The Glory of God 21

Acts 17:22 So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. 23 “For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you.

Isaiah 66:1 Thus says the LORD, “Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest? 2 “For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being,” declares the LORD. “But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.

God created all things with the intent, purpose, and goal to glorify His name. This is to say that regardless of what happens God will be glorified because His perfect will cannot possibly be frustrated and it is not possible for what He has decreed should and would happen not to happen. The God who exists in and of Himself and all that ever came into being came into being through Christ has brought all those things into being in a way that manifests His glory to Himself, the angels, spiritual beings, and human beings. All creation is a display of the glory of God and exists at His mere pleasure. When the fall occurred, it was no accident and it was not out of His control. The fall, though a wicked act as indeed all sin is wicked, also had a purpose regarding the glory of God. The fall serves as the awful backdrop for the beauty and glory of the Gospel of God.

Romans 1:1 Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God

II Cor 4:4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 6 For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

We must make no mistake about it. The Gospel is not primarily about human beings, it is without question primarily about God Himself. The Gospel is the Gospel of God and it magnifies, manifests, and displays His glory in Christ Jesus. Yes, the Gospel is all about God, but it is also for God. While God created the entire universe to display His glory, the Gospel is the primary way that He shines forth His glory. Salvation is the free gift of God to weak and helpless sinners, yet in giving salvation to sinners the glory of the great Giver shines forth. In giving salvation to sinners, He gives sinners who have earned death eternal life. Yet apart from His self-existent life, how could He have eternal life to give? He must exist in and of Himself with no need to have life in Himself and as such share His life with sinners.

The Gospel of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ depends on He who is Life Himself giving or sharing life with those who have nothing to earn it and nothing in them to move Him to give it. As every human being (and all things as well) exists each moment at His mere pleasure and depends (knowingly or not) upon His self-existence in the physical realm, so the Gospel display the utter dependence sinners have on Him for eternal life. No man can serve God in giving Him something from the physical world, but neither can man do something for God in the spiritual realm either. We receive our all from Him, and that includes our life and breath.

Acts 17:24 “The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things.

The Gospel should show us our utter dependence upon God for all things, but instead in our day it seems as if the majority makes God depend upon us. We seem to think that God needs our evangelism and that God needs our preaching and our service. He does not. However, God graciously uses fallen sinners that He has redeemed to the glory of His name to be those whom He shines His glory through. The Gospel does not teach us that God is waiting on us to do something so that He can save us, but it teaches us that we are utterly dependent upon Him to save us because of who He is. He exists in and of Himself. Therefore, we are utterly dependent upon Him.

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