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Overview of Eternal Rewards - Part 2 (4 of 12)

Mike Connell

Here's the next thing then; the next characteristic of it: Jesus' resurrected body radiates glory. It radiates life and glory out of it. In other words, it's like a bright, shining lamp.

Matthew 17:2 - “He was transfigured before them, His face shone like the sun, His clothes became white as light”.

Mark 9:3 - “His clothes became shining, exceedingly white; face like a sun, clothes exceedingly white, white as you could ever get it”.

Luke 9:29 - “As He prayed, the appearance of His face altered, and His robes became white and glistening”.

Notice the key, they all describe a little different aspect of it - it was as He prayed, the glory shifted and changed.

It says: His face shone like the sun. That word shine is the word “lampo” - to beam or radiate out light; brilliant light. His face shone like the sun - so in other words, you couldn't look upon His face, because of the brilliant light, and it's coming from the inside out. It's from the glory within, shining forth like rays; brilliant rays, like the sun. His garments, His clothes, become white. That word ‘white’ is the word ‘leukos’, which means: brilliant, or dazzling white. The guy says: you couldn't launder your clothes to look that white; this is beyond white! This is better than anyone could do.

It also means: to radiate dazzling, bright rays of light. You see His countenance radiating light, bright like the sun. Used to look at the sun, it's that brilliant light, and you can feel the light and the warmth - that's what it's like; and it says: His clothes were glistening. That means they shone out lightning. The glory of God, which was within Jesus, began to radiate out through His whole body, changing all of His body. It was what was in Him, expanding out, and changing what was outside.

His body, and His garments, and His countenance, all radiated brilliant rays of light. Now when John saw Jesus in the Book of Revelation, he had an encounter with Him, and said a similar thing…

Revelation 1:12-16 - “I turned to see the voice that spoke with me; and having turned, I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands, One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment to the feet, and girded with His chest with a golden band. His head and His hair were white like wool (here it is again) - white like snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire.”

In other words, His eyes are burning like there's a fire. That's the only way he could describe it, was it's like His eyes are on fire, a blazing flame of fire. And he says...

“His feet were like fine brass, as if you'd refined it in a furnace, and His voice like the sound of many waters; in His right hand, seven stars; out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword; and His countenance was like the sun shining, in its strength”.

Again, he's seeing the glory, and he says that it's like looking into the sun - the brilliance of His face... it's too much to handle. Jesus' countenance was shining with brilliance; and it tells us about God's people in Matthew 13:43 - “...then the righteous will shine forth like the sun, in the kingdom of their Father”.

It could be just prophetic statements; or it could actually be literally, the glory is so brilliant, that it shines right through us. Here's another thing about Jesus' resurrection...

Jesus could veil His glory. He could fully cover it, so you couldn't see it; or just partially, so you could see it. So sometimes He appeared in glory; other times He appeared like a gardener. Sometimes you could recognise Him; but other times, you couldn't recognise Him. He could appear, and He could vanish. We need to see then, the glory of God that's within Him - as He walked no one recognised it; but when He was on the Mount, it suddenly shone forth, and you could see it.

The last thing is this statement here, a scripture that says: Christ in us, the hope of glory. In Colossians 1:27-29, but I'll read 2 Corinthians 4:7 first... “We have this treasure in an earthen vessel, so the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.”

In other words, as a believer, the Bible describes you as having a treasure in you. Most times people are trying to get God to come down from somewhere to do something, and they lose awareness that we are one with the Spirit of God, when we're in Christ. We have a treasure within us, which we have to grow and cultivate. We have this treasure, which is Christ in an earthen vessel; so even though we may be frail, may have limitations, may have weaknesses and so on and so forth, nevertheless it's not about the vessel. It's the treasure inside the vessel that counts. Then Paul, talking about that same treasure, says this, in Colossians 1; he says: “to them, God willed to make known, what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory”.