By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Light of glory is a glimpse of heaven. Just prior to becoming the first Christian martyr it was recorded that Stephen, being full of the Holy Ghost (or that of God's Spirit), looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God (Acts 7:55).
It was an extraordinary event, given through the influence of the Spirit of God, in revealing the glory of God to Stephen! For he saw Jesus, the resurrected Christ, who had ascended on high to be with His Father, standing on the right hand of God. This denoted assisting Stephen by revealing the glory of a heavenly vision just prior to his death. (Comment)
The light of glory has been revealed to many believers in Christ. In my own experience I had a dream, many years ago, of my wife and I being in a field surrounded by darkness. In the midst of seemingly despair, a light shined through the midst of that darkness surrounding us, revealing a way to safety!
In another such instant, I was in prayer looking to heaven for deliverance. In the midst of praying, I was given a glimpse of angels darting from heaven to my rescue. The situation at hand was stilled and deliverance came!
In a Sunday morning service, as a young Christian, I had a light of glory moment, that was breathtaking, and too some unbelievable. It was as the apostle John who said: I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day (Revelation 1:10). I felt as if I had been placed on the Cross, feeling nothing but an overwhelming love, flood my soul towards all of mankind!
Anyone who has given their heart and life over to a loving Savior (the Lord Jesus Christ) has had at least one light of glory come into their life!
On the day of my salvation (1978) I felt as if I felt a wonderful heavenly presence that I had never experienced prior to that day! Most Christians can attest to their Day of Salvation; of being gloriously cleansed, and sanctified with the newness of Christ coming into their lives (Romans 6:4).
A light of glory moment was given to Saul of Tarsus who later became known as the apostle Paul. Scripture records that Saul in breathing out threatening and slaughter against the disciples of the Jesus went to the high priest desiring of him letters to Damascus; that if he found any, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem (Acts 9:1-2).
Saul was not content with driving them from their native place (Jerusalem), persecuting them, but wanted to extend his reach to rid and destroy the followers of Jesus who called themselves Christians. Saul's havoc was against the church, not wicked men, murderers, thieves, or other evildoers, but against the harmless and innocent followers of Jesus.
We are seeing this happening in the world today. One report revealed: More than 200 million Christians, in 60 countries, experience imprisonment, torture, and death for their faith. There has been more persecution of Christians than in all previous centuries combined.
As Saul journeyed, he came near to Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven. He fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying, Saul, Saul, why persecute you me? He answered: Who are you, Lord? Then came an answer from the very one; whose disciples Saul was persecuting, saying: I am Jesus (Acts 9:3-5).
What a wonderful salvation message; a light of glory being shined upon those lost in a world of sin! Saul, later the apostle Paul, acknowledged such in saying that he was the "Chief of Sinners" (1 Timothy 1:15). As long as there is a breath of life; there is hope, towards the light of glory shining down on any who will accept Jesus' invitation:
I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:20).
If you have ever seen the picture depicting Christ standing at the door, you will notice there is no door knob on the outside, for it has to be opened from within! Saul opened the door of His heart that eventful day. My prayer is that if you have yet to yield your life over to Christ, you will not wait another moment to do so! Today is the day of salvation, tomorrow may be too late.
The men which journeyed with Saul stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the ground; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him to Damascus (Acts 9:7-8).
Saul arrived at his destination but not with the same intent as before. He had experienced a life-changing event that would later make him a strong force for the cause of Christianity! God can save the worse of sinners, with a light of glory moment, bringing the truth of the Gospel message, His saving grace through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Saul was in Damascus for three days without sight, and did neither eat nor drink. While Saul was praying he seen a vision of Ananias (a prophet of God) coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
The Lord revealed that Saul was a chosen vessel, to bear Jesus' name before the Gentiles, and kings, and those in Israel: also that how great things he would suffer for Jesus' name sake (Acts 9:15-16).
When Ananias put his hands on Saul, saying, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared to you has sent me, that you might receive your sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost (or that of God's Spirit) (Acts 9:17). And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received his sight, and arose, and was baptized (Acts 9:18).
Saul, later as the apostle Paul, said: If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world (or Satan) has blinded the minds of them which believe not the gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in the hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:3-6).
God is long-suffering, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). This is the condemnation that light (the Lord Jesus Christ) is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that does evil hates the light, lest his deeds should be exposed (John 3:19-20).
What a glorious opportunity is afforded to mankind; in that God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
Many are being deceived; rather than receive, what God has so wonderfully provided to mankind through Jesus Christ His Son (John 3:16). An opportunity is extended to those who will allow the light of glory to shine forth into their life:
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
While this promise was originally given to King Solomon regarding the people of Israel, it is applicable to all who will call on the Lord in repentance and faith.
God's Word assures us: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). We have an advocate (or intercessor) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he is the propitiation (or atonement) for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:1-2).
The blood of Jesus Christ (shed on the Cross of Calvary), cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7). What a blessed promise, and assurance, that the light of glory might shine forth in one's heart and life. That one be engulfed in the newness of life (Romans 6:4) as that of Saul of Tarsus who later became the apostle Paul!
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