How else can we describe the glory of God? Perhaps a Bible explanation is best. The Bible in several places refers to the riches of his glory (Romans 9:23) or riches in glory. (Philemon 4:19). These terms are so radiant, so open and full. Riches … we think of value, quality, quantity… lacking nothing. Oh yes, our Lord is the true value. What He has is pure riches — lacking nothing — and it’s all for us! Whatever our need, His riches cover it.
His riches! His glory!
Rich in love: “Oh how He loves you and me”
Rich in beauty: “The lily of the valley”
Rich in truth: “The way, the truth, the life”
Rich in grace: “For by grace are you saved”
Rich in understanding: “He became flesh”
Rich in joy: “That my joy may be full In you”
Rich in everything: “And everything that He made was good”
Rich forever: “The same yesterday, today and forever.”
All His riches in glory is for you. Listen to these words: God . . . endured with much Iongsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted in destruction: that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory. Even us, whom he hath called. (Romans 9:22-24).
Oh, how glorious is this truth of God! We, who are so corrupted that we are fit for destruction have been, through the long-suffering of God, chosen to receive the revelation of His glory . . . the riches of His glory!
In the face of the riches of glory, all riches of the earth quickly fade into nothing. How can I trade my inheritance of glory for a mess of fleshly desire? How can you exchange God’s riches; grace; love; peace; creator of the universe; maker of all angels, peoples and beauty; the King of Kings, Lord of Lords; the forgiver; the giver of Christ Jesus, Heaven and all eternity .. . for Hell, rebellion, guilt, greed, hate, murder, sin, demons, wickedness of all sort, loneliness, etc.?
There is no choice when we see the truth. Only through eyes blinded by Satan can one turn from the riches of the glory of God to the empty claims of Satan. In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (II Corinthians 4:4).
Yet our bodies, the vessels worthy of destruction – – He wants you . . . to know, understand, comprehend, and experience His riches of glory. Hallelujah! And get this: He has already prepared you and made you capable of receiving His glory.
We were made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27), prepared from the beginning, for the glory we are to share with Him. But to make it even more personal, the writer of the book of Romans says even us. Praise God! Yes — me, yes — you; He wants us to by His mercy receive His riches, His glory, His love, salvation, and to become a part of God’s own personal household. (Ephesians 2:19).
This revelation of the riches of glory is not for us to sit back and view, but that we he strengthened and filled! That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man. That ye might be filled with all the fullness of God! (Ephesians 3:16, 19).
We need this strengthening; but it is not by our might but by the “Spirit in the inner man, ” for our bodies have become corrupted by sin: yet… yet … by the mercy of God, through the cross and by the Spirit, God makes us to reflect Himself! Note: But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. (II Corinthians 4:7).
Yes, all glory is of God, by God and unto God. We become a mirror of that glory, feasting on the riches of His glory.
Again, the term “riches in glory” is used in a powerful way for us: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Phllippians 4:19). I rest upon that promise – – – the riches of God is sufficient to meet my every need.
Rich to save, to deliver, heal, bless, love, forgive, and receive me unto Himself. Never to forsake me, always to guide, ever living to make intercession for me. God made me, He knows what’s gone wrong, He knows how to make things right, He has the power to do so. I can always come to the bank of Heaven and know there is enough there in the riches of glory to meet my need in Christ Jesus! Let us sing Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. (Psalm 48:1).