Have you considered that God created a people for Himself, and God even performs salvation, for His own sake, that He might receive glory?SOME VERSES ABOUT GOD'S GLORY
1. Ephesians 1:5-6 - "He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved." We usually go to this verse and take away from it that we should praise God. But if we understood it we would see that it is like me telling you that my goal in speaking to you tonight is that you would applaud me really loudly at the end. And that's ugly, and wrong!
2. Psalm 19:1 - "The heavens declare the glory of God"
3. Jeremiah 13:11 - "For as the loincloth clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, declares the LORD, that they might be for me a people, a name, a praise, and a glory, but they would not listen."
4. Psalm 106:7 - "Our fathers, when they were in Egypt, did not consider your wondrous works; they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love, but rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea. Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make known his mighty power."
5. Ezekiel 20:14 - "But I acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, in whose sight I had brought them out."
6. 1 Samuel 12:22 - "For the LORD will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make you a people for himself."
7. Ezekiel 36:22 - "Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came."
8. Romans 15:8-9 - "For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy."
9. John 12:27-28 - "Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name." Then a voice came from heaven: "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again."
10. 2 Corinthians 5:15 - "And he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised." The cross was radically self-exalting. The goal of it was to put the treasure of the universe, namely Jesus, into your heart to be supremely esteemed above all other treasures. That's why he died.
11. Philippians 2:9-11 - "Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." You cannot escape God's God-centeredness in the Bible. It's everywhere! And I'm just keeping it in your face. There's no cheap solution for your dislike of it. There is an answer, and it's glorious.
12. Isaiah 43:25 - "I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins."
13. 1 Peter 4:11 - "Whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ." God has put me here right now in order to get him glory.
14. Acts 12:23 - "Immediately an angel of the Lord struck [Herod] down, because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last."
15. 2 Thessalonians 1:9-10 - "They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed." Jesus is coming back to be marveled at! He's coming back to be praised.
16. Habakkuk 2:14 - "For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea."
17. Revelation 21:23 - "And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb."
“Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the Lord… It is not for your sake that I will act, declares the Lord God; let that be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel.” (Ezekiel 36:22-23,32)
“For my names’ sake I defer my anger, for the sake of my praise I restrain it from you, that I may not cut you off… For my own sake, for own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another.” (Isaiah 48:11)
It is so important for us, as God’s people to get a hold of this truth, that God wants us to do everything for His name sake, and for His glory…”Act O Lord, for Your name’s sake (Jeremiah 14:7)
“…He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name sake.” (Psalm 23:3b)
”Help us, Oh God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name’s sake (Psalm 79:9)
“Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory.” (Psalm 115:1)
These are just a few of so many scriptures that confirm this truth that God loves His glory! If we are empowered by His Spirit, we too, will live for the glory of God and love the glory of God! Now, in no way is our self-centeredness justified since we are "made in the image of God." God is God and we are not.
Do you remember the first time you looked at the sun? Probably not. Maybe your mom told you that should shouldn’t stare at it because you would go blind. This is because the sun is a massive ball of flames--a self-contained blazing inferno that sits in the heavens 93 million miles out into space. Yet it is positioned to where it’s just warm enough to ripen our strawberries and tomatoes. It gives us warmth and light, and without it we would not only be in darkness, but life could not be sustained on earth.
Intensely brilliant though the sun is, there are times in which we can gaze on its glorious radiance. When it sits low on the horizon we can view it through the atmosphere, and when we see it in such a state, it often puts on a breathtaking display of majesty.
There was a time when most of humanity believed in geocentricity. We thought that the sun revolved around the earth. That was understandable because the sun rose on one horizon and set on the other. It moved across the sky. We therefore believed that we were the center of the universe, because the sun revolved around us. But knowledge has shown us that in the infinitude of space, we are but a tiny dot that revolves around a massive sun.
There was a time in my childish ignorance that I thought that I was the center of the universe. Like most kids, I was self-centered, and in my ego-centricity I thought that God’s purpose was to rise and shine on me. He was my divine butler. But knowledge showed me that everything revolves around Him. He created that massive inferno that sits in the heavens. He set it at 93 million miles away, to give warmth and light to His creation, and like our relationship to the sun, without God we are not only in darkness (see John 8:12), but we are "dead in our trespasses and sins" (see Ephesians 2:1). Without Him, our life will not be sustained on earth.
God is like the sun. He dwells "in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man has seen, nor can see..." (see 1 Timothy 6:16) and shines "above the brightness of the sun." When Saul of Tarsus was exposed to His light on the Road to Damascus, the brilliance took the sight from his eyes.
However, unspeakably glorious though He is, God made it possible for us to actually look upon Him. The Bible says,
"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Corinthians 4:6).
The God of glory came low so that we could see His invisible form--through the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Through the Scriptures, we can see His divine hatred for hypocrisy, His gentleness with the humble, and most of all, His great love for sinners which was clearly commended to each of us through the cross.
I pray that you know Him intimately (Matthew 7:21-23). Remember, if God seems distant, you are the one who is distant, not Him. Sin seperates you from God and God, who is perfectly holy and pure, can't be in the presence of sin or evil. Without holiness, no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).
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