And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one.
John 17:22 (NKJV)
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV)
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)
Glory is a major theme in the Bible. In its various forms (glory, glorify, glorious), this small word appears 489 times. It illuminates both Testaments. Definitions include: 'abundance, wealth, treasure, honor, dignity, splendor, brightness, majesty, and the infinite perfections of God' (Easton's Bible Dictionary).
Bible scholar D.A. Bayliss states, 'It is actually the case that the Biblical word 'glory' is a translation of twenty different words; twelve in the Hebrew and eight in the Greek.' So, it's no wonder that the majority of English-reading Christians question its definition. We translate twenty words of God into one word of majesty: glory!
Nevertheless, glory is foundational to the mission of Jesus, the character of God, and the success of our work on Planet Earth. If we are transformed by glory, receive provision in glory, and Jesus' death on the cross was His ultimate glory, what would God have us know about it?
True glory is of God. It is a holy gift descended from Heaven to transform us into victorious saints. My favorite definition of glory is 'brilliant illumination.' It lights our path, reveals His riches, showcases our talent, inspires our minds, blinds our enemies, and glows in mercy.
A glory moment is a glorious performance: a performance of brilliant illumination. Jesus' death brought the world brilliant illumination. The performances of actors, models, and talent for Christ bring starbursts of glory: moments where a speech, song, or dance radiates with light and truth.
Glory moments come in defeat as well. Because those who witness a hero's fall see glory rise. Therein does glory 'Swallow up death forever' (Isaiah 25:8), turn losers into winners, and transform even us into the image of the Lord.
'For you are our glory and joy' (1 Thessalonians 2:20).