Topic Study: Glory

(July 2002 TG Entry BD Glory of the Lord)

Continued From

God, Glory of

Overview

We are beings of glory, as Sons and Daughters of God (see God, Glory of).  We sense this, and desire to have glory.  Yet we are now here to humble ourselves, and learn obedience by the things which we suffer.

True glory will be bestowed upon us as we follow our example, Jesus Christ (see Glorify [Forward Reference])

I             Glory is bestowed upon us

Our destiny is to have glory.

5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.  Ps. 8:5

2 And from that time forth Enoch began to prophesy, saying unto the people, that: As I was journeying, and stood upon the place Mahujah, and cried unto the Lord, there came a voice out of heaven, saying—Turn ye, and get ye upon the mount Simeon.

3 And it came to pass that I turned and went up on the mount; and as I stood upon the mount, I beheld the heavens open, and I was clothed upon with glory;

4 And I saw the Lord; and he stood before my face, and he talked with me, even as a man talketh one with another, face to face; and he said unto me: Look, and I will show unto thee the world for the space of many generations.

Moses 7:2 – 4

  • Ps. 84:11 Lord will give grace and g.
  • Prov. 4:9 crown of g. shall she deliver
  • 1 Pet. 5:4 shall receive a crown of g.
  • 1 Pet. 5:10 hath called us unto his eternal g. by Christ
  • 2 Pet. 1:3 him that hath called us to g. and virtue
  • Alma 26:16 we will g. in the Lord
  • Alma 29:9 this is my g., that perhaps I may be an instrument
  • D&C 6:30 you shall dwell with me in g.
  • D&C 25:14 soul delight in thy husband, and the g.
  • D&C 29:12 mine apostles … shall stand … in g.
  • D&C 66:2 (133:57) be made partakers of the g.
  • D&C 75:5 faithful … crowned with honor, and g.
  • D&C 88:4 g. of the celestial kingdom
  • D&C 88:18 that it may be prepared for the celestial g.
  • D&C 88:107 saints shall be filled with his g.
  • D&C 128:12 Herein is g. and honor, and immortality
  • D&C 130:2 same sociality … will be coupled with eternal g.
  • Moses 6:59 eternal life in the world to come, even immortal g.
  • Moses 6:61 peaceable things of immortal g.
  • A of F 1:10 earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal g

II            Glorying in self is not true glory

God commands us to not seek the glory of the world

61 Wherefore, let no man glory in man, but rather let him glory in God, who shall subdue all enemies under his feet.

D&C 76:61

Why?  Because it is worthless.

24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.  The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

1 Pet. 1:24

III           Christ is out Example and Source of True Glory

1 THE elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

1 Pet. 5:1

32 And there shall they fall down and be crowned with glory, even in Zion, by the hands of the servants of the Lord, even the children of Ephraim.

D&C 133:32

  • Ps. 62:7 God is my salvation and my g.
  • Isa. 6:3 (2 Ne. 16:3) earth is full of his g.
  • Matt. 6:13 thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the g.
  • Col. 1:27 riches of the g. of this mystery
  • Col. 3:4 ye also appear with him in g.
  • 1 Tim. 3:16 received up into g.
  • 1 Pet. 1:8 rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of g.
  • 2 Pet. 1:17 he received from God the Father honour and g.
  • Rev. 14:7 Fear God, and give g. to him
  • 2 Ne. 33:6 I g. in plainness, I g. in truth, I g. in my Jesus
  • Alma 26:16 we will g. in the Lord
  • Alma 29:9 this is my g., that perhaps I may be an instrument
  • 3 Ne. 20:9 did cry out with one voice, and gave g. to Jesus
  • D&C 76:56 received of his fulness, and of his g.
  • D&C 132:19 shall pass … to their exaltation and g. in all
  • Moses 4:2 thy will be done, and the g. be thine forever
  • Moses 7:3 clothed upon with g.

IV          There are different degress of glory

But people receive differing degrees of his glory.

96 And the glory of the celestial is one, even as the glory of the sun is one.

97 And the glory of the terrestrial is one, even as the glory of the moon is one.

98 And the glory of the telestial is one, even as the glory of the stars is one; for as one star differs from another star in glory, even so differs one from another in glory in the telestial world;

D&C 76:96 – 98

The degree of glory we receive is dependent upon the laws we are willing to obey.

22 For he who is not able to abide the law of a celestial kingdom cannot abide a celestial glory.

23 And he who cannot abide the law of a terrestrial kingdom cannot abide a terrestrial glory.

24 And he who cannot abide the law of a telestial kingdom cannot abide a telestial glory; therefore he is not meet for a kingdom of glory.  Therefore he must abide a kingdom which is not a kingdom of glory.

D&C 88:22 – 24

We choose the glory we are willing to enjoy.

27 For notwithstanding they die, they also shall rise again, a spiritual body.

28 They who are of a celestial spirit shall receive the same body which was a natural body; even ye shall receive your bodies, and your glory shall be that glory by which your bodies are quickened.

29 Ye who are quickened by a portion of the celestial glory shall then receive of the same, even a fulness.

30 And they who are quickened by a portion of the terrestrial glory shall then receive of the same, even a fulness.

31 And also they who are quickened by a portion of the telestial glory shall then receive of the same, even a fulness.

32 And they who remain shall also be quickened; nevertheless, they shall return again to their own place, to enjoy that which they are willing to receive, because they were not willing to enjoy that which they might have received.

D&C 88:27 – 32

When we arise on resurrection morning, the glory we have earned will be apparent.

  • 1 Cor. 15:41 (D&C 76:81, 98) one star differeth from another star in g.
  • 2 Cor. 3:7 not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the g. of his countenance
  • D&C 76:6 eternal shall be their g.
  • D&C 76:56 received of his fulness, and of his g.
  • D&C 76:70 (76:92) celestial, whose g. is that of the sun
  • D&C 131:1 in the celestial g. there are three heavens
  • Abr. 3:26 keep their second estate shall have g. added upon

V           Glory comes after trails

What then, creates more glory?

17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

2 Cor. 4:17

3 Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation.

D&C 58:3

Summary

We should seek to be endowed with the Glory of the Lord.  This glory is not the same as Man’s Glory.  It comes only from God.  It comes in differing degrees, depending upon our righteousness, and the trails we patiently endure.

Related Hymns

“Glory to God on High” Hymns No. 67

“O Love That Glorifies The Son” Hymns No. 295

“All Glory, Laud, and Honor” Hymns No. 69

“Lo the Might God Appearing” Hymns No. 55

Zion, all its light unfolding,
God in glory shall display.
Lo! He comes!
Nor silence holding;
Fire and clouds prepare his way.
Tempests round him!
Tempest Round him!
Hasten on the dreadful day.

Other References

Continue At

Glorify [Forward Reference]

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