The Glory of God is a key theme that is present throughout the Bible. We have the Glory of God reflected from creation right through to the future hope of the Glory in the Kingdom to come.
To start with, the Old Testament has many references of giving glory to God associated with worship, praise and honour. However, it goes further than this and we have strong themes of God dwelling with man and the Glory of God strongly connected to the presence of God with Moses:
On Mt Sinai (Exodus 24 verses 16-17; Exodus 33 verses 18 & 22)
In the Tabernacle (Exodus 40 verse 34)
and the Temple (2 Chronicles 7 verses 1-3)
There is a progression in the New Testament as it reveals to us the Glory of God in the life of Jesus. This Glory of God brings us salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Throughout Jesus’ life there are many examples that we can look to that show us his Glory from his birth to his death and resurrection. The Gospels give us many positive examples through his signs and miracles and also in his preparation for death. However, there is also included in the temptations in the wilderness, the warning for us not to trust in our own glory - man’s glory. In Jesus’s preparation for the cross, we see his desire of us to be fruitful and show glorify God in John 15 verse 8.
So how do we reflect this Glory both in our minds and our bodies as we have been saved at a high price through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
So we should shine in the lives that we live and give bountifully to the Lord, that we should proclaim the Gospel not only through confessing that Jesus Christ is Lord but also through the example of the lives we are called to live in response.