What does the word “glory” mean?

Posted on November 21, 2007 at 6:00 am

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Dear Gramps,

What does it mean to have the glory? i.e. Lucifer wanted the glory and Christ wanted the glory to go to the Father.

Grant and Rachel, from Stansbury Park, Utah

Dear Grant and Rachel,

From Matthew 6:13—

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

The Greek word for glory in this worshipful phrase is doxa, meaning brightness or splendor, and refers to the kingly majesty which belongs to God as supreme ruler.The word has a number of shades of meaning in modern English. In Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language the word is defined as brightness, luster or splendor. Noah Webster cites the word glory in the phrase For he received from God the Father honour and glory, (2 Pet. 1:17), as referring to the visible splendor or bright cloud that overshadowed Christ at his transfiguration.. He gives the word the connotation of splendor or magnificence in the phrase Solomon, in all his glory, was not arrayed as one of these Matt. 6:29.He cites the phrase Glory to God in the highest (Luke 2:14) to refer to glory as meaning praise ascribed in adoration. There are half a dozen other scriptural references used by Webster to describe shades of meaning of the word glory.It is interesting to note that the societal trend away from the use of the scriptures as a defining source for such terms that are full of religious sentiment and significance is manifested in the definitions of glory given in the dictionaries of today. In Meriam Webster’s Tenth Collegiate Edition only one of 10 definitions has anything to do with Deity–definition 1b given as worshipful praise, honor and thanksgiving (giving glory to God).So referring to your question, I would suggest that Satan wanted the brightness, splendor and majesty that was rightly ascribed to the Lord, Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of the world.

Gramps

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The Greek word for glory in this worshipful phrase is doxa, meaning brightness or splendor, and refers to the kingly majesty which belongs to God as supreme ruler.The word has a number of shades of meaning in modern English.

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