Glorifying God 2

1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.


“As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me” (John 15:4).

God does not seek His own glory because it makes Him happy, to be honored and highly thought of, but because He loves to see Himself, His own excellencies and glories appearing in His works. He loves to see Himself communicated and it was His intention to communicate Himself that was a prime motive of His creating the world. His own glory was the ultimate motive. He Himself was His end, that is, Himself communicated. The very phrase “the glory” seems naturally to signify this. Glory is a shining forth, an effulgence. So the glory of God is the shining forth or effulgence of His perfections, as effulgence is the communication of light. For this reason, that brightness whereby God was wont to manifest Himself in the wilderness, and in the tabernacle and temple, was called God’s glory. As the brightness of the sun, moon, and stars is called their glory, so the glory of God is the shining forth of His perfections. The world was created that they [His perfections] might shine forth, that is, that they [His perfections] might be communicated.         Jonathan Edwards

The theology and concept of glorifying God is immensely important, perhaps vastly more important than anyone really realizes. If indeed this is the chief end of man and therefore is the reason that God created the world and all things in it which includes man, when we are dealing with this subject we are dealing with the very reasons for the existence of anything and the meaning of why human beings were created. Also, this gets at the meaning of life and purpose in life since if this is true (glorifying God as the chief end of man) then all things relate to that in terms of meaning and purpose. This is not just an addendum of some sort that we attach to our works in order to make us think we are doing them with the right motive; this is an essential for a work to be good. This is also an essential for the life of prayer. If we do not pray with the glory of God as our primary goal and motive in prayer, then we are not praying with the proper goal and motive. Our prayers, then, are not acceptable.

It is impossible to deal with the truth of human beings and religion apart from dealing with the truth of God. In much the same way, then, it is impossible to think of dealing with true religion or man’s relation to God without dealing with why man does them. However, as important as it is to know how man is to live in relation to God, we cannot just stop with knowing about it or knowing how. We must actually do it. We can understand this in terms of analogy again. I can know how to get from Kansas to Japan, but I cannot actually get there without getting on a plane or a boat. People can know that sinners are justified by grace alone through faith alone and yet knowing about it is not the point. We must actually be justified by grace alone through faith alone if we are going to be saved. This is to say that we cannot just know that we are to live to the glory of God. We cannot just know in some way truths of how we are to glorify God. Rather, we must (absolutely must) actually live to the glory of God.

We are told in II Corinthians 4:4 that the devil “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.” It would appear from this text that he does not fight as much to keep the information of the Gospel away from people as he does to keep them from seeing the glory of Christ. We can also argue that since the devil uses religion, and that includes the externals of Christianity, to deceive people, he will do whatever he can in an effort to use religion to keep the glory of God hidden from sinners.

Imagine what would happen if he hid the glory of the Gospel from sinners and yet left the basic message of it. Imagine what would happen if he hid the great truths of justification from sinners and deceived them into thinking they were converted if they knew and agreed with the truths of justification. Imagine what would happen if he could hide the truth of what it meant for sinners to live for the glory of God and people were satisfied with going to church and being moral in the externals. Christianity would be nothing more than another religion at that point. This is why it is so essential to deal with that it really means to glorify God and then how we must seek to do that. This is why this subject is not an option, it is an essential.

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