Exodus 33: 19 (NIV) 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, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” 21 Then the LORD said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”
God allowed Moses to see His glory so that he might be changed by the sight of it—and the same is true for us today. God reveals His glory to us so that by seeing it, we might be changed into His very own image!
Today, Jesus Christ is the express image of who God is. When our Lord became flesh, it was as a full revelation of the heavenly Father’s mercy, grace, goodness and readiness to forgive. God wrapped up everything of His nature and character in Jesus. And any revelation of His glory to us now is meant to change us into an expression of Christ.
The apostle Paul understood well the purpose and effect of seeing the glory of God. He saw it as power to change the beholder, to revolutionize the life of every follower of Christ. “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass (mirror) the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (II Corinthians 3:18).
Paul is telling us, “Once you get this revelation of God’s glory, of the Lord’s love, mercy, grace, long-suffering and readiness to forgive, and the Holy Spirit will continually open your eyes to more of these aspects of His nature and character. You will have an ever-increasing revelation of God, in the way Lord wants to be known to you.”
Beloved, God wants to tell us, “Moses understood My glory, and now I want you to understand it. I want to open your eyes by My Spirit to show you who I am. I’m not just a God of wrath and judgment. My nature is love!”
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God” (II Corinthians 3:17-19), may the Lord be praised!
Blessings and love,