Our Purpose Is God*s Glory
Do you believe God created you? Do you know why he created you? If you don*t believe that He created you, you will never know why He created you. In the happy event that you believe He created you I shall share some of His purposes for doing that.
Isaiah 43:7: Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
We have been created by God for God. We have been created for His glory. We have been created so He might heap His glory upon us. We have been created to see and know about His glory. We have been created to enjoy His glory and marvel about it. We have been created to reveal His glory. We have been created to praise Him for His glory. As we think about it, we most enjoy the people who pay attention to us. God most enjoys the people who pay attention to Him. God*s glory makes Him worthy of our attention. His glory will be the chief attraction of heaven. If you don*t enjoy it you wouldn*t enjoy heaven.
So what is glory?
Some of Webster*s definitions: great distinction and renown, magnificence and splendor, a wonderful asset, the height of achievement, triumph or prosperity. The verb: To rejoice jubilantly, exult.
I get most of these explanations of glory from the Unger*s Bible dictionary. One Biblical meaning of it is weight. Greater glory equals greater weight.
2 Corinthians 4:17: For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
Glory is the exercise and display of what constitutes the distinctive excellence of the subject of which it is spoken. The distinctive excellence of God. I like that, don*t you? In respect to God, His glory is the manifestation (revealing) of His divine attributes and perfections. God*s glory has been at times visible.
I won*t have the numbers exactly right but there are about 100 mentions of clouds in the scriptures. About 90 of them deal with the glory of God. Since I have been saved I have enjoyed clouds like I never did before. Check out the clouds whenever you get a chance.
Mark 13:26: And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
God*s glory is the correlative of His holiness. It is that in which holiness comes to expression. Glory is the expression of holiness as beauty is the expression of health.
A great problem of humanity is that we don*t see God*s holiness as a beautiful thing. We fear it. We don*t see it as beneficial to us. If it weren*t for God*s holiness there would be nothing good. The absence of good. Consider what that would be like. It would be perpetual Hell.
1 Chronicles 16:29: Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
Psalms 29:2: Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
God*s holiness is the rock upon which everything good and worthwhile securely rests. We mortals are naturally devoid of holiness and yet we need it.
Hebrews 12:14: Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
We are created in God*s image. He sometimes puts a bit of visible glory upon us.
Proverbs 20:29: The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head.
Proverbs 16:31: The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.
1 Corinthians 11:7: For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.
1 Corinthians 11:15: But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
In respect to man, his glory is found in the things which discover (reveal) his honorable state and character, such as wisdom, righteousness, superiority to passion, or that outward magnificence which is expressive of what, in the lower sphere, bespeaks the high position of its possessor.
The term glory is used for the property or possession which seems to throw around its possessor a halo of glory, or in some respect crowns it with honor. The glory of man is identified with his soul, the glory of Lebanon with its trees, the glory of herbs with the beauty of their flower.
The glory of God reveals His infinite perfections and especially His pure and unchanging righteousness. In one sense God is the glory of His people and they are His glory in the other sense. It is through their holy and blessed state, through the wonderful things done for them and by them, that His own glorious perfections are revealed before the eyes of men.
John 17:24: Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
Isaiah 40:5: And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
Romans 8:18: For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
1 Peter 4:13: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ*s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
1 Peter 5:1: The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
John 1:14: And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
1 Corinthians 10:31: Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Peter 1:16: Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
God commands us to be holy and then He provides holiness for us by His presence in us. The only thing that makes us holy and therefore truly glorious and spiritually beautiful is His presence within us.
Colossians 1:27: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
2 Corinthians 4:7: But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
Care to discuss Our Purpose Is God*s Glory with Ron?