Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Glimpsing Glory - What It's Really All About

by Kath
This blog is called Glimpsing Glory, but what does that mean, exactly? Well, God's glory can be seen in us, His creation, and many other aspects of His creation, often only dimly seen, which is why we've called it Glimpsing Glory.
But what is God's glory? I understand it to mean this, but there is so much more to it: His goodness, His character, His power, His greatness, His purposes, His might - all those things that make Him glorious and worth praising.
I'm still trying to figure it out, so I'll leave you with these thoughts - the first three from God Himself, and the others from various Bible teachers, with links so that you can read some more.
Psalm 96:2 Sing to the Lord, praise His name; proclaim His salvation day after day. 3 Declare His glory among the nations, His marvellous deeds among all peoples.
Hebrews 1:3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being
Habakkuk 2:14 for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
So God's glory is the radiance of his holiness, the radiance of his manifold, infinitely worthy and valuable perfections.
All of God's moral and spiritual qualities make him glorious and worthy to be praised.
God’s glory is God’s weightiness in wonderful qualities such as might, beauty, goodness, justice, and honour. When it comes to these characteristics and so many others, God has them in superabundance.
God is the only being in all of existence who can be said to possess inherent glory. We don’t give it to Him; it is His by virtue of who He is. If no one ever gave God any praise, He would still be the glorious God that He is, because He was glorious before any beings were created to worship Him… His glory is His being – simply the sum of what He is, regardless of what we do or do not do in recognition of it. John Macarthur
We must constantly remind ourselves that we are speaking of a glory that is ultimately beyond created comparison. "The glory of God" is the way you designate the infinite beauty and the infinite greatness of the Person who was there before anything else was there. In other words, it is the beauty and the greatness that exists without origin, without comparison, without analogy, without being judged or assessed by any external criterion. It is the all-defining absolute original of greatness and beauty. All created greatness and beauty comes from it, and points to it, but does not comprehensively or adequately reproduce it.

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