Monday, February 17, 2014

The Glory


The Glory of God is a doctrine I have looked at before, and it is one that we do well to keep before our hearts often.

In this study, I want to narrow our scope of the Glory of God down to this aspect found in Ephesians 1:18 which says that we are the glorious inheritance of God.

In verse 17, Paul calls God the Father of Glory. These two verses are part of what Paul says fills his prayers, when he prays for the Christians at Ephesus.  The Glory of God is a spiritual thing, although it was associated in the Old Testament with a cloud, it states that the Glory filled the Tent of meeting/Tabernacle.

"Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle." Exodus 40:34-35

The point I want to make here is that the Glory of God is a Holy Thing. The Word states when the leaders in the Church despise God by not correcting error and allow sinful actions to continue in the church, the Glory leaves. 1 Samuel 2

The Glory leaves the Temple because of the sins of the people in Ezekiel 10.

The tent of meeting, The Tabernacle, and the Temple are no more. The high privilege of housing the Holy Spirit of God has been given to creatures The Almighty God has made from dirt.

"Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature." Genesis 2:7

The farest thing from our mind, is that we are made from dirt. We can do so many marvelous things, we are higher than dirt. We should ponder, How many of those things does God count as the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, how much of the activities that we made be involved in would God's Word count as evil? Also, the fact of the matter is, when, what God breathed into us leaves us, we fall down dead and in time we return to dirt.

The wonderful opportunity we have is, that we can seek eternal life in Jesus Christ and get a new heart. That is the inheritance of those that God saves.

We were created for God's Glory, when God saves a human being, God receives Glory, when a Christian sins, and the Holy Spirit convicts the Christian and the Christian comes to the end of themselves, and pleads for forgiveness, God gets Glory. When the Christian is given a glimpse of the face of Glory in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and denies self, and pursue Jesus Christ with their whole heart, God gets Glory.  When the Christian starts to lose fear of evil men, and stand ready to speak the Truth of the Gospel, God gets Glory. When the Glory of God is counted as the reason for our being, God gets Glory.

The wonder of it all is that God promises to change us.

"And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit".
2 Corinthians 2:18

This is a promise that we need to remind God of constantly, Father you promised to transform me into the same image as your glory, God will do it, as we trust Him, He is not a man that He should lie.

To help with that promise another Scripture we need to constantly remind God of is:

"For sin will have no dominion over you... Romans 6:14

God saved us for His Glory, He saved us for His Holiness, He saved us through Jesus Christ and He has placed us on that narrow road that is a road of pursuit, we are to pursue His Glory, His Holiness, His Son, Jesus Christ. We are to count everything that comes our way, pain, grief, anguish, sorrow included, as things that do hurt us, make us sad, but there is a greater Glory that waits for us, there is a greater Glory in the midst of our suffering, that only the Lord Jesus can bring to us.

The things of God can not be worked up by us, we have no power in spiritual things, repentance, salvation, sanctification and final glorification are all supernatural works of God's grace in the lives of His people, who were created for His Glory.

Turn to Him,  trust Him, ask for the grace to trust Him, He is willing to do it, it gives Him Glory, Look to Jesus Christ and give Him the Glory that He and He alone is worthy of.

To God be the Glory!!!


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