Grace is God’s antidote to the demise of humanity brought by sin and satanic oppression. It will bring beauty out of any man or woman, no matter where sin and life’s circumstances have left them.
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,… to grant to those who mourn in Zion — to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified. (Isaiah 61:1-3 Revised Standard Version)
The signs of the times in which we are living speak for themselves, that the last days are here, and that this is the time for a wave of the revelation of the glory of the Lord on this fallen earth prior to our ascent into the eternal glory.
The Glory is Here
The glory of God is not some mystical experience of hard-to-explain theological dilemma. It is simply the presence of almighty God. The experience of the glory is an experience of His presence. The earth will experience an ever-increasing intensity of the presence of God and the touch of heaven. It is the most exciting thing to look forward to amidst the increasing darkness covering the world.
The glory covering the earth is simply divinity in display—God dwelling and living among His people. This glory will be only a foretaste of the eternal weight of glory. It is nothing close to the glory that shall be revealed in us when—at the close of the ages—God will be seen through His people in His complete fullness without any limitations of the earthy body.
Glory by Grace
The coming glory on this present earth will be ushered in by an unveiling of the grace of God. Grace is the unveiling of the full measure of the Person and work of Christ and seen as the beauty of God’s kindness upon us. The glory of the Lord is here and increasing on the earth, and this will be preceded by the Church receiving a fresh revelation of grace.
Contrary to what some brethren might be thinking, there will be an ever-increasing intensity of the revelation of grace to the Church. This is what will precede the glory. Jesus is the very revelation of the glory of God( Hebrews 1:3) and it goes without saying therefore, that if we will know the glory of God, Christ must be all and all. Grace is the beauty of the work of Christ on a believer. As we get immersed at the wonders of Who He is, His cross and the empty tomb, as well as His glorified position in heaven, glory is the inevitable result.
The work of grace is already completed. What is left is full implementation. It will not be a new thing that God will do. He already did a new thing. It is finished. What is left is execution.
Waves of Revelation
There are waves of the revelation of the grace in Christ coming on the earth. This is the “John the Baptist” of the glory. And the revelation of grace is the revelation of the Son of God to His Church. The knowledge of God has been so cluttered by human efforts and our religion that if not of the invincibility of the divine purpose, the cross and the empty tomb would have been lost in the entire mess. This will not happen. Jesus paid the price for His Church and He will remain the Head of the Body. There will be “dethronings” and separations.
The wave revelation of grace is not another revelation of some deep hidden truth. It is simply the unveiling of the Son of God. We should be troubled, that a believer can attend church and be immersed in the routines of the Christian life and yet have no personal encounter with the resurrected Christ. We get them saved, involved with the routines and even launched out to ministry with no intimate encounter and experience of the power of cross and the empty tomb. It cannot be emphasized enough that the Author and the Finisher of our faith is Christ. A revelation of His Person and Work through the cross is not optional but the only way to victorious Christian life and holy service to God.
Seeing Christ Births Faith
As Jesus is revealed, the real substance of faith will be unveiled. Here again, real faith will replace so much of the mental assent and mind manipulation we sometimes call faith today. There is no faith without a revelation of the finished work of Christ. It seems we have experienced only traces of what faith really can do.
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith. (1 John 5:4 Revised Standard Version)
Faith that overcomes the world shall not be fulfilled when we cross over to eternity. We will not need faith when we cross over into the eternal glory.
This scripture is for the now.
And honestly, most of the church hasn’t experienced faith as the most powerful force in the earth. It still sounds like a religious cliché to many. You have probably had your share of heart struggles with life’s challenges of faith like most other believers; however, not one iota of the Word will go unfulfilled. This verse will be fulfilled prior to the official departure of the Church from this world. The faith that is in Christ, here called our faith, is absolutely dependent on a revelation of the finished work on the cross. In other words, when Christ takes His place, then faith comes alive and receives all that He paid for through His death and resurrection.
The Spirit is Waiting
Faith was given by God so humanity can connect to the Saviour.
When faith is perfected, Christ lives uninhibited through His people. The result? You said it right: the glory! Faith in grace produces the glory. Grace requires faith because faith is the channel by which the gift of grace is channeled to humanity.
This chain of events—faith in the grace by the revelation of the Son of God to unveil the glory—is under the auspices of the Holy Ghost. He is eagerly waiting to perfect this cycle in us by unveiling Jesus to us in His Word, to ignite faith in the work He accomplished through the cross that God be glorified on the earth.
This cycle will be repeated until we become perfected. This is not the work of man. We are inherently involved in it and are critical partners in its fulfillment but it shall not be man’s doing. The Spirit already has this going.
Get Out of the Way!
One of the most important things we can do in this grace cycle is to get out of God’s way.
The greatest obstacle to the revelation of the glory is the flesh. This is not limited to sin as we are naturally inclined to think. It also includes our trusting in our human ability. The greatest part we play in this wave is to be vessels of revelation of this glory. And the best thing we can do to “help God” is to get out of His way.
We will have to get our thinking—our ways of doing things, trusting in ourselves and our systems that have turned out to be hindrances and many more–out of the way. Any stone that needs to be rolled away from the tomb, like that of Lazarus, should be rolled away, that the glory will be revealed.
Don’t Try to Do It!
The grace wave will require an even more intimate relationship with the Lord in prayer and the Word. But not once should we imagine in our hearts that it is a “do more” kind of stuff on our part. We will only weary ourselves away—spiritual burnout. It is not for us to get more committed, fast longer, pray longer, meditate on the Word more, etc. We will do more when plugged into this wave, but that is not the origin of it. It is of God, a heart set. This is the Lord’s doing.
We will deceive ourselves when we think that intensifying teachings about holiness the way we have done will make the saints more dedicated to holy living. An unleashing of the revelation of the Son, the wonders of the cross and the beauties of the empty tomb will not only cause the chains of sin to melt like butter on a flame, it will produce a passion for holy living and service to God on a scale that can only be described as glorious.
Believers are in dire need of knowing who they say they believe in.
The power for the Christian life is not in the human will but in the empowerment of the Spirit as Jesus is revealed.
A touch of grace will do what a millennium of the Law cannot accomplish.
The controversies, confusion and sometimes strong emotions that the subject of grace sometimes evokes in the times in which we live mandate us to do some housekeeping prior to embarking on any exploration of the wonders of the grace in Christ.
Grace is here. The glory is here. The season is here. Therefore
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. (Isaiah. 60:1-3 Revised Standard Version)