Jesus also walked on water and changed weather patterns (Mark 4:39; Matt 8:26; Luke 8:24). He operated in the glory of the Father, took authority over threatening situations and showed us how to do it. He wasn’t just showing off. He was teaching us how to operate in the glory He gave us from John 17:5,22, the same glory the Father gave Him, for the purpose of making us all one and so that we can know the Father loves us in the same way He loved Jesus. Without Christ we can do nothing (John 5:5). With Christ nothing is impossible (Matt 19:26).
“Then He (Jesus) arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it you have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, ‘Who can this be,that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” (Mark 4:39-41, NKJV)
2 days ago I was driving along in my car with my mom at the hottest time of the day. It was 95 degrees. I have no AC in my car because it’s broken. So inside the car it was sweltering hot and I was getting sick and dizzy. I could have commanded my AC to work in Jesus name but I have had more success before commanding weather patterns (no joke! lol). So I spoke to the weather and declared “I want cool air to start coming in now, the temperature needs to drop 30 degrees, I want cloud coverage to give us shade, a cool breeze, and even a little rain to help cool things down.” There was a cloud the size of a man’s hand (1 Kings 18:44) and I put my hand up and turned it for measurement. Within 30 mins there was thick cloud coverage coming in all around the horizon. The next morning I woke up and went for a walk. It was very early, dark still. No one in the complex where I live was awake yet but me. I spoke with God and then to a friend who operates in God’s glory. At the end of our conversation, while I was headed back to my apartment, darker rain clouds were rolling in and the temperatures had dropped. It began to sprinkle too. From the time I declared the weather to change, it took 16 hours for the temperature to drop 30 degrees, cloud coverage to cover the skies, rain to come, and cool breeze. Exactly what I declared and asked the Father for. That day (yesterday) was perfect like that all day. Exactly how I wanted it. Twice I received “flash flood” notices on my phone and I said “no flash flooding”. No flash flood came. The skies just folded up and it stopped!
“Most assuredly, I say to you, He who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” (John 14:12)
We are to do greater works than these?! Wow! Let’s start doing them!
We are sons and daughters of our Father in heaven and Jesus was our example of how to operate in the glory of the Father. We are Sons and Daughters of glory. Denying that the glory is for us today is denying who we are and who we are created to be.
When the earth is “filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab 2:14) all of God’s children will be looking and acting just like Jesus (John 14:12), in the image of our Father. The Holy Spirit is training us now in how to operate in the glory (John 16:3). This is His job. First we have to believe the Word in that glorification for us is happening now (2 Cor 3:18; Rom 8:29,30; John 5:44; 2 Thes 2:14, John 17:5,22, et al), not some day in the sweet by and by, or when the roll is called up yonder. But now. Glory revealed in us and in our situations isn’t automatic and it isn’t always immediate, but it comes quickly after the declaration of the Word, not thousands of years later.
“For I consider that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory about to be revealed in us;” (Rom 8:18, YLT) Some Bible versions are misleading here. The glory is “about to be revealed in us”, not way in the future after we’re all dead. When Jesus turned the water to wine it was in a matter of minutes that the glory was revealed (John 2:11)
Everyone who’s ever been miraculously healed or had anything happen you consider to be miraculous in your life, even if others can explain it away, then you’ve witnessed God’s glory in operation. But the Father’s intention all along has been for the church to come up higher (Luke 14:10; Rev 4:1; 11:12), and for us to learn to operate in His glory all the time, just like Jesus did.
“And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.” (John 21:25)
“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” (Rom 8:29,30) Notice here that the word “glorified” is past tense, just like “foreknew”, “predestined”, “called”, and “justified”. What the Bible doesn’t say is, “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined…whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He will glorify once we have all died and been buried and resurrected in the sweet by and by, someday way in the future when we meet on that beautiful shore.”
While glorification is for now, it is true that it isn’t automatic. It’s fully received at salvation because the Father (who is glory – Exodus 33) comes in when Jesus does, but the glory is only released when Jesus has chosen to reveal the Father to us (Matt 11:27). Releasing the glory of the Father which transforms everything quickly also takes a willful decision on our part to enroll in the school on His glory. The process of our transformation goes from glory level to glory level (2 Cor 3:18), with His glory doing all the work, but it gets released through suffering (Rom 8:18), putting to death the old nature, bringing to life the new nature in Christ. We learn to work with the Holy Spirit, flipping darkness into light, as He personally trains each one of us how to operate in the glory, transforming each one of us into the “glory of the Lord”. But it’s a willful decision on our part to engage in this one-on-one private tutoring with the Holy Spirit. Learning to hear Him and respond. Just knowing you can do this and that the purpose of the Gospel is for “obtaining the glory’ will begin to transform our thinking immediately. It’s not taught in the churches although it’s all throughout scripture. Those who know there is something more than what they’ve been hearing will have the ears to hear (Luke 10:22). Avoiding Bible translations that don’t adhere closely to the original languages unblinds minds (2 Cor 4:4) on the knowledge of the glory. Afterall, obtaining the glory is the purpose of the Gospel (Good News). Salvation is the way in which we obtain the glory, but glory is the goal. Being remade in our Father’s image, doing the things our Father does, and being crowned with glory is what He purposed for us from the beginning.
“He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thes 2:14)
“How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?” (John 5:44)
Blessings to all!