Spirit of Glory

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Spirit of Glory

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:

  1. 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.”
  2. 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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About Ray

Ray Waldo is a retired pastor with a passion for sharing knowledge, understanding and (if possible), wisdom with everyone he meets. Prior to his retirement, Ray served as a local pastor and teacher to five different churches in two states. He also served as a short-term missionary, teacher, and crusade speaker to groups in Mexico, Kenya, Uganda & the Democratic Republic of Congo (while Congo was still in conflict). Ray is also a widely recognized teacher, writer and public speaker. He was the top-billed speaker to groups of over 10,000 people when he visited Africa. He is currently writing two books (online) that he expects to be published within the next two years.

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