Friday, March 18, 2011

God's Glory Revealed...

“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” (Isaiah 6:3)

Have you ever stopped to ponder this question; "what is God's 'glory'?" I have. I've written about on this blog in many places (here's one spot, if you're interested). Today I want to take a look at one aspect of this question; that is, what is Isaiah referring to?

Taking a more literal look at this verse, the Hebrew here puts it more emphatically; "the fulness of the whole earth is His glory." And what is the fulness of the whole earth? Let's go back to the beginning...the very beginning.

" (1) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth... (31) God saw all that He had made, and it was very good." (Genesis 1).

Track with me here; In the very beginning, God created everything...EVERYTHING. He created it from nothing. Light, dark, water, animals, plants, fish, trees, forests, mountains, sky, moon and sun, stars, galaxies, black holes, universe(s), everything! God created it all. And the crown jewel of His creation? Man and Woman. Why are we the crown jewel? Because He created us in His own image. Us. Created by God, in God's image, to display God's glory. And he put us in the Garden of Eden, a place of unimaginable beauty, where He sought relationship with us. Now STOP right here. At this moment in time, Adam and Eve exist in perfection; sinless, guiltless, shameless...they exist with God, in an intimate relationship with Him, in a garden of perfection that God Himself created.

This was His original plan...a perfect earth, perfect man, a perfect garden...in fact, God said of this creation, "it was very good."

So what about now? We are not in that state of perfection anymore, nor is the earth. We're fallen. So what gives? Maybe I'm a simpleton, but really, it's simple. The key word is "fulness." The fulness of the earth is God's creation in perfection. We do not live in perfection right now, but that does not mean that God's glory is not on display. It is! Creation still displays His glory, as do you and I. Are we seeing His glory in it's fulness? Not yet.

But therein lies our great hope! When Jesus rose from the dead, He foreshadowed what awaits us. A glorified body. Not only that, but we know from Romans that creation itself is longing for the curse to be lifted. Why? Same reason we are - we long to be renewed. Why? To fully display the glory of God.

"He who was seated on the throne said, 'I am making everything new!' Then he said, 'Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.' " (Revelation 21:5).

And what is the point of all of this? You, and I are the image-bearers of God, created for the display of His glory. The point is not us at all, although we should be honored...no, blown away that God would choose us to display His glory. However, that's not the point. The point is Him. God. Jahweh. The fulness of creation is purposed to display, shout, tell of and marvel in God! His glory. Not ours, His. Not us, Him. The point has always been and will always be God. He is the beginning, and the end.

- soli deo gloria; (To God Alone be the Glory)

To read more on this from an amazing teacher, preacher, scholar and writer,  (John Piper), click here.

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