The Glory and the Blood pt. 2
(24) Being JUSTIFIED FREELY by his grace through the REDEMPTION that is IN CHRIST JESUS: (25) Whom (that is Jesus) God hath set forth to be a PROPITIATION through faith in HIS BLOOD, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
Through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, the sin of humanity was paid for and we have been justified or declared innocent. Because we are in Christ and Christ is in us, we know the glory is back! Our faith in the blood sacrifice and its atoning work has restored us to where God originally positioned and placed us in creation. Now we can see and enjoy everything that humanity lost in Adam.
Jesus is the propitiation or the reason we are treated favorably and gain the good will of God. No wonder Colossians 1:27 says, “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is CHRIST IN YOU, the HOPE (expectation) OF GLORY.”
This is the central theme of the Bible: Man was created in glory, fell from glory but has been restored back to glory through the blood. All the blood sacrifices of the Old Testament symbolized God’s restoration plan of man back to glory through the ultimate sacrifice of Christ Jesus. (Hebrews 10:1)
The Glory Defined!
(1) And he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that was our fathers’; and of that which was our fathers’ hath he gotten all this GLORY.
The word ‘glory’ is first mentioned in the Bible here in the book of Genesis 31:1. If we see the context in which it is mentioned, it will help us understand the line of meaning it carries through the Bible. Among the different definitions of the word ‘glory’, its translation in this scripture refers to wealth. It is the Hebrew word ‘Kabod’. Out of the 214 times the word ‘glory’ appears in the King James Version of the Old Testament, it is translated as ‘kabod’ 189 times. This means approximately 88% of the time that God speaks of glory in the Old Testament, it refers to money!
Let’s look at the New Testament.
The word ‘glory’ is first mentioned in Mathew 4:8.
(8) Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the GLORY of them;
This is the devil tempting Jesus, and the word glory appears for the first time in the New Testament. This is a real temptation, otherwise the Word of God would be lying; the devil truly shows Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and ‘THE GLORY OF THEM’. The word ‘glory’ here is from the Greek word Doxa which also refers to wealth. Of the 157 times that the word ‘glory’ appears in the King James Version of the New Testament, it is translated as ‘doxa’ 151 times. This means that 96% of the time the Bible speaks of glory in the New Testament, it carries with it an undertone of wealth. It is very obvious: God wants us to have wealth!