Saturday, October 17, 2009
PROCLAIMING THE GLORY OF GOD
Have you ever really thought about God's glory?
Based on biblical truth, could you define the glory of God?
Tragically, most people in modern religion have little concern for God's glory, and, therefore, have absolutely no understanding of it either. If you are ignorant of God's glory, I can assure you, based on God's Word, that YOU DO NOT AT THIS PRESENT TIME KNOW GOD SAVINGLY.
"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."
(2 Corinthians 4:6)
God the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul is telling us that this "glory of God" is revealed to the mind (understanding and will) of every elect sinner who was chosen in Christ in the everlasting covenant of grace, and were redeemed and justified by Christ at Calvary. This is a life or death issue, and therefore one every sinner should seriously ponder.
A majority of people consider the "glory of God" only in the things He has created in this life. They appeal to King David's words in Psalm 19:1.
"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork."
Many others consider the glory of God to be His sending His Son into this world to die for every sinner who ever lived, even those who ultimately end up in hell because of unbelief. They love to quote John 3:16, but they always take it out of its proper context.
God's glory simply defined is every attribute of His character (sovereignty, love, holiness, mercy, justice, wrath, etc.) working together in perfect harmony to glorify and honor Himself as both "a just God and a Saviour".
We see this displayed vividly in God's own words to Moses in Exodus 33:17-19 - "And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I KNOW THEE BY NAME. And he said, I beseech thee, SHEW ME THY GLORY. And He said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy."
In God's own words, salvation (GOD'S GLORY) isn't dependant on man in any way, at anytime, based on any condition, INCLUDING FAITH. Salvation (GOD'S GLORY) depends on ONE THING!
God showing mercy to and being gracious to WHOM HE WILL. And the only way He is enabled to be both JUST and GRACIOUS is based on the work of His elect's representative Man, the Lord Jesus Christ - Read 2 Corinthians 4:6 again.
All of God's elect are brought to a "knowledge (understanding) of the glory of God in the FACE OF JESUS CHRIST."
Paul put it like this:
"For all the promises of God in Him (Christ) are yea, and in Him Amen, UNTO THE GLORY OF GOD BY US."
(2 Corinthians 1:20)
Have you seen God's glory in the face of Jesus Christ?
Have you seen how God can be both "a just God and a Saviour"?
This is what we are commanded to proclaim and this is what truly glorifies God.
May God help us to boldly proclaim HIS glory!
By Richard Warmack