“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5
LIGHT FOR NOW: The man created in Christ which is the new creation is for the glory of God and is the glory of God.
Isaiah, a prophet in the Old Testament is speaking prophetically in our key text, and in the very heart of verse 1, he says “Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee”. In looking first into this glory which is still our investigation presently, we saw from Jesus’ words in Luke 24:25-27 that the Old Testament is summarized in two sentences:
- The sufferings of Christ; which is his death; him taking our place in sacrifice for us (fallen man) so as to redeem fallen man from the effect and consequences of sin.
- The glory that followed; which is the new creation that came out of his resurrection.
Recall, the prophets had Christ centered utterances about what God will do in Christ which is where the new creation will be found in him. Verse 44 of Luke 24 equally supports that the words of the prophets were prophecies or promises to be fulfilled in Christ, it reads “And he said unto them, these are the words which I spake unto you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the Psalm, concerning me”. Thus, the statement in verse 1 where he says “and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee” will be a prophecy or promise of God’s glory in us. Therefore, the believer today will be a partaker of God’s glory. Today we are in his glory and for his glory. In Isaiah 43:7, Isaiah says “Everyone that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him”. So, God’s creation (the born again man) will be for his glory to be revealed in him. You have therefore been created in Christ for the glory of God. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Stay with what God’s word says about you.
CONFESSION: I acknowledge that I am gloriously created in Christ by God for his glory. I am God’s glory and I radiate glory.
QUOTE: The believer in Christ is God’s glory revealed.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 60; EVENING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 43