The Glory of God
Pastor Jared Longshore continues the church’s series on “Knowing God” with a message entitled “The Glory of God.” The glory of God centers on His infinite beauty and the greatness of His perfections. The pastor refers to three texts showing God’s glory and how that glory relates to Christian growth and mission.
Isaiah 6:1–5 gives a picture of God’s glory observed by Isaiah. Isaiah recognized the great difference between God’s holiness and his own unworthiness with the words “Woe am I.” To Isaiah God was high and lifted up, majestic in heaven, with even the seraphim covering their faces. Rather than being boring or dull, God’s glory calls us to an ever-increasing greater understanding much like the “further up and further in” charge of believers in Aslan’s land in C. S. Lewis’s Last Battle.
God’s glory has a role in the sanctification of the saints. Citing 2 Corinthians 3:15–18, Pastor notes that at a believer’s spiritual conversion there is a veil removed so the Christian can now see and understand spiritual matters. A transformation begins, done by the Spirit of God, whereby we are brought into the likeness of the Son. Despite being the work of the Spirit believers can cooperate in their sanctification particularly in four areas. First, they can look for the glory of God in His Word (Psalm 119:18) which naturally leads to the second step, asking God for His help in seeing God’s glory in His Word. Third, look for the glory of God in Christ (John 1:14). Finally, look for God’s glory in His creation (Psalm 8). God handiwork is full of miracles if only we take the time and effort to recognize them.
The third text, Psalm 96:1–10, centers on God’s glory and missions. John Piper says that missions exist because worship doesn’t. When we rightly see God’s glory we ought to be motivated to worship and to call others to worship by our witness to them. As for non-believers, the Bible calls them to respond to Jesus’ call, have their eyes unveiled, and worship of the one, true, and glorious God.