Radiating God’s Glory (Part 3)

by Creflo Dollar | 31 Mar 2019

Summary

Knowing what the Bible says is important, but our Christianity should not be defined by how much of it we know. Instead, our Christianity should be defined by the intimate relationship we have with God. This personal relationship gives us direct and unlimited access to Him, and helps us to deal with every issue we will ever face in life. Many people mistake a familiarity with Christian principles and mechanics for a real relationship with Jesus Christ; however, this does not reveal what He is truly like as a person. Spending time with God makes us unstoppable and unbeatable on our Christian journey, no matter what the enemy throws at us. Communing with Jesus begins to change us to the point where we radiate His glory, allowing others to see God when they look at us. Walking with Him transforms us at all levels and in amazing ways.

  1. Getting to know God through His Word causes us to radiate the same glory as Jesus.
    1. Knowing God moves us into a position where we begin expressing His glory. Spending time with Him guarantees that others will see a difference in us.
      1. The expression of God’s character comes from being in His presence. Change does not come from exerting our own willpower, but by letting God work on us and in us.
    2. 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 (Hebrews 1:3).
      1. Jesus is the expressed image of God’s personality.
      2. …He that hath seen me hath seen the Father… (John 14:9).
    3. And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering (Luke 9:29).
      1. Jesus was literally changing as He fellowshipped and communed with God. When we spend time with God, we, too, begin to be transformed.
  1. Christ removes the condemnation the law places on us. Seeing Him frees us.
    1. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18).
      1. As we behold Jesus through the Word, we are changed. The Holy Spirit is responsible for this change.
    2. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18, NLT).
      1. The veil is the condemnation that comes from the Law of Moses that says we do not measure up to the standard it sets.
      2. This veil is removed when we get born again and receive the Gospel of Grace.
      3. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ (John 1:17).
      4. The veil remains in place as long as we try to live by the law. Transformation only takes place when the veil is removed.
    3. Even today when the proclamations of that old, bankrupt government are read out, they can’t see through it. Only Christ can get rid of the veil so they can see for themselves that there’s nothing there. Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him (2 Corinthians 3:15-18, MSG).
      1. “That old, bankrupt government” and “that old, constricting legislation” refer to the law.
      2. When we come to Jesus, we do not need a veil anymore to hide the mess we are in. We can see Him just as He is.
  1. A relationship with God lets the Holy Spirit work in us, changing us from the inside out.
    1. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is (1 John 3:2).
      1. Seeing how Jesus really is transforms us into His image.
    2. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him (Philippians 2:13, NLT).
      1. God working in us is the force that transforms us. He went to work the day we got born again; He is committed to the transformation.
    3. One of the benefits of knowing God is that we become as invincible as Him.
      1. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth (Mark 9:23).
      2. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (Philippians 4:13).