January 27: The Glory of God (part 2)

We can’t understand life without connecting it to glory. And we can’t understand glory without connecting it to God. All glory (weightiness, significance, beauty, meaning) flows from God. God does everything for his own glory.

God created for his own glory.

Psalm 19:1. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

God made mankind for his glory.

Isaiah 43:7. everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”

God saves us for his glory.

Ephesians 1:12. so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.

But remember, God didn’t create us and save us in order to get glory that he was lacking. He made us and saves us to share the glory that is overflowing from him. He made us to give him glory because that allows us, like him, to share glory in love.

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So remember, that God is a Trinity. This means that the three persons of the Godhead are constantly seeking to glorify the others. God is no egomaniac. Nor is he needy. But as a Trinitarian community, he is constantly seeking the glory of himself as an expression of the love within himself. So the Father glorifies the Son and Spirit. The Son glorifies the Father and Spirit. And the Spirit glorifies the Father and Son.

John 17:1. When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you.

(If you have time keep reading John 17; it’s all about the shared glory of the Trinity.)

Jesus came to earth to display the glory of the Trinity. He came to glorify the Father. The greatest display of God’s glory would be seen on the cross. And through the resurrection, he would share that glory with us.

John 17:22. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one.

Now we can image the glory of God as was intended since the Garden of Eden. Now we can live in and from glory, because “to live is Christ.”

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