Our Lord Yeshua Messiah of Glory: Overview
1 My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality.
James 2:1 (NKJV)
In James 2:1 in the New King James Version, we see the phrase “of our Lord Jesus [Yeshua] Christ [Messiah], the Lord of glory”. It’s used to show the value of our faith and in Whom is our faith. It’s used to show how this type of faith is much higher and much nobler than partiality. It’s also a phrase meant to be built upon. That’s why I’m presenting this study. Through this study we can get to know Yeshua in a deeper way and have our hearts set even more ablaze for Him. Out of that blazing heart for Yeshua, the Book of James makes a whole lot more sense.
At first glance, this phrase might look like a quick reference to Psalm 24 showing us that Jesus is the King of Glory mentioned there. That’s helpful, but there’s a lot more to it as we will find out in this study. This phrase is actually translated several different ways. Following- are a few examples and then I’ll mention the literal rendering of that phrase. A possible reason for the differences in translation is the fact that the Greek language has a different word structure than English.
…of our Lord Jesus Christ [the Lord] of glory…
James 2:1 (Amplified Classic Edition- AMPC)
…of our Lord Yeshua, the glorious Messiah…
James 2:1 (Complete Jewish Bible- CJB)
…in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ…
James 2:1 (Holman Christian Standard Bible- HCSB)
…in our glorious Lord Jesus, the Messiah…
James 2:1 (International Standard Version- ISV)
…of our Lord Jesus Christ of glory…
James 2:1 (World English Bible- WEB)
…of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ…
James 2:1 (Young’s Literal Translation- YLT)
A literal rendering:
…of our Lord Yeshua Messiah of Glory…
We’ll go through the Scriptures to get a better understanding of what it means to say- “Our Lord Yeshua Messiah of Glory”. In this case, “glory” in both the Hebrew Scriptures and the Greek Scriptures has to do with God’s splendor and radiance. In the Hebrew Scriptures– the word used for “glory” can be traced to a word having to do with weight. In the Greek Scriptures, the word used for “glory” can be traced to a word that means to seem or to make an estimation/opinion of something.
A look at three passages of Scripture to better reflect on Our Lord Yeshua Messiah of Glory:
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ ”
16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
John 1:1-17 (NKJV)
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:5-11 (NKJV)
4 John, to the seven churches which are in Asia:
Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.
To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, 6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
9 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, 11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”
12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. 17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. 19 Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this. 20 The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.
Revelation 1:4-20 (NKJV)
An in depth look at God’s glory and how Yeshua relates to it:
Ezekiel 1, 3– Ezekiel used these times as frames of reference for God’s glory.