The road to Glory leads us to what some have called “The Summit” or “Third Level Apostles and Intercessors.” Jesus preached this mountain top “summit life” in His “sermon on the mount” (Matthew 5-7). He preached holiness and a faithful perfection that exceeded the religious Pharisees, as well as a liberated spontaneous life whereby we “take no thought for tomorrow”. He taught us that we could be as carefree as a lily, “consider the lily, how it toils not neither does it spin”. He challenged us to love our enemies and seek first only one thing, and that is His Kingdom of righteousness. As we do that, we will naturally experience a “totally supplied life.” Jesus taught that this spontaneous abundant life was available to all who: “ask, and it would be given; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you (Matt.11:9).
This life is as real and living as what Jesus experienced with His Father. It is a union oneness that is not just theory, it is REAL and living and available to all who want to enter into a union relationship with Christ. Life is not just an experience, or a thing we know, it is Him, a person, it is Jesus Himself.
Knowing our oneness with Christ is knowing the “power of His resurrection” (Phil. 3:12), which then leads us right on to knowing the “fellowship of His suffering” as well as then learning what it means to be “made conformed unto His death.” Basically, knowing these truths is understanding what the Apostle Peter meant when he called us “Royal Priests.”
Now here is the hidden privilege and cost to the “glory road.” It is what Paul tells us in II Corinthians 6:4-10; Colossians 1:24; and Romans 8:36-39. He says that when we suffer with Christ we will also reign with Him, and if we suffer with Him we will be glorified together. And it is for Christ sake we “fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ,” as well as harvest the spoils as “more than conquerors.” Paul lists the cost in II Corinthians 6:4-10. As ministers and “Royal Priests” we have endurance and patience; afflictions; need; distresses; we labor in faith without seeing fruit; we watch and wait; and even fast. Although, we have Christ’s pureness, His Spiritual knowledge, His longsuffering, His kindness, and by all means the Holy Ghost in heartfelt love. The Holy Spirit speaks by us in the word of truth, by the power of God; by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left. We experience honor and dishonor; evil report and good report; as deceivers and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; and “as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.”
Now we are on the “road to glory.” What? You say! Yes, we understand God’s ways of fruit bearing. Glory comes out of suffering, even God “commanded the light to shine out of darkness” (II Corinthians 4:6). After Solomon’s temple had been built, the Shekinah Glory came to rest over the Mercy Seat in the Holy of Holies, and the presence of His Glory appeared to them out of thick darkness (Ex.20:21; IChr.6:1).
Think about it: light comes out of darkness; victory comes out of defeat; joy comes out of pain; strength comes out of weakness; living water flows out of hard rock’s; and a flat plain levels a mountain of troubles. Suffering and glory are the opposite ends of the same thing. The afflictions, the problems, the satanic attacks, all the pain of this present life works in us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of”: What? GLORY (IICor.4:17)! “The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). Great glory comes out of great affliction, but the miracle is that afflictions are transformed into a “light affliction” when you suffer with Jesus. We are “sons of God, if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.” If we suffer with Him, we shall be glorified together with Him.
My Mama said it best as she lay dying of cancer, “Sylvia, this is not happening to me, it is happening to Jesus.” Yes, her body was dying, but her spirit joined to Jesus was rejoicing, and her testimony to us, her family, was “don’t cry for me, I am not going to give the devil one ounce of glory, for I am going to praise God and give Him the glory for it all.” The fruit of my mother’s intercession has manifested into the Life of Christ being formed in her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, from generation to generation.
This is what we are as the “Stewards of the Mysteries of God,” who rejoice in the hope of the Glory of God” (IICor.4:1 & Rom.5:2b). What glory are we hoping for? Adam lost his divine mind and corrupted his Wisdom in the Garden which separated him from his glory. “Every seed after its own kind,” therefore, “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). Ezekiel saw the Shekinah glory leave Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem when God’s people perverted Solomon”s temple (Ezek. 10:18) as well as foresaw the return of the glory (Ezek. 44:4) in the New Jerusalem, who is free and the mother of us all (Gal.4:26). Christ Jesus, our intercessor, came to be the restorer of the breach and reunify man to his lost divine mind and glory through His substitutionary death, burial, resurrection and ascension (I Cor. 2:7-8). “We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery even the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the world unto our glory. Which none of the princes of this world knew; for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (I Cor. 2:7-8).
Jesus refused to know the 5 foolish virgin, but He did know the wise virgins with their lamps oiled and lighted (Matt. 25:1-12). And Daniel said that the wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament” (12:3). So then, “be wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove”.