1 Cor.2:8 – None of the rulers of this present world order understood it, for if they had, they never would have crucified the Lord of shining glory.
Have you ever noticed the title Paul gives to the Lord Jesus in this passage? I had never really caught it until I was digging into Corinthians recently preparing for my class. Paul refers to Jesus as the Lord of glory. This is another example of Paul acknowledging the absolute deity of Christ. Paul saw the shining glory of the Lord that day on the Damascus Road. He had been smitten by the radiance of the glory shining out from the Lord. Paul was speaking from experience, He is the Lord of glory. Here is a comment from the Passion Notes on this verse.
“Or a genitive of quality, “the Lord, to whom glory belongs.” This is the only place in the New Testament with the term “Lord of shining glory.” The church father Augustine translated this “the Lord who dispenses glory”.
I love what Augustine said, “He is the Lord Who dispenses glory”. Jesus is the Lord of shining glory. Everywhere He goes is filled with light. He is the light of the world and literally the light of the whole world. Adam Clarke said this about today’s verse.
“Or the glorious Lord, infinitely transcending all the rulers of the universe; whose is eternal glory; who gave that glorious Gospel in which his followers may glory, as it affords them such cause of triumph as the heathens had not, who gloried in their philosophers.”
Think about what Paul is teaching in this letter. He is saying that the gospel has nothing to do with human reason. The gospel is a hidden mystery only revealed by revelation. Revelation flows out from Christ, the light of the world. Jesus is the radiance or outshining of the glory of the Father. This radiance is the very life and power of God. In His light we see light. There is not only revelation but healing power in this light. Remember this last chapter of the Old Testament, “But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall”.
Draw near to the Lord of shining glory. In His light you will see light; in His light you will be made perfectly whole.