God’s Glory Has Been Restored To You
22And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:
When God made man, the Bible says that God crowned him with glory
and honor. (Psalm 8:5) The word “crowned” here means to encompass
or to surround like a glorious circle. The glory of God was therefore
man’s clothing. In other words, Adam’s whole being was gloriously radiant.
When man sinned against God, he forfeited the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
But when Jesus Christ was born, the glory of God came down. (Luke 2:9) And
many years later, Jesus, before He died, said to His Father, “The glory which You
gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one.”
So the glory of God which man forfeited has now been restored to him
because Jesus has come. When He died on the cross, He took our shame, gave us
His righteousness and restored the glory of God to us.
But what exactly is the glory of God? Doxa, the Greek word for “glory” here,
means having a good opinion concerning one that results in praise, honor and
glory. This means that in restoring to us His glory, God wants us to have the sense
that we are praiseworthy, honorable and glorious because of His constant good
opinion of us!
Beloved, because God’s glory is on you, there is a weightiness about you. People
don’t know why, but their spirits are lifted when they are in your presence.
There is something about you that impacts them even if they have only been with
you for a short while. When you talk, they listen because there is substance in
what you say.
Also, because God’s glory is on you, you can expect it to touch every aspect of
your life — your finances, relationships, work and health. Your body, for example,
will glow with divine health.
So my friend, because Jesus has come and restored the glory of God to you, be
conscious of God’s constant good opinion of you. Know that there is a weightiness
about you and arise, shine!