False Reality and the Glory of God

This is an old Facebook note that I wrote several years back. I edited it a bit (it was sloppy) and think its just as important to talk about today:

Well the idea of what the glory of God means has popped up in my mind the last few days. Not just in the sense that I have come to the conclusion that God is glorious, but that we must remind ourselves and others of that when we sin. God’s glory and how that plays into our lives is interesting.

What is glory? Well the word essentially means heavy or important, so when we say God is full of glory we say he is heavy or important to the utmost. So when we say we ascribe all glory to God, we mean that we give Him all importance. Peter says to the saints in his letter 1 Peter, “and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.” The expression rejoicing with a joy that is full of glory means that the joy we have is of much importance, or weight. That joy in our salvation is of immeasurable consequences, as it rubs off on others and eases many situation. We all know that when one person is irritable, it causes others to be uneasy and may cause disputes. Joy is supposed to have the same effect in the opposite way.

Also, our joy is supposed to carry us through difficult times and through the sin which daily causes grief in our lives. We are not supposed to pay attention to the lie which Satan passes out on the street corner saying that your sin causes you to be worthless, because we have a God whose glory surpasses all and abounds in grace. We can build our foundation on the One who is stable, when everything else without glory (or weight) shakes under the groaning and despairs of this world. God’s glory is the reason we don’t need sin anymore. We have became slaves of righteousness and of the God who is larger (or “fatter”) than our imagination. We have no need to tie ourselves back to the deeds which are rotten and have no eternal value. God’s Word has value due to his glory. Sin only decays and corrupts. It destroys every living thing it can get a hold of and sucks in all who draw near. We are called to draw near to the One who gives life, not the one who abundantly gives death. Sin has corrupted this world with all its lies and temptations that empty us out (or “de-glorify” us), so why not rejoice in something that has much weight?

Technically, the saying “whoever has more stuff is worth more” is correct. However, the problem when we look at this phrase is that we tend to think of things that are material and going to pass away. We exclude eternal realities. The truth is that eternal objects are of much greater importance and value. Everything that is eternal is His and He gives it freely to those who love Him, so does not that statement ring true? It is just that what people value are things with infinitely less importance. We have Christ, who is everlasting, and that is our eternal glory. He gives us worth because God abundantly gives grace and righteousness through His Son, Jesus Christ. So remind your brother or sister – we have no need to go back to things of little value, the sin which easily captures us, because we look to a God who is of much greater value. A God full of glory.
I want to end with a verse which is called the doxology, which comes from the Greek word doxa – which means glory.

Romans 11:33 – 36
Oh the depths of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgements, and His paths beyond tracing out! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor? Or who has ever given to God that He should repay him? For from Him, through Him, and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.doxology

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One Response to False Reality and the Glory of God

  1. Kathy Adams says:

    Sean, thank you for sharing this with us. What a wonderful message and one that should bring comfort to many. It has been to me.


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