The Fruit, the Gifts and the Glory

“All have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory”, Romans 3:23

In their sinless state Adam and Eve, like Moses, could well have been endowed with God’s wondrous effulgence when He communed with them daily, Genesis 3:8.

Sadly, though, when sin transpired God’s glory may well have vanished from their bodies, only to be seen again momentarily on Moses, on Mount Sinai, in the tabernacle and in the temple never to appear again until Christ’s transfiguration and the Day of Pentecost where it entered the upper room, divided and came upon all who were present, Acts 2:1-4.

The glimpsed, fading glory which Moses displayed and covered with a shawl is now manifested in the ministry of righteousness, which exceeds in intensifying glory in the sons of God, 2 Cor. 3:9. It can be observed in God’s living temple – you and me, Ephesians 2:21-22, 1Cor. 3:16-17.

Yet to observe manifestations of God’s glory one has to look in the most unlikely places. It is not readily observed in assemblies, prayer meetings or today’s worship gatherings. Nor is it seen in the manifestation of spiritual gifts – this is not to say that these are to be set aside; indeed not!

So where is the glory of God manifested? It is manifested in the ministry of righteousness, which is fueled by the willingness of Christ’s disciples to allow the Holy Spirit to exercise His fruit in their lives, Galatians 5:22-23. How so?

Matthew writes in 25:31-40, that in ministering in the fruit of the Holy Spirit unto the desperate needs of others we actually minister unto God and Christ in them. So in ministering righteously to others, who came from God and were made in His image (Romans 11:36), we draw near to Him in them and thus His glory emanates from them toward us and then through us to the world about us, 2 Cor. 4:6.

As the living temples of God let us therefore be seen ministering the fruit of the Holy Spirit in righteousness to the unlovable, the lonely, the lost, the untouchables, the destitute and the desperate for in so doing we draw near to God in them and His glory returns upon us for the world to see. This in no way suggests we cast off the charismata of the Holy Spirit, but rather we manifest Christ’s love first and foremost as Paul reiterates in 1 Cor. 13 and in so doing, the charismata will find their true and rightful place in the ministry of righteousness and Holy Spirit engendered worship will result, (Acts 4).

Blessings

Bob Chapman

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