The Glory of God
Tim Temple

Introduction

Today we want to think about the glory of God. We have been thinking about other aspects of what God has revealed to us about Himself, but today we want to think about His glory. I believe that the most glorious sight that I have ever seen is something that I have not seen in person. I have only seen it on television, but the most glorious sight that I have ever seen, I have decided as I have reflected on this during the past week, is the inauguration day of the president of the United States. Every four years we have the opportunity to see the most powerful nation in the world change leadership in a peaceful manner. It is a glorious sight to see all of those dignitaries gathered there on the steps of the Congress and to see the visiting dignitaries from all over the world mingle with the common people of the United States, to see the bands and the flags and the cermony and the procession and the parade after the inauguration; all of those things are glorious to behold in that fabulously beautiful setting of our nation's capitol. But the reason that that is such a glorious sight, above and beyond everything else that is so glorious, is the underlying truth of what is happening there—the most powerful nation in the world changing leadership without a shot being fired.

Through all of my adult life I have managed to spend that day watching those ceremonies on television, because it is such a wonderful and glorious thing. We sometimes do not like the president that has been elected. Sometimes the person that we voted for does not win the election, but even with that it is a wonderful and glorious thing.

If you agree with me about that, or if you can think of some other glorious sight that you have seen, think what a tremendously more glorious sight the vision of God must be. If we could come to understand something about the glory of God, it would transcend anything that we can mention as being a glorious thing. Psalm 19, verses 1-6, say:

Psalms 19

1The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
2Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
3There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
4Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
5Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
6His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

Here is a description of the means by which God has chosen to display His glory to every human being.

An External Demonstration of Internal Quality

We want to think first about the definition of glory. What do we mean when we talk about the glory of God, or any other kind of glory? Webster's dictionary defines glory as “exalted praise, honor or distinction accorded by common consent,” “ adoring praise or thanksgiving.” As we look at the various Scriptures at which we are going to look, however, I think we will come to realize that a more basic definition of glory is “the external demonstration of internal quality.” The glory of God is glorious because of who God is. The glory of God is what it is because of who He is.

We could think of this from a human standpoint. I'm not going to name a special winning sports team today, because I would be sure to leave yours out, but you can think of a championship team, and you realize that the glory they have as a winning athletic team is not just because of their beautiful jerseys. It is not because of their beautiful stadium or all of the other things that might surround them; the glory of that winning sports team, or any individual winning athlete, is that internal quality that has brought them to that place. It is that hard, physical work that they have invested. It is careful planning and skillful plays that they have worked out. It is the learning of those plays. It is the interaction of the athletes as they work together for that goal. Glory is only an outward manifestation of what's true inwardly. Even though people may try to look glorious, unless there is that inner working behind it, it is not true glory, because glory is an external demonstration of internal quality.

Illustrations of Glory

Let me give you a Biblical example of that. In I Corinthians, chapter 11, verse 15, the Scripture says, “A woman's hair is her glory.” That is an interesting verse that many of you may not have even known was in the Bible, but God says that a woman's hair is given unto her for her glory. I Peter, chapter 3, verse 3, says, “The true beauty of a woman is not in the arranging of that hair or in her outer adorning, but on the inner person of the heart.” So a truly beautiful woman is not just a woman who has her hair beautifully arranged, even though God says that her hair is her glory. A truly beautiful woman has a right relationship with God; she has spent the kind of diligence on her inner person and in her relationship with God that women traditionally spend in the arranging of their outer person. The Scripture doesn't say that women should neglect the outer appearance. God also says that the glory of the man is the woman, so men like to have their women look good. The Scripture says that women should be the glory of the man. The Scripture is not saying that women shouldn't pay attention to the way they look, but what it is saying is that true beauty is that inner beauty that comes from a right relationship with God and a right relationship with her husband and with those around her, even though her hair is her glory.

There are other illustrations that we could give of that, but the bottom line that we need to understand is that many men and women try to achieve glory by looking glorious, but glory is not there if there is nothing internal to back it up. There is such a tremendous emphasis on the outward appearance in our society today, and many times someone will look glorious to us. They will look appealing, and they will look important, but as we get to know them, we realize there is nothing inside to back it up. True glory comes from within, and that is certainly true of the glory of God.

Glory Expressed In Terms of Light

Scripture often expresses the glory of God in terms of light. We talked a few weeks ago about anthropomorphism, and we pointed out that even though God does not have human characteristics—God does not technically have hands and feet and eyes—He often speaks to us of Himself in the Scripture using those human characteristics. We theologians have developed the term anthropomorphism to describe those Scriptures where God speaks of Himself in those human terms, where God uses human characteristics to describe Himself. God has to do that because our minds are not capable of fully understanding God as He really is.

Even though technically it is not an anthropomorphism, the figure of light helps us to understand something about the glory of God. Often God speaks of Himself in terms of light. There are several references where God refers to Himself in terms of light. I Timothy, chapter 6, verses 15-16, are talking about His return to earth:

I Timothy 6

15Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
16Who only hath immortality, [now notice this] dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

God is so glorious that if we were to think of Him in terms of light, He would be unapproachable. We could not even come into His presence if He didn't allow that. I John, chapter 1, verse 5, says:

I John 1

5This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

In Ezekiel, chapter 1, verse 28, Ezekiel saw a vision of God, and he said that it was like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day. Isn't that a beautiful description? Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day. There has to be sunshine there in the midst of the clouds to be able to see the rainbow; so was the appearance of the brightness all around the throne of God. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.

Ezekiel 1

28As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

In Luke, chapter 2, verse 9, it says:

Luke 2

9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

That beautiful light was a demonstration of the glory of God.

At the end of the Bible in Revelation, chapter 21, verses 22-23, He is talking about Heaven as it will be when we are there and all of God's program has been completed, it says:

Revelation 21

22And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
23And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

So the glory of God is always associated with light, and if you can think of beauty that is created by great light, you can understand something about the glory of God.

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

Those are some things that have to do with the definition of glory, but now let's talk about the demonstrations that God has given to us of His glory. God has demonstrated His glory to human beings, and He speaks of that very clearly in the portion of Scripture in Psalm 19, verses 1-6. It says there that “the heavens declare the glory of God.” What He is speaking of there as He goes on through that passage is that when we look at the heavens, we can understand something about the glory of God. Scientists tell us that with the naked eye we can see some three thousand stars in the sky above us on a cloudless night. I don't know who took the time to count those, but that is what they tell us. Think about a God so glorious, so powerful, that He could put that many lights in the sky. Telescopes, they tell us, can see two hundred billion stars in our galaxy alone, and scientists have discovered that there are probably at least a million other galaxies besides our own. Two hundred billion stars in our galaxy, then a million other galaxies. It is mind boggling to think about the glory of God displayed in the light of Heaven, but that is exactly what the Scripture says.

A few months ago we studied the book of Romans, and we studied in Romans, chapter 1, that from the creation of the earth God's invisible attributes are clearly seen. We saw in that passage that God himself says that there is no such thing as an atheist. Every human being is accountable to God, because every human being, just by looking at nature around us, can recognize that there is a Creator; and those who try to find some way to say that there is not a Creator, that these things happen by chance, are people, the Bible says, that are willfully holding down truth, deliberately holding down the truth that God has made available to them about His own glory.

His Glory Revealed In Creation

Think for just a minute about some aspects of creation that demonstrate the glory of God. Think about, for example, the human fingerprint. With billions of people on the earth, there are no two fingerprints the same. What kind of God could create that kind of diversity, that kind of intricacy?

An even greater example would probably be the snowflake. Billions and billions of snowflakes in any one snowstorm, and no two flakes are alike. A God of glory created that. Creation shows His glory, His handiwork.

Something that is even more impressive, I think, is something that has only been developed in recent years, and that is DNA fingerprinting and how with the intricacies of those most innermost parts of the human being, the elements that appear in the blood of a human being can have such unique characteristics that they can be traced to an individual. What a glorious God! What a powerful God that can create those kinds of things! When you think about those kinds of things, how ridiculous it is to think that any of that could have happened by chance. How ridiculous would it be if I were to take you to my new home and show you through the house and say, “You know, the most wonderful thing about this is that we just had the lumberyard haul all this material out here and set it on this lot and then we threw a stick of dynamite, and look what came out. Look at this!” Of course you would laugh at that, and it is ridiculous. It is no less ridiculous when we talk about the billions of stars and the intricacies of DNA fingerprinting than it is to think that this could have happened by chance. God demonstrates His glory in nature around us. God demonstrates His glory in His creation.

Specific Demonstrations In Scripture

There have been more specific places that God has demonstrated His glory through the years. Down through the years in human history God has demonstrated His glory in several specific places. First of all, in Exodus, chapter 40, God gave instructions about how to build the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle was a movable place of worship. It was the first chapel in a mobile home, you might say. They built it in such a way that it could be taken apart and carried wherever they went in their wilderness wanderings. We read in Exodus, chapter 40, that when the Tabernacle was completed and they had the dedication of the Tabernacle, the presence of God came down in a cloud of fire and a pillar of smoke; that cloud of fire which they had been following as they were led out of Egypt then became a part of the presence of the Tabernacle, and as they moved from place to place, they followed that cloud of fire and that pillar of smoke. God's presence was demonstrated in that fire and in that smoke.

Later on a more permanent place of worship was built in the Temple in Jerusalem. In I Kings, chapter 8, verses 10-11, we read about the dedication of the Temple. The Temple was a more permanent type of Tabernacle. It had the same basic design as the Tabernacle, but was much more luxurious, much more ornate, but still the place to worship God. In I Kings, chapter 8, verses 10-11, it tells us that when the Temple was dedicated, the Shekinah glory of God came down and dwelt in the midst of the Temple to such an extent that the priests for a time were not even able to perform their duties of sacrifice, because the glory of God was present there in the Temple. Then for a great number of years after that, until Israel disobeyed God to the point that He had to disperse them as a nation, the Shekinah glory, that cloud of glory, was in the Temple in Jerusalem.

Glory Present In the Person of Jesus

Several thousand years later, the glory of God reappeared on the earth in a physical, demonstrable way, and that was in the person of Jesus Christ. Listen to what John says as he writes about the Lord Jesus Christ in John, chapter 1, verse 1:

John 1

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Then down in verse 14:

John 1

14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us [notice this] (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Then farther down in the chapter in verse 18:

John 1

18No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

So the glory of God was visible and was present on earth in the person of Jesus Christ. In that part of His appearance it was veiled; it was hidden. They knew that He was God, but they didn't see Him in that glorious way. They saw something of the glory of God as He did the various miracles; but in Matthew, chapter 17, and recorded also in Luke, chapter 9, Jesus went up on the mountaintop with three of His closest disciples. There He revealed Himself in that glorious fashion; they saw Jesus transfigured before them. And it says there in Matthew, chapter 17, and in Luke, chapter 9, that His countenance was glowing as they saw Him in His glorified body. The glory of God had always been there, but there on the Mount of Transfiguration, God revealed it to them in a much more visible way. It was a wonderful experience for those disciples, but the point is that the glory of God was physically present in the Tabernacle in the Old Testament. The glory of God was physically present in the Temple in Jerusalem years later, and then two thousand years later was visible, was present in the person of Jesus Christ.

God's Glory In Believers

Let me tell you something that may surprise you if you don't know it already, and that is that the glory of God is present in a specific location on the earth today. Did you know that? In Ephesians, chapter 3, verses 20-21, we read this:

Ephesians 3

20Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21Unto him be [notice] glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Do you know where the glory of God resides on the earth today? It resides in you, and it resides in me. The Church is made up, of course, of individual Christians, and this is one of several passages of Scripture that tells us that God has chosen to display His glory in your life and in mine. If you are listening to me and thinking about what you are hearing, that is a mind-boggling thing. God has chosen you and God has chosen me to have that place of honor, that place of specialness that the Temple in Jerusalem had. People came from all over the world to see the Temple of God and Jerusalem—not just because it was an architectural marvel, but because people knew, even sensed somehow, that that was a glorious place. Many of them knew that it was the place of God's dwelling on earth, the place of His presence on earth. You and I have no less important part of God's plan. Believe it or not, you and I are the place of God's dwelling place on earth.

I don't know what that does to you, but to me that is an extremely sobering thought. Think about the places that we drag the glory of God into and out of. Think about the situations we allow the glory of God to witness in our relationships with other people, even people we love. You and I are the place of the residence of God's glory on earth right now. We will talk more about how we should respond to that, but I think it is extremely important to understand that the dwelling place of the glory of God on earth is not just in the stars in the heavens, not just in the intricacies of His creation and all of those things we talked about . The glory of God is demonstrated in your life and in mine. At least that is what God intends. God wants our life to be such that as others look at us, they can see His glory. How are you doing with that responsibility?

Declarations of God's Glory

We have talked about the definition of the glory of God and the way that He has demonstrated that glory, but the third thing we want to think about is something about the declarations of God's glory. God has demonstrated His glory in the earth, and then there are many places where He has told us that we should declare His glory. He has demonstrated it, but He tells us that we should declare it.

I want us to think first, for a moment, about the reasons for the declaration of God's glory. Why should we do that? Why should we declare God's glory? The first reason we should declare God's glory is that it is simply a proper response to God's revelation of His glory. Psalm 9:1 says:

Psalms 9

1I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.

You see, as we come to understand something about the glory of God, the only response that God expects from us, the proper response that God expects from us is for us to tell others about it. One of the ways that we tell about that is singing hymns of praise and choruses of praise. Other ways are to speak of Him specifically, vocally to other people. But listen, we can also tell of His wondrous works by allowing God to work in our lives in such a way that other people can see that.

Is your life any different around those with whom you live day to day, those with whom you have contact from day to day? Is your life any different now than it was six months ago or a year ago? Do any of those people see anything happening in your life? This doesn't mean that we should go out and try to change everything up and make it look like things are happening, but what it does suggest is that if we are not spending time in God's presence, if we're not spending time learning more about Him, which He has given us ample opportunity to do in His Word, if we're not allowing God to make changes in us, then we are defeating one of the responses to God's glory that we ought to have. We ought to be like the Psalmist, saying, “I will praise you, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all your marvelous works.” And as I say, there are various ways to tell about that.

A second reason for the declaration of God's glory is that it actually adds to His glory. When we tell about His glory, it actually adds to His glory. Psalm 22, verse 3, says this:

Psalms 22

3But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest [enthroned in] the praises of Israel.

You see, as we praise God it exhalts Him; it lets others see Him enthroned, and the more people that see Him enthroned in His glory, the more glory there is. So there is a certain sense in which it actually adds to His glory for us to declare His glory. For us to talk about His marvelous works, for us to tell others about the light of the glory of God in Jesus Christ actually adds to His glory.

The Basis for Blessing

And then there is a third reason we should declare God's glory, and that is that man's relationship to God's glory is the basis for either blessing or cursing. Turn to II Corinthians, chapter 4. I want us to look at several verses here, because it is extremely important to understand that our relationship to God's glory is a basis for God's blessing us or cursing us. Look at II Corinthians, chapter 4, verses 3 and 4:

II Corinthians 4

3But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4In whom the god of this world [Satan] hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Those verses are saying that those who do not see the light of the glory of Christ are not going to be hearing the Gospel, and Satan is trying every way that he can to keep people from seeing the light of the glory that is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And if they don't see the light of the glory of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they are going to face eternal separation from God—eternal damnation, the Scripture says. As they hear the Gospel of the glory of Christ, it becomes, instead, a basis for blessing. Look at verse 6:

II Corinthians 4

6For 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.
7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

You see, when we understand the knowledge of Jesus Christ, when we understand who Jesus Christ is and what He has done for us, that is the basis for God's blessing; that is the only basis for God's blessing. God refers to that as the knowledge of the glory of God. Do you have the knowledge of the glory of God? Have you trusted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? Are you among those whom Satan has kept from seeing the light of the glory of God and the knowledge of Jesus Christ? It is a simple matter of believing the truth that God has demonstrated about Himself, that Christ died in your place. That's the glory of God and the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Christ died to pay for your sins, and if you will accept that truth your sins are paid for, you become a part of the family of God, you have eternal life promised in the presence of God.

Results of Declaring God's Glory

We have talked about the reasons for declaring the glory of God, now let me mention some of the results of the declaration of God's glory. First, if you are living life in the light of the glory of God, if you're living your life to let God show His glory through you, you don't have to worry about trying to do God's will. Did you know that? If your focus is on glorifying God, God's will will fall into place step by step. If your goal is to glorify God in whatever you do, God will lead you in such a way that as you glorify Him, you'll be doing what He wants you to do step by step. So what better reason could there be for declaring the glory of God? What greater result could there be?

Look at II Corinthians, chapter 3, verse 18. Here we find the second result of glorifying God. Paul says:

II Corinthians 3

18But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the LORD.

In other words, as we study the Word of God we see the glory of God. We see the gloriousness of Jesus Christ, the gloriousness of His wisdom, the gloriousness of His plan. As we spend time in His presence it says that we are changed into the same image, “from glory to glory.” In other words, God transforms those who glorify Him. God transforms us and allows us to become a visible demonstration of His glory as we glorify Him.

Ways We Can Glorify God

We have talked about the reasons for the declaration of God's glory and the results, but it may be that someone is saying, “Okay, I see the reasons for glorifying God. I certainly want those results in my life, but how can I do that?” As we conclude, I want to share with you ten things that God says we can do to glorify Him. You understand the results of glorifying God—as we glorify God, we add to His glory, we demonstrate His glory to others, we are made more like Him, we are transformed into His glory. But how can we do that? These aren't the only ways, but here are at least ten things that God says glorify Him.

First, we glorify God when we bear fruit. John, chapter 15, verse 8, says:

John 15

8Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit…

Of course, bearing fruit means bringing other people to Christ. That is the first thing most of us think about when we think about bearing fruit. It means bringing other people to Christ, but it also means being obedient to Him in the way that we live on a day to day basis, letting the fruit of the Spirit—joy, love, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, meekness, faith, temperance, all of those things—be produced in our lives. If we allow God to produce those things in our lives, that glorifies Him. You want to glorify God? Here is the first way: Bring forth fruit, or more technically, we should allow Him to bring forth fruit in our lives by being obedient to Him.

Matthew, chapter 5, verse 16, says:

Matthew 5

16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

If you want to glorify God, the second way to do it is to live a good testimony in front of others. Live in such a way that people will see God in you. Let your good works be seen so that people will glorify who? Not you, but God. If they are the right kind of works, you won't be getting the praise for them; God will be getting the praise.

The third way to glorify God is in I Corinthians 6, verses 18-20. Those verses say:

I Corinthians 6

18Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
19What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

A life of sexual purity, a life of the right kind of sexual relationship within marriage, treating our husband or our wife in the right way physically, sexually, glorifies God. Can you imagine that? One of the most basic elements of human relationships can be done in such a way that it glorifies God.

The fourth way to glorify God is in Joshua, chapter 7, which tells about how a person in Israel committed a great sin and was found in that sin. In verse 19 of Joshua, chapter 7, Joshua said this:

Joshua 7

19And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me.

God is glorified when we confess our sins. Isn't that a wonderful thing, that God is even able to take that sin that we commit and use our attitude toward that sin to glorify Himself? Confessing our sins glorifies God.

God Glorified By Our Obedience

The fifth way we can glorify God is in Romans, chapter 4, which tells a story of Abraham and how he pleased God. Down in verse 19, we read:

Romans 4

19And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb;
20He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

We bring glory to God when we keep on obeying Him even when we don't see how it could possibly work. The Bible refers to that as walking by faith and not by sight. When we claim some promise of God, or when we follow some instruction of God, and we keep on doing it even if we think it is impossible, that glorifies God. You want to glorify God? Believe Him even in the dark. Abraham brought glory to God as he walked by faith, not by sight.

II Thessalonians, chapter 3, verse 1, says that we glorify God by sharing His Word with other people. Notice verse 1:

II Thessalonians 3

1Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:

Paul was sharing God's Word. He said, “Pray that God will continue to glorify Himself by my sharing of the Word of God.”

I Peter, chapter 4, verse 14, says:

I Peter 4

14If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

Suffering for righteousness' sake glorifies God. Some of you have missed promotions. Some of you have missed business deals. Some of you have been considered outcasts among the people at school because you have chosen to live a life that pleases God. That glorifies God. It may not seem like it among your peers, but God gets glory from that.

Doing God's will glorifies Him. Jesus was praying in John, chapter 17, verse 4, and He said:

John 17

4I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

Are you able to say that to God? Jesus prayed that prayer at the end of His work, but at any point in His life He could have prayed, “God I am doing what you gave Me to do.” That glorifies God. What God has given you to do may not be very exciting, it may not be very glamorous, it may not seem like it is as important as something He has given other people to do, but listen, it glorifies God if you are able to say from the heart on any given day, “I'm doing what you gave me to do. I'm being faithful where you have put me.” Jesus himself said that that glorified God.

Philippians 2, verses 10-11 say:

Philippians 2

10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

It glorifies God when we are willing to say to other people, “Jesus Christ is my Lord.” And especially if it is in a situation where we are saying to them, “I can't do what you are asking me to do,” or “I won't do what you are telling me to do, because Christ is my Lord, and what you are telling me to do violates what Christ tells me to do.” When we confess Jesus Christ as Lord, it brings glory to God.

Unity Among Christians

Finally, the last thing: These are not all of the things; these are just ten of the many, but the tenth thing on my list is that unity among Christians brings glory to God. Probably it is the toughest thing on the list. Romans, chapter 15, verses 5-6, says:

Romans 15

5Now the God of patience and consolation grant you [the Romans] to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
6That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

How much effort do you make to get along with other Christians? How much effort do you make to allow the grace of God to work in their lives? How much effort do we make to be unified in our testimony for Jesus Christ and our worship of Jesus Christ? When we work together as Christians, it glorifies God.

Conclusion

We have seen that God demonstrates His glory and that we should declare it. And the wonderful truth is that God even blesses us for glorifying Him. After that list of ten things, there is one that is sort of a summary of all the others, and with this we will be through. We find this in I Corinthians 10:31:

I Corinthians 10

31Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

I am always interested that that verse does not say, “Therefore when ye preach or pray or go to the mission field or go into the ministry, glorify God.” No, it says, “Whether you eat or drink.” In the simplest, most mundane affairs of life, as we seek to glorify God, He is honored. Therefore whatever you do, if it's only eating and drinking, do it for the glory of God. Do it to please God. Do it to praise God, and God will not only be glorified, but you will be blessed. Thank God for His glory as He has demonstrated it to us.


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