THE COAT OF MANY COLORS - PART 1
What Does God Want?
In general, we Christians are a people who are lacking purpose. This statement may shock you but have you ever really thought about it? What is our purpose? Is it to love God and go to heaven? That's a purpose but is it God's purpose? You may have a purpose, but is it God's or your own? What is the "will of God"? Christians usually interpret this question individually. We are so concerned with the "will of God" for our lives. Actually, THERE IS NO WILL OF GOD FOR YOUR LIFE! Jesus said that we must lose our lives and live by His life (see Gal. 2:20). So the question should really be: What is the will of God for His life? What does God want? There are basically four things that God wants.
God wants Romance - so He has built a Bride to love Him romantically.
God wants to Dwell so He has built a House to live in.
God wants to express Himself so He has built a Body to communicate.
God wants to be Glorified so He has made a coat of many colors to display Himself.
It's the glorification of God in the coat of many colors that we will consider here. God wants to be glorified! But what does that mean? I don't know about you, but the "glory of God" has always been a mystery to me. That is, until I started discovering the coat of many colors! What does the Bible mean when it talks about glory?
Well, there's usually two meanings to everything you find in the scriptures. There's the primary meaning, and then there's the secondary meaning. The primary is the deeper meaning. In most cases in Christendom, we only know the secondary, more shallow meaning. This is true of the word "glory". The secondary meaning (which we are familiar with) means to give honor to God. By this meaning, to give glory to God means to give honor and credit to God. There are many scriptures which use this meaning for glory. There is, however, a much deeper meaning for the word "glory". This definition is not so easy to explain! It has to do with Light.
If you do a little research, you will find that many of the scriptures which mention the glory of God also mention light within the same passage. Some examples include Isaiah 60:1-5; II Peter 1:17,18; Matthew 17:12; Ezekiel 1:27,28 just to name a few. So the glory of God also has to do with light. Of course, we know that the apostle John said that, "God is light and in Him there is no darkness." Light is also the first thing that God created in the physical realm. We need to realize that everything He created is a "picture" of Himself. For example, bread is a picture of Christ. He is the real Bread! The loaf of wheat flour that you eat is only a shadow or picture of the real bread which is Christ. The tree you see outside is only a picture of Christ, the real tree or vine. This is true in all of God's creation. This is also true with light. We can learn a great deal about the "Greater" Light by looking at the "lesser" light. Let's take a look at physical light in order to learn about our Lord.
The Nature of Light
The scientists tell us that the source of light comes from energy and that this energy must be produced by another form of energy. The most common source of light is produced by heat. When an object is heated to a certain temperature it will begin to glow. The higher the temperature, the more intense the glow. In fact, the color of the light will change with the increased temperature. If you heat up a wood log, it will start with a yellow flame, but if you increase the temperature by blowing air into it, it will change to a blue flame and eventually it will become what we call "white" hot. White light is always the "hottest" or most intense color of light.
Energy within the Godhead
Inside of the living God, there is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Father loves the Son with great passion. The Son returns the Father's love to Him, also with great passion. This divine exchange of love is flowing back and forth continuously. You could say that through this continuous flow of love energy or "heat" is produced. Have you ever heard of the "heat of passion"? As this flow of divine passion increases more and more "heat" is produced which results in a great "white" light. This beautiful, intense light is the glory of God! This all happens in spirit, that is, in the other realm called the heavenly places. God wants this light to be displayed in all realms. There is much contained within this light. God wants His glory to be "broken down" so that all of the "ingredients" can be shown.
When we look into the properties of physical light we discover that white light is the fullness of all color. Contained within white light is all the colors of the spectrum. This is amazing! When you look at white light you are looking at over 100 different colors! You just can't see them. They are "hidden" within the white light. The only way that you can see these colors is with a special object called a prism, or crystal. The crystal is cut glass which will bend or refract the white light which displays the color spectrum. In other words, the white light must be shined through an object in order to see these beautiful colors. Would you believe that God is in all of this? It's even all in the scriptures folks!
"And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like a sapphire stone; and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with the appearance of a Man. From what had the appearance of His waist upward, I saw a luster as it were glowing metal, with the appearance of fire enclosed round about within it; and from the appearance of His waist downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and there was brightness (of a halo) round about Him. Like the appearance of the bow that is in the clouds on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of One speaking." Ezekiel 1:26-28