Glorifying God 3

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

If it is so vital to glorify God in terms of it being the chief end of man, then we should know what this means at the heart level and then what it means to do this in terms of the very essence of it. It is such an impressive statement about what it means to be human that we should not take this lightly, but perhaps it is as important as our daily food. The chief end of man is not to live, it is to glorify and enjoy God forever. The chief end of man is not to do all he can do to keep from dying, but instead it is to glorify and enjoy God forever. When I Corinthians tells us that whatever we do we are to do it to the glory of God, that is a universal statement. There is nothing that we do or don’t do that is free from the command and privilege of glorifying and enjoying God. We must, simply and absolutely must, know something of what it means to glorify God.

As we think of John 15:4 above, it should tell us very clearly and without any question regarding the matter that there is nothing spiritual that we can do in our own ability and power. We are completely and absolutely dependent upon Jesus Christ for any spiritual fruit that we are given the power and ability to bear. The command and privilege, then, to glorify God is something that is utterly beyond the power and ability of a human being to do. This throws us completely upon Christ and His grace to give us this. We don’t deserve to be instruments that God uses to glorify His name. We don’t deserve anything but His wrath on and in us. The glory of God is only shown to sinners by grace and we can only glorify Him by grace as well.

Glorifying God is no so much of a commandment that we are to keep as it is an aspect of eternal life. Yes, it is a part of the Great Commandment, but as with any and all commands of God we can only keep them if He gives us grace to keep them. If God gives us grace to keep them, we should view that as sharing in His life rather than our obeying commands. This may seem harsh to some, but to those who have spiritual taste buds this is a great part of life. We live totally upon Christ and we live in Christ and He lives in us. The commands of God should be viewed in the New Covenant as aspects of eternal life rather than do this or that or you will be punished. It is hard to imagine how a believer who has Christ as his or her life would view the Great Commandment as anything but the ache of his or her soul in wanting to be like God in love to God.

We simply must see that glorifying God is not something we can do in our own strength, but this is what we do when Christ lives in us by His Spirit and the Spirit of love works this love for God in us. This working the love for God and of God in us is really a sharing in the life of the God who loves Himself as triune. The Father loves the Son and the Son loves the Father, and the Spirit is the Spirit of love. There is a perfect love within the Trinity and no one can share in that love but by His free-grace alone. Loving God is a sharing in the life of God (II Peter 1:4-5) or being made a partaker of the Divine nature. Strong words, yes, but they are straight from the Bible. However, we must know for certain that we are not divine, but God shares Himself with His people and in that way we share in the Divine nature. Behold the privileges of being a child of God! Behold the wonders of free-grace in that God makes His people partakers of His Divine nature! This is at the heart of what it means to glorify God.

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