The Glory of GodPosted: July 30, 2009
Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Romans 11:32-26 For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all. 33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
The believer can boast in the gospel through the knowledge that God, though perfect, allows sinful humanity to come to Him and bring Him praise, honor, and glory.
Of all the areas of the gospel, this is one that stands out from the rest with respect to why man was made. Man was made to know God in all of His glory. In addition, man is to make this known to others throughout the nations. He does this by boasting in the wonderful glory of God, when he stands in awe of God in all of His character, His will, His plan, and His work, and says, “That’s my God! That is Him!” Man must direct all his praise, all his honor, and all his thanksgiving to that end – giving God the glory. That is when the believer will – and can – find enjoyment in life. The believer is to find all of his joy in the glory of God. God’s beauty in who He is should stand alone among all the other beauties which He has, and which He freely allows man to partake in. The glory of God is the greatest attribute that the believer can boast in; for the glory of God is not just an area of the gospel, but is the gospel through and through. The glory of God is what gives the gospel its good news. The greatest concept to the heart for the believer is that God allows sinners to come and give glory to Him – the all-glorious God. The fact that God is all-beautiful, more splendid, and greater than everything else, calls the believer to boast, lift high, magnify, and give all gratification to God. Primarily for Him and His glory, and also in gratitude for allowing sinners to partake in proclaiming His glory.
First, the believer should be stunned to even think that he can boast and lift high the name of God. Man must remember Romans 3:23 in the back of his mind every day: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” This is where man came from, but God has redeemed and allowed man to boast in His glory. When the believer attends a church service, a prayer service, opens the Word of God, or spends time alone in prayer with God, he is bringing praise and glorification to God. This is why man was bought from his state of sin to God – to make God known! To boast in God’s glory! The believer’s life should show the value of God’s glory in his life. Can others see how valuable the gospel is in your life? Do they see that the glory of God is your number one desire? If not, then you are not boasting fully in the glory of God. The glory of God is the most satisfying thing to the soul. All humans need to enter into knowing, and then boasting in the Glory of the Lord. When man comes to know this, only then is he cleansed from his sin and filth in which he had lived in and been devoured by. And this is why we, as believers, can enjoy this glory and enjoy this boasting. We can boast and bring Him the praise that we have from loving the gospel so greatly that it glorifies Him greater than all praises among this earth.
Secondly, think and dwell upon the fact that your soul was bound to hell and the all- glorious God called you by His sovereign voice to bring Him better glory than you brought before, in your state of deadness. How amazing it is that an all-holy, righteous, perpetually perfect being such as God, would not only allow sinners to give Him glory, but provide a way in doing so! God uses saints of the church, who were once sinners dead in their trespasses, to worship Him. O, how believers can boast in this area of this gospel – that they can bring God praise, they can sing to Him, they can preach about Him, they can teach others about Him, they can do all things to His glory and unto Him. This is one of the greatest areas of the gospel – that mankind gets to bring God praise! To know that man can boast in the gospel by glorifying God will not only make the most out of glorifying God, but soothe the soul of the believer more than anything else. It is like someone who is pouring a cup of coffee: the believer is trying and trying to fill the Lord’s will by glorifying Him and is filling the cup of making God known; the overflowing which the cup cannot hold is the contentment which the believer gets in doing this. The gospel, accordingly, is boasted above all things, and is made known the most throughout the believer’s actions and words.