Glorifying God 6

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

Matthew 22:37 And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’

“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

When God does all He does in order to manifest His own glories to Himself, to heavenly beings we don’t know about, and then to human beings; He does this (in and through human beings) by communicating Himself and His glories to the minds and hearts of human beings. He does not dwell in human beings because they are worthy for Him to do so, but He dwells in them because He has cleansed them and desires to glorify Himself in and through them. It is by a free and sovereign grace that He dwells in human beings. It is also be a free and sovereign grace that He glorifies Himself in and through human beings. This, once again, shows us the utter worthlessness of human works apart from what Christ works in the soul. When the human being does works apart from Christ, even if they are very religious works and very “Christian works” in a sense, the only thing to see is the glory of man. God does not behold His own glory in those works and as such He is not pleased. The glory of God will only shine forth in Christ and Christ only dwells in the humble.

What we can begin to see, then, is the beauty of true and biblical Christianity. The true Christian does not pursue holiness and good works out of a fear of hell and out of seeking to be holier than thou, but instead the true Christian pursues holiness in order that the glory of God would shine through Him or her. The true Christian does not see any problems with seeking the face of God out of a pure love and in order that God may be glorified. This is what the heart of one that loves God loves and seeks out of that love. Indeed no one (but Christ) can do this perfectly or even close to perfection while on earth, but the person that is seeking the Lord will seek Him knowing that God is glorified by Christ and the blood of Christ in forgiving that person’s sin. It is because of Christ purifying the person’s heart that He may dwell in it and because of His continuing life in the soul that a person is enabled to do good works and delight in the fact that those works are coming from God and are to His glory.

When a true Christian “hears” the command to glorify God, s/he can know that the command to glorify God has the ultimate motive of the glory of God. The believer is an instrument of the glory of God and thus has no ability to obtain righteousness in anything that the believer does. The believer delights to know that s/he is that instrument of glory and that what the believer needs to glorify God comes from God. The greatest love of the believer is God Himself and as such the true believer loves the glory of God and not self, though indeed this is far from perfect. However, the true believer longs to be free of self and of pride that s/he may glorify God more and more perfectly. How lovely and beautiful it is to be a partaker of the glory of God by having Christ as our life and how wonderful (beyond words to express) it is to glorify God and behold His glory shining out in others and in ourselves. The glory of God is His own ultimate motive and His glory becomes the ultimate motive of the believer as well. The believer wants to glorify God because the believer loves God and longs for God to be pleased with beholding His own glory. All things for to be for His glory and pleasure. He beholds His own glory and is pleased.

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