For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us....2 Corinthians 4:6-7
These two verses are rich with layers of meaning for us. The voice of God that spoke light into existence out of the darkness has spoken again in new creation. This time the powerful light is appearing in human hearts that have been darkened by so much waywardness and its attending pains. This divine light imparts to us the experiential knowledge of...or intimate experience with...the very glory of God. Glory is a weighty word in Scripture, and one we do not use much in our culture. Glory implies things like luminescence, weight, renown, eminence, splendor, grandeur, elegance and excellence. In the language of our day, we might say, "truest beauty". This is what we have touched and, more importantly, what has touched us through receiving the good news of Jesus and the eternal life He breathes into us by the Holy Spirit. This encounter with glory is referred to in v. 7 as a "surpassing power" that belongs to God Himself, but that He has invested in us. Finally, we touch such glory when we "see" the face of Jesus Christ, who was and is the fullness of the Godhead in human form. When we "see" or discern His face, and even "faces" or facets of His being, we have a revelation by the Holy Spirit of the nature of God. This adds new depth, meaning and transforming dynamic to "seeking the face" of God. Father, show us the face of Your Son.
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