1 Peter 1:8, 9 KJV . . . Whom having not seen [Jesus Christ], ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. So what is the conclusion of all this? The glory of God!!! We speak of the joy of the Lord. What is His joy? His glory! That is His goal in our salvation--that His glory will be realized, will be lived in by all, will be expressed by all. What is glory? Vine's Expository Dictionary has much to say about glory. Let's look at just a portion of it. "In Rom. 1:23 His 'everlasting power and Divinity" are spoken of as His glory, i.e., His attributes and power as revealed through creation; in Rom. 3:23 the word denotes the manifested perfection of His character, especially His righteousness, of which all men fall short; . . . in Eph. 1:6, 12, 14, "the praise of the glory of His grace" and the "praise of His glory" signify the due acknowledgement of the exhibition of His attributes and ways; in Eph. 1:17, "the Father of glory" describes Him as the source from whom all Divine splendour and perfection proceed in their manifestation, and to whom they belong; of the character and ways of God as exhibited through Christ to and through believers. . . of the state of blessedness into which believers are to enter hereafter through being brought into the likeness of Christ. . . brightness or splendour, supernatural, emanating from God (as in the Shekinah glory, in the pillar of could and in the Holy of Holies. . . ). . . "
John shows us Jesus: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14). Verse 16 goes on to say, From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. The "little letters" of 2 John and 3 John both contain interesting remarks. It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as your Father commanded us (2 John 4). I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth (3 John 4). Jesus prayer, His great delight, was to glorify His Father in all He did. As He prepared for the crucifixion and resurrection, He prayed, "Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you (John 17:1)."
God's great desire through all of history is this: For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14). And God's great invitation, His great desire for us can be seen in Jesus' parable of the talents, Matthew 25. To each of the servants who invested their talents, His lord upon returning said to him, "'Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord (KJV).'" The NIV reads," . . . 'Come and share your master's happiness!'"
Genesis tells us that Adam and Eve were naked and felt no shame. I believe it was because they were covered in the glory of God--until they fell. The Lord clothes us with salvation. "Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you (Isaiah 60:1)." The remedy of the knowledge of good and evil: the knowledge of the glory of God!
Glory to God!!!