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FILLED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE GLORY OF GOD

IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES

TOPIC: FILLED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE GLORY OF GOD

COMPILED/EDITED BY:-
Rev. Innocent Chukwudi Peace Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM

“For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”
Habakkuk 2:14

The created world even now displays the glory of God, yet many are blind to it. The Bible is available to untold millions, and in it the glory of God is revealed, yet many are unable to see it there either. But when Christ, in whom all the fullness of God’s glory dwells, shall return to reign on the earth, God’s glory will be known to the whole world as never before.
This is indicated by the fact that the word speaks of personally encountering the Lord’s glory, i.e. His personal presence through the process of fellowship with Him and being affected by this encounter in that the inhabitants of planet earth gain a practical wisdom from this encounter and more of the character of the Lord.
For this to take place, the inhabitants of planet earth would have to be regenerated through faith in the Lord as their Savior since the Scriptures teach that only those who are regenerated through faith in Him have the capacity to possess an experiential knowledge of Him.

Possessing an experiential knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ is equivalent to experiencing eternal life and fellowship with Him.
Like church age believers today, regenerate Jew and Gentiles during the millennial reign of Jesus Christ will experience fellowship with the Lord because of His finished work on the cross and His resurrection and session at the right hand of the Father.
Fellowship with God and their fellow believer is based upon their union and identification with Jesus Christ in His crucifixion, death, burial, resurrection and session at the right hand side of the Father.

“They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”
Isaiah 11:9

This prophetic declaration in Habakkuk 2:14 that the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord echoes in Numbers 14:21, Psalm 72:19 and Isaiah 6:3.
“Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the Lord fills the whole earth.”
Numbers 14:21

“Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and Amen.”
Psalm 72:9

“And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”
Isaiah 6:3

This fulfillment of this prophetic declaration in Habakkuk 2:14 and these passages will fulfill one of the unconditional promises of the New Covenant, namely, the knowledge of the Lord will be universal on planet earth.

_No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.””
Jeremiah 31:34

This revelation knowledge of the glory of God didn’t end in the old testament but it becomes more pronounced in the new testament.

“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
2 Corinthians 4:6.

Paul knew not merely God, but God in Christ Jesus; not merely “the glory of God,” but “the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” The knowledge dealt with God, but it was Christward knowledge. He pined not for a Christless Theism, but for God in Christ. This, beloved, is the one thing which you and I should aim to know. There are parts of the divine glory which will never be seen by us in this life, speculate as we may. Mysticism would fain pry into the unknowable; you and I may leave dreamers and their dreams, and follow the clear light which shines from the face of Jesus. What of God it is needful and beneficial for us to know he has revealed in Christ, and whatsoever is not there, we may rest assured it is unfit and unnecessary for us to know. Truly the revelation is by no means scant, for there is vastly more revealed in the person of Christ than we shall be likely to learn in this mortal life, and even eternity will not be too long for the discovery of all the glory of God which shines forth in the person of the word made flesh.

“I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord.”
Jeremiah 24:7.

The fact that a promise is made in the covenant that to the chosen shall be given hearts to know the Lord is a clear proof that without the divine teaching, and without the reception of a new heart from the Lord, man not only does not know, but cannot find out his God. Thou boastest of thy intellect, O vain man, but thy foolish heart is darkened so that thou stumblest in the noonday as at midnight. Thou hast eyes, and thou sayest “I see,” but thine eyes are closed, thine ears are dull of hearing, and thy heart has waxed gross; and so dull has thy soul become that only he who formed the ear can make thee hear, and only he who fashioned the eye can give thee sight.

The fact that a promise is made in the covenant that to the chosen shall be given hearts to know the Lord is a clear proof that without the divine teaching, and without the reception of a new heart from the Lord, man not only does not know, but cannot find out his God. Thou boastest of thy intellect, O vain man, but thy foolish heart is darkened so that thou stumblest in the noonday as at midnight. Thou hast eyes, and thou sayest “I see,” but thine eyes are closed, thine ears are dull of hearing, and thy heart has waxed gross; and so dull has thy soul become that only he who formed the ear can make thee hear, and only he who fashioned the eye can give thee sight. How can we sufficiently admire the condescension of God, that he should stoop to instruct the heart of man! Man forgets his God, but God does not forget him; though man knows not God, yet God knows him; and, seeing that his powerlessness to grasp divine knowledge lies in his heart, he visits him in grace, and renews the fountain of his strength, and the centre of his nature, by giving him a new heart and a right spirit. The infinitely glorious God might have regarded it as a matter of indifference whether such an insignificant creature as man knew him or not; he might well have said, and it had been consistent with the majesty of his justice to say it, “Seeing that ye do not desire to know me ye shall not perceive me; and inasmuch as ye close your eyes to me ye shall continue in outer darkness; because ye will not glorify me as God your hearts shall abide in midnight, I will leave you to your own devices.” But

the Lord of love said not so to the sons of men, upon whom his heart was set. On the contrary he has made a covenant of mercy on our behalf, and his speech is the reverse of what we might have expected, for he declares in the words of the text, “I will give them a heart to know me, that I am Jehovah.”

By this great promise of the text is not merely meant that God will lead the converted to know that there is a God, because that may be known without a new heart. Any man possessed of reason may know that there is a Supreme Being, who created all things and preserves the universe in existence. The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth his handiwork. The tokens of divine skill and power are so abundant that “The invisible things of God from the creation of the world are already seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead.” The knowledge intended here is much deeper than that which comes from observation, and only affects the intellect. To know that there is a God is a lower step, which every man takes except the fool who hath said in his heart, “There is no God.” The text promises that the favoured ones shall know that God to be Jehovah. So the original text has it, “I will give them a heart to know me, that I am Jehovah God leads men to see that the God revealed in Scripture, and manifested in the person of the Lord Jesus, is the God who made heaven and earth. Man fashions for himself a god after his own liking; he makes to himself if not out of wood or stone, yet out of what he calls his own consciousness.

May his Spirit sweetly incline you to seek his face, and he will be known of you. God grant his blessing, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

PRAYER
Help us, O Lord, to see your power, love, wisdom, and all your glorious attributes even now in this imperfect age. But we also encourage our hearts with the knowledge that your glory will be displayed in full splendor in the age to come. We look forward to the day when no man will teach his neighbor saying “Know the Lord, ” for they will all already know Him. (Jeremiah 31:34)

SHALOM

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