Glory to God in the Highest.
Luke 2:13-14 “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly hosts praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.”
When it speaks of God’s glory in scriptures it means to manifest God’s Light and character to others. That is His glory; that others may know Him and His character.
Psalm 145:11-12 “They shall speak of the glory of the kingdom, and talk of Thy power;
To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of His kingdom.”
It means to show God in His true beauty.
1 Chronicles 16:27, 29 “Glory and honor are in His presence; strength and gladness are in His place.
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name: bring an offering, and come before Him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”
Christ did this in preeminence, for angels heralded God’s glory when Christ was born.
Simeon, a godly man, praised God for Christ:
Luke 2:30-32 “For mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, Which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
A Light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel.”
And Paul shows that Christ Jesus came to do just that. He was to manifest God’s Light and character in the world: His glory.
Hebrews 1:2-3 “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, which He hath appointed heir of all things, by Whom also He made the worlds;
Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the Word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the majesty on high;”
Jesus, at the end of His work here, said He had shown God’s glory on the earth:
John 17:4-5 “I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work that Thou gavest Me to do.
And now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with thine own self with the glory that I had with Thee before the world was.”
And we, who are born again by His grace are to manifest His glory:
John 17:20-22 “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word; (Jesus prayed for us here)
That they may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me.
And the glory that Thou gavest Me I have given them, that they may be one, even as we are one:”
Ephesians 1:5-6, 12 “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us excepted in the Beloved:
That we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ.”
And we are to use the riches of His glory (the riches of His Light and character) by yielding to His life within us.
He will manifest His glory through us by His might:
Ephesians 3:16 “That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man;”
Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Scripture says we are to do all to the glory of God.
Jeremiah 9:23-24 “Thus saith the Lord, let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:
But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth Me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgement, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 10:31 “Whither therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
The angels heralded, “Glory to God in the highest”;
And we, too, are to herald His glory by word and deed, here in our earthly lives.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.”