It forms a very sweet thought to the believer, that, amidst the general darkness and ignorance concerning the person of Jesus, in the days of His flesh, the glory of His Godhead was frequently manifested to His disciples, so that they knew Him, and believed on Him. And it is equally blessed, that now, amidst the darkness and ignorance of many who call themselves Christians, but who are unconscious of His power and Godhead and prove that they know Him not, the Lord has not left Himself without a witness of who He is to the minds of His faithful followers, but has manifested forth His glory, and all true disciples believe on Him.
Christian, if you were called on to give your testimony to Jesus, concerning all the grand points which prove the Godhead of His person, and the eternal merits and efficacy of His blood and righteousness; how would you show that He has manifested His glory to you, and that you believe on Him? I would answer, Jesus has fully manifested Himself to me, as “One with the Father, over all, God blessed forever,” and as such, having seen the Son, I believe in Him. Hence, therefore, as it is said, “They that know thy name, will put their trust in thee.” So “I know whom I have believed,” and by His blessed Spirit, “am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”
Now, if the Lord Jesus had not, by His Holy Spirit, taught me who He is, and what He was able to perform; and if he had not manifested His glory, I would never have known Him or believed on His name—I would be in darkness. But the revelation He has made of Himself, has induced all those saving effects, which none but the teachings of His Holy Spirit could impart. He has worked in me faith and love, humbleness and self-loathing, a regard for His cause, a zeal for His honour, a love to His people, an indifference to the world; and all those gracious fruits of faith which follow the knowledge of Jesus. Blessed Lord, Show Your glory, that I might have evidence of Your power and evidence of the life of God in my soul.