The Glory of God



At a recent ministerial meeting, a longing was expressed for God to reveal Himself in a tangible way. “I want to see the glory of God expressed in His people.” All of us desire to have God reveal Himself, preferable in a non-threatening way that will convince the sinner that God is present.


False Glory - Shills

When I was a 10 year old, the medicine show would come to town. They were essentially selling “snake oil” in the form of small tins of Dr. Jones’ Miracle Salve. Fifty cents would buy you a tin filled with cheap petroleum jelly touted by the Medicine Show salesman as a cure for practically anything that ails you.

They would hard sell you offering, “Three for a dollar for the first five customers.”


I loved the fake melodramas where you’d hiss the villains and cheer the heroes and heroines. The plot would thicken and then the show salesman would interrupt for a commercial for the miracle salve. He’d tell you how the salve if rubbed on a arthritic joint would instantly relieve the pain. Suddenly, up would jump a person who’d run up to the front to say he’d purchased a tin at the start of the show, rubbed some on and he’d ALREADY been delivered from pain!


Curious, that person each night was the same person. Later, I discovered that the “cured one” was called in carnival language a “shill.” They are paid actors who will respond any way you expect them to for a price.


Shills also exist in the religious arena. They may not be paid, but they get the attention and accolade of the crowd. More than twenty years ago we had a “miracle service” at our church and a local young man testified he’d been healed from a life-long allergy problem. Everybody was excited and praised God for his healing.


The next morning he came to my office with his head hung low.

“I lied about the healing last night. I really wasn’t healed.”

“Why did you do it? I asked.

“Because,” he replied, I wanted to please you and give you what you wanted.”

I was dismayed and felt duped by his deception. Sometimes people will tell you what you want to hear and unconsciously become shills of your strong expectations.


Jim Jones of Guyana notoriety, frequently used shills to keep his name and ministry on the headlines of local newspapers. Some of his shills were dupes of his charisma and others were given “ministry favors” to perform according to expectations. Using shills and deceit Rev. Jones attracted nearly 1,000 followers that were passive, gullible and easily led onto his path of deception that led them to drink the kool-aide and die in a mass suicide in a far country.


The Real Glory of God


John Wimber taught that the sacred Presence of Christ in a worship service was like “the dancing Hand of God.”  It was as though Christ’s presence would sweep through a service in what Wimber called “gracelets.”  Wherever God in His sovereignty chose, His hand would drop and people would be blessed. One Wimber service I attended where God’s glory was manifested was chaotic. People were wailing, weeping over their sins. They were falling to the carpet with no one pushing or touching them. It was not orderly, but it was definitely God.


Personally, in my more than 50 years of knowing and serving Jesus, I have encountered his glory on occasion. Mostly, seeing Him and sensing His presence (glory), has come with deep emotion and tears of contrition. I have never been “amazed and awed” by His presence. I have felt an instinctive gut-level fear mingled with love and adoration.


I served more than three years on the ministerial training staff at Melodyland Christian Center in Anaheim, California. One of my duties was to answer altar calls at services for the 10,000 member congregation. One particular session stands out in my mind. When the people were escorted into a private open room where we “prayer counselors” were to pray with them one-on-one.

One man I approached was in his work clothes. From his appearance I guessed he was a plumber. His rough, calloused hands covered his eyes. He was sobbing from his gut as big tears splashed down on the carpet beneath him. It took him over 20 minutes to gain his breath and composure so he could speak.

I asked him,

“Why are you here?”

He gasped breathlessly, “He told me to come to the front!”

“Who is he?” I asked.

“You know. He was wearing sandals and a white robe. He stood in the aisle and told me to come.”

“Can you see Him now?” I asked.

“No, but He’s here!”

“How do you know?

“I can FEEL Him.”

I experienced the prickly feeling in the back of my neck. It radiated all over my body. Obviously, it took something unusual to “get to” this rough-cut guy who had lived his whole life believing in nothing but himself and the work of his hands. Something, or rather, someone called this man out of his pew. I led him into the confession of his sins before God, and acceptance of Jesus Christ into His heart. I told him that the one whom he had seen now wants residence in his heart. He readily accepted Christ and began the journey of salvation and a life-long walk with Jesus.

The real glory of God is the incredible Presence of Christ to seek and to save that which is lost. Paul, the Apostle, said it best,

“Christ in you, the hope of glory.”  Colossians 1:27


Sheepfold Ministries, April 20, 2008

Pastor Phil Roland


Not Glory Feathers, Glitter and Gold

JOHN 1:1-14

“We do not need gold dust and ‘angel’s feathers’ to know God’s Glory is present. We do need to look to Jesus and be transformed.”                                        Pastor Phil

“But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.”

  Num. 14:21




                        1. HA-DER – Beauty or Excellence

                        2. TO-HAR – Purity or Brightness

                        3. SEB-HI – Respect for a Prominent Person

                        4. AD-DERITH – Broad, Big, Unbounded

                        5. HO-DH – Grandeur of God

                        6. KA-BOD – Heavy, Weighty, Authoritative, Rich, Courageous,

                                                One who is Taking Charge

                                    a. When God is Present He is Taking Charge

                                    b. When God is Absent

c. IK-ABOD – The glory has departed

d. “The Presence of God in our Midst”

        B. Moses Saw God’s Revealed Glory

                        1. Moses saw the bush that burned but was not consumed

                        Exodus 3:2-4

                        “And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the

midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with

fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, "I will now turn

aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn." So when the

LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst

of the bush and said, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, "Here I am."

                        2. The Glory Cloud – Exodus 16:10

                        “Now it came to pass, as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the

children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the

glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud.”

3. The Glory on Mt. Sinai, like a consuming fire – Ex. 24:16,17

“Now the glory of the LORD rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered

it six days. And on the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of

the cloud. The sight of the glory of the LORD was like a consuming fire on

the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel.”

4. God’s passing glory - Exodus 33:22

"So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of

the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by.”

5. God’s glory led them cloud by day, fire by night – Ex. 40:38

“For the cloud of the LORD was above the tabernacle by day, and fire

was over it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all

their journeys.”

6. David: God’s Glory Declared in the Heavens – Psalm 19:1

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his


7. God’s Glory fills just constructed Tabernacle – Ex. 40:34,35

“Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the

LORD filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the

tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the glory of

the LORD filled the tabernacle.”

        C. Haggai’s Prophetic Promise of Coming Glory – Haggai 2:6-9

"For thus says the LORD of hosts: 'Once more (it is a little while) I will

shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; 'and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this

temple with glory,' says the LORD of hosts. 'The silver is Mine, and the

gold is Mine,' says the LORD of hosts. 'The glory of this latter temple shall

be greater than the former,' says the LORD of hosts. 'And in this place I

will give peace,' says the LORD of hosts."



“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14


                        1. Same Meaning as KA-BOD

                        2. Brightness, Splendor

            B. OT God Revealed Himself in a Place, now a Person in NT

                        1. Thru Jesus’ Incarnation we can behold God Himself

                        2. How does God’s Glory Look? His Glory Looks like Jesus

                                    a. See Jesus and see the Father – John 14:9

                                                “He who has seen Me has seen the Father;”

                                    b. In Jesus God’s Glory is manifested in human flesh

            C. God desires to manifest His Glory through us – John 17:9-11

            "I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given

Me, for they are Yours. "And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am

glorified in them. "Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world,

and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have

given Me, that they may be one as We are.”

                        1. We, you and I, are God’s Temple – 1 Corinthians 3:16,17

                        “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of

God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy

him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”

2. We are to be a Dwelling Place for the Holy Spirit

3. We are a people through whom God manifests his glory

4. We are to be conformed to Christ’s Image – Romans 12:2

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the

renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and

acceptable and perfect will of God.”

5. Not Outward Pretentious Pasted-On Piety, but Inward

            D. At Pentecost God’s Glory Released to Christ’s Body – 2 Cor. 3:18

            “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.”

            1. OT Looked for an Outward Sign of God’s Presence

            2. A Sign is NOT the Destination, It Points to the Destination

            3. WE MUST BEHOLD HIM, Not Feathers, Glitter and Gold

                        a. Jesus must be at the center of our Lives

                        b. He must be our motivating force in all we do

                        c. He must be the passion of our heart

                        d. Keep Him ever before your eyes

                        e. Look to Him, surrender to Him, Spend Time with Him

                    f. Allow His Glory to Fill You and His Power to Posses You





The Glory of God, Text:

JOHN 1:1-14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2  He was in the beginning with God.

3  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

4  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

5  And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

6  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

7  This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe.

8  He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

9  That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.

10  He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.

11  He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.

12  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

13  who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

14  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.