glory…part 1 of many


One of the most abused verses in all of Scripture is 1 Corinthians 10:31.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Through careless application we have unknowingly cheapened the meaning of this verse. I’m afraid that what the Holy Spirit intended to be the point of our lives has become nothing more than a dull montra that Christians repeat when someone pays them a compliment. Further, what should be the dominating passion and raging desire of regenerate souls has been reduced to a disclaimer that someone may give before bragging of their personal accomplishments.

If the whole point of life is glorifying God, and it is, then we need to get serious about grasping this point. How do we truly glorify God?

This week I observed as some kids were asked what reconciliation means. One responded, “to reconcile?” Don’t you love it when people define a concept by using a word that is a part of the given concept? Brilliant. If I were to ask the kids in junior church on Sunday How do we glorify God, I would probably get this answer, “by bringing him glory.” We answer questions in such a fashion because we don’t know what the terminology actually means.

Our lack of knowledge in this area is a big problem!

In order to be able to glorify God, we must know what the verb glorify means and in order to understand the verb, we must understand the noun glory. It is probably one of the most widely, but yet diverse words in English Bible translations. When we read glory in our Bibles, it is usually the translation of either doxa in Greek or kevod in Hebrew, as these occur most frequently. However, FYI, there are times when the English Bible translations read, “glory” while the underlying text doesn’t reveal either one of the two.

If we want to understand the purpose of our lives — “doing all to the glory of God” — and thereafter live in accordance to it, then we must understand what glory means.

This is the first of an open-ended series on the topic. I’m not going to attempt to systematically exegete every verse which uses the word glory. However, I want to hit “climax verses” and “paradigms” along the way.

I hope you will join me.

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  1. #1 by Texas Ron Linebarger on October 17, 2007 - 8:26 am

    To Glorify God, just an off the cuff comment is to become like His son Jesus–to think and act like Him. To face life controversies and issues and to respond like His son Jesus and understand. Understanding is a large part of our response if we look in the Word and the times that Jesus lived. Life is so full of controversies.

    I have run into a controversy regarding women wearing pants to church–how to respond to that? Many women wear pants to church, but have commented that they feel guilty for doing so.

    I had an incident that happened to me that may help to explain some things. Hope so! I just placed it on kindlytalk.com

    In Jesus.

    Texas Ron Linebarger
    kindlytalk.com

  2. #2 by Verity on October 17, 2007 - 9:28 am

    You’re in my head Clearly! I thought I had blogged specifically regarding this, and realise God’s glory is more just a part of most of my blogs.
    If you can only read one book besides the Bible, pick up God’s Passion for His Glory. Life altering. Piper says you may have to wrestle for days with the concepts – because one’s whole world gets turned upside-down when you realise God is the center of God’s universe…
    I can not wait to see what truths you are gleaning!

  3. #3 by S. Laurence Guzmán on October 22, 2007 - 5:00 pm

    The glory of God is the missing ingredient in the church today. If we ever want to see God working in power among his people again, we will have to pray the he will restore his glory to his church. This will come when we return to right view of God and a proper fear of him.

    “Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”
    Ephesians 3:21

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