church, Hunters Corner, Papatoetoe, Auckland, New Zealand belonging to Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand (PCANZ).

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