The Glory of the Lord
So over the last two meetings we talked about the Judgment Seat of Christ and we learned:
; That the Judgment Seat of Christ takes place after Christ returns, at the
time of the resurrection.
; We learned that today Jesus Christ is our High Priest not our Judge, that
he intercedes/mediates on our behalf as we confess our sins.
; We learned that God uses two ways to motivate us: rewards and fear
and that this in no way negates His grace, because we saw from
scripture that it is all by grace.
; We learned that we will be rewarded depending on how we have lived
our lives here, it’s not enough to say that we are redeemed we have to
live according to the will of the Father.
; Jesus Christ taught that if we are faithful in very little we will be
rewarded with much
; We have to walk by the spirit and not by the flesh as exhorted by Paul
; That if we don’t throw away our confidence or shrink back we will be
Romans 2:6-8 6 God "will give to each person according to what he has done."7 To those who by
persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. (age-lasting life) 8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.
First of all who was Paul addressing?
Romans 1:7 those Jews and Gentiles “called to be saints”– not the unredeemed
Here we have 2 different responses from the redeemed resulting in 2 different outcomes.
(Verse 7) Glory + honor+ immortality = Age-lasting life
(Verse 8) Self-seeking + rejecting the truth + following evil = wrath and anger
Just like we learned in the Parable of the Mina last time we got together, they were all subjects in his kingdom. Here we have two different responses from those already redeemed.
1113 and many false
12prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of
13wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end
will be saved.
Mark 10:18 18"Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good—except God alone.
The Glory of the Lord
89 "For my
thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the
9LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Exodus 33:13-1323 If you are
pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find
14favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people." The
15LORD replied, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." Then
Moses said to him, "If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from
16here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the
17other people on the face of the earth?" And the LORD said to Moses, "I will do
the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by
1819name." Then Moses said, "Now show me your glory." And the LORD
said, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy,
20and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But," he said, "you
21cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live." Then the LORD said,
22"There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. When my glory
passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I
23have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen."
The Radiant Face of Moses
Exodus 34:29-2935 When Moses
came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD. 30 When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they
31were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the
32leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them. Afterward
all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the LORD
33had given him on Mount Sinai. When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a
34veil over his face. But whenever he entered the LORD's presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the
35Israelites what he had been commanded, they saw that his face was radiant.
Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the LORD.
The Israelites tremble at the sound of God’s voice
925 The LORD
said to Moses, "I am going to come to you in a dense cloud, so that the people will hear me speaking with you and will always put their trust in you." Then Moses told
10the LORD what the people had said. And the LORD said to Moses, "Go to the
11people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes
and be ready by the third day, because on that day the LORD will come down on
12Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. Put limits for the people around the
mountain and tell them, 'Be careful that you do not go up the mountain or touch
13the foot of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death. He
shall surely be stoned or shot with arrows; not a hand is to be laid on him. Whether man or animal, he shall not be permitted to live.' Only when the ram's
14horn sounds a long blast may they go up to the mountain." After Moses had
gone down the mountain to the people, he consecrated them, and they washed
15their clothes. Then he said to the people, "Prepare yourselves for the third day.
16Abstain from sexual relations." On the morning of the third day there was
thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud
17trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. Then Moses led the people out of
18the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. Mount
Sinai was covered with smoke, because the LORD descended on it in fire. The
smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, the whole mountain
19trembled violently, and the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder. Then
20Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him. The LORD descended to the
top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went
21up and the LORD said to him, "Go down and warn the people so they do not
22force their way through to see the LORD and many of them perish. Even the
priests, who approach the LORD, must consecrate themselves, or the LORD will
23break out against them." Moses said to the LORD, "The people cannot come up Mount Sinai, because you yourself warned us, 'Put limits around the mountain and
24set it apart as holy.' " The LORD replied, "Go down and bring Aaron up with you. But the priests and the people must not force their way through to come up to the
25LORD, or he will break out against them." So Moses went down to the people
and told them.
Exodus 20:18-1821 When the
people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the
19mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance and said
to Moses, "Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us
20or we will die." Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. God has come to
21test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning." The
people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.
John sees the resurrected Lord
9Revelation 1:9-18 I,
John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the
10word of God and the testimony of Jesus. On the Lord's Day I was in the Spirit,
11and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: "Write on a scroll
what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum,
12Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea." I turned around to see the voice
13that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and
among the lampstands was someone "like a son of man, "dressed in a robe
14reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. His head and
hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound
16of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its
17brilliance. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his
18right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am
the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
Isaiah when he sees the Lord repents for his unclean lips
Isaiah 6:1-16 In the year
that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the
2train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings:
With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and
3with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:
"Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory." 4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple
5was filled with smoke. "Woe to me!" I cried. "I am ruined! For I am a man of
unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the
6King, the LORD Almighty." Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in
7 his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my
mouth and said, "See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for."
111 When he
had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On
2the other side there was an olive grove, and he and his disciples went into it. Now
Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with
3his disciples. So Judas came to the grove, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and Pharisees. They were carrying torches,
4lanterns and weapons. Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went
5out and asked them, "Who is it you want?" "Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "I
am he," (should read “I AM”=LORD) Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was
6standing there with them.) When Jesus said, "I am he," they drew back and fell to
7the ground. Again he asked them, "Who is it you want?" And they said, "Jesus of
8Nazareth." "I told you that I am he," Jesus answered. "If you are looking for me, then let these men go." (Exodus 3:14; John 8:28)
Leviticus 19:1-13 The LORD said
2to Moses, "Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: 'Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.
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