Have you ever heard of the “Spirit of Glory“?
I have spent the past 40 years actively studying the Word of God and I consider myself to be a bit more than a novice when it comes to knowing the Bible. If you had asked me that question a few weeks ago, I would likely have told you “No!” But I would have been wrong!
If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. (1 Peter 4:14, NIV)
If you are thinking “Well that is some of the new language that was added by the NIV…” then you would also be wrong. Here it is in the KJV:
If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
Now, I am convinced that God miraculously added this to all the Bibles about a month before I preached this message! <grin> If it had been there previously, I am sure I would have seen it! But the reality is - it has always been there!
So, what does it mean? Well, I sought God about that and the message that I preached in my church was one of great encouragement.
What I determined was that there are at least two reasons for this blessing of glory:
- God provides special grace and strength when we are being tried. Compare His answer to Paul who was battling his “thorn in the flesh.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
- God honors our faithfulness when we maintain our integrity in both good times and bad times (Compare the story of Job.)
This message was the starting point for a series of messages based on the book of Job. I will post more about the other messages in future articles. Stay tuned.
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