The Glory of God Part 2 – God is Spirit and Light

God is Spirit and Light

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit existed in a mysterious triune reality of glory before anything or anyone was created. Before there was a Heaven, before there were angels, and before our physical universe came into being, there was just God in His trinity of glory. That was the only reality. Jesus told His disciples that He shared this glory with the Father before the world was ever created (John 17:5). At some point in eternity past God decided to extend the reality of His glory beyond the Godhead. The perfect love that was shared in the Trinity could not be contained in the shared reality of glory, so God developed a plan to “grow the family.” It was the love of God that initiated the whole idea and it is the love of God that is manifested in the created reality. In other words, the purpose of creation and the ultimate goal of creation are to reveal God’s love to His creatures.

In order to create other living beings, God decided to use a substance, for lack of a better term, to make them. However, God would not share His divine essence with His “creatures” so He created other substances to make distinctions between the different created entities. In this sense, Deity is totally separate and unique from anything or anyone created. Only God the Son and God the Holy Spirit share the divine essence of the Father, and this glorious essence is beyond the reach of any creature to understand. It is this separateness and uniqueness that gives God the attribute of holiness, as mentioned in the previous post.

Before there was a physical universe with the elements that make up matter, God created a spiritual reality called Heaven. Heaven was populated with spirit beings, such as angels, cherubim, seraphim, and all ranks of created angelic beings. These beings are not physical beings made up of the elements we find in our physical reality. They were not made of matter in the sense we understand it. As a matter of fact, Jesus taught that there definitely is a difference between spiritual beings and physical beings. After He rose from the dead He tried to reassure His disciples they were not seeing a ghost (spirit). Here is the account from the book of Luke:

They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and  my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have (Luke 24:37-39).

We can draw two conclusions from the above passage. First, unlike spiritual beings, physical beings can be experienced with the five physical senses. Jesus told them to “touch” Him and “see” Him, implying that if He were a ghost they would not be able to see or touch Him. Second, it is clear that spirits are not made of physical matter (flesh and bones). These two truths combined lead to the logical conclusion that immaterial beings that contain no matter cannot be seen or felt with the physical senses. As we shall see in a subsequent articler, beings of light do not interact at all with the Higgs Field, so they go undetected in our matrix. The fact that the disciples could see Jesus and touch the wounds on His body was evidence that Jesus was not solely a spirit being.

When we talk about the essence of God, or what God is made of, we can only go by what the Bible tells us. Some theologians believe God is immaterial and not to be thought of as localized in a substance. To them, spirit is immaterial, ethereal, and completely different from the matter we are familiar with in our physical universe. Others go as far to say that God is a supreme consciousness, which has no essence or physical reality.

Theologians have their ideas and Jesus had His idea. It was Jesus, in fact, who told us that God is pure spirit. The Apostle John recorded the words of Jesus: “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24). If anyone knows the essence or substance of God it is Jesus who shared the essence and glory of God before the world began (John 17:5). We should take Jesus at His word and not try to over-complicate this. Jesus did not go into greater detail about what spirit is, but this does not mean we need to insert our own human ideas into the definition.

God is Light

 The same author (the Apostle John) who recorded the words “God is spirit” also wrote in another letter “God is light” (1 John 1:5). Surely the same author would be aware of any distinction between these concepts if there was such a distinction. To say that God is spirit is the same thing as saying God is light. However, God is not light in the sense that He is made of photons, and John wasn’t really talking about light as a scientific property. He was speaking metaphorically about God’s truth and righteousness. I don’t think it’s biblically accurate to say that John’s phrase “God is light” could also mean “God is photons” or some kind of electromagnetic field. There is a vast difference between the supernatural light of God’s glory and electromagnetism.

The term the Bible uses to define the manifested light of God is glory, and it is the glory of God that manifests as intense, bright light. I will explain later how this actually happens scientifically.

 Sinful Humanity Can’t Live in the Glory

Now we are getting a clearer picture as to why humans and God can’t coexist. In our sinful, dead state, the glory of God, which the Bible describes as “unapproachable light” (1 Tim. 6:16), would destroy us if we came too close. Consequently, God distances Himself from us to protect us. It must be difficult for a loving Father to have to keep a safe distance from the children He loves, so it is easy to see why God had a plan to get us back. His love for us was too great to allow the separation to continue for all eternity. God found a way to get us “cleaned up” enough to be able to exist in His glorious presence, but it took the blood of Jesus to do it.

Now, because of the price Jesus paid by giving His own life in our place, we can be forgiven and made righteous in God’s sight. We can now receive a new spirit that is fully alive with the life of God (John 3). This new spirit is one with the Holy Spirit and is the down payment on our inheritance (Eph. 1:14) and the only possible way we can ever hope to live in the presence of God for all eternity.

If God had not made it possible for a human to receive a new spirit, all of humanity would be forever lost because no frail human spirit can exist in the intensity of God’s glory. Without us becoming a new creation, God could not dwell in our beings because His glory would destroy us. A dead, sinful human creature cannot come in contact with the light energy of God’s glory or they will meet the same fate as the poor Levite who reached out to steady the Ark of the Covenant only to be “electrocuted” (1 Chron. 13:9-10).

Now that we have laid the groundwork for the rest of the series, we will now explore scientific concepts to explain the glory phenomenon. If science is not your “thing,” don’t worry. I have made this as easy to understand as I possibly can, so hopefully you won’t have to labor too much at this. Nevertheless, these scientific concepts are crucial to understanding the glory of God and the manifested reality it creates, so don’t skip the next article or you will miss important pieces of the puzzle.

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