Here’s What I Believe: The Earth Will be Filled with the Knowledge of the Lord
For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
The earth being filled with the knowledge of the Lord goes far beyond simply intellectual comprehension, although that is important. Rather, what it means at its core and foundation is the knowledge of God will continue to grow till the end of this age, with God’s people, over time, learning how to apply it in the specific circumstances they face.
As a matter of fact, the knowledge of God is directly tied into responding to and doing the word of God as we learn it. As James 1:22 says, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
Knowledge of the Lord comes from not only hearing, but from doing. This is also how we keep the memory of God’s requirements before us. James 1:25 tells us this, “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
So when the Scriptures teach us that the knowledge of the glory of God will fill the earth, what it means in its fulness is there will be a people that embrace the commands of God and obey them, while fulfilling His purpose for us on planet earth.
God has always had His own glory. What the glory of God filling the earth refers to is Him being glorified by a people that reflect who He is, or are conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. In other words, His invisible glory is made visible in a people.
This is what it means to bear the image of God, as mentioned at the beginning of creation, when it declares we are made in the image of God.
The intent of God was for the human race, without sin, to be fruitful and multiply, filling the earth with His image and glory. That purpose has never changed, and He will not be frustrated in completing that purpose in His people. This includes having dominion over the earth, which was the command given to Adam and Eve.
His glory filling the earth in His people means taking on His character (not His divinity), obeying His commands, and as mentioned above, having dominion over the earth. This should be exciting to all of us who have faith in Jesus Christ.
Taking on His character is a reference to the fruits of the Spirit, love as listed in 1 Cor. 13, and other areas of the Scriptures that describe various aspects of what He is like. Having dominion requires that we learn how to apply what the Bible teaches to all aspects of life we engage in. This of course can only be achieved corporately, even though we all have some type of responsibility to develop our gifts and use them to the glory of God in Jesus Christ.
All of this will ultimately result in the image of God being visibly seen on the earth, giving glory to the Godhead. This is the destiny of the children of God in this age, and the age to come.