Glory, Glory, What’s It to You?

December 10, 2018 at 11:58 am | Posted in I Peter | Leave a comment
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The word “glory” is found 12 times in the book of I Peter. We tend to think of glory as a state of exaltation or celebration, as though this world’s version of glory, often seen in connection with fame, wealth, luxury, and ease, was its truest representation. However, when Christian believers think of the glory of God reflected in our lives, we must remember that, in the Bible, real glory is often connected to suffering, trials, tribulation, and reproach. This is because such difficulties culminate in eternal, not temporal, glory for those who are called by God’s grace in Christ Jesus.

Here are links to the posts in the category I Peter:

1. The Hope of Glory (I Peter 1)
2. Eternal Security Does Not Have an Expiration Date (I Peter 1:5)
3. Holy (I Peter 1:15)
4. Practical Holiness (I Peter 1:13-17)
5. Growing and Living Stones (I Peter 2)
6. Battling for Glory (I Peter 1-2)
7. Submission and Sin (I Peter 2:13)
8. The Degrees of Estimation (I Peter 2:17)
9. God’s Specific Will for You (I Peter 2:13-14; 3:17; 5:10)
10. Submission and Honor in Marriage (I Peter 3:1-7)
11. A Not-So-Amazing Marriage (I Peter 3:1-7)
12. Inhabiting and Investigating Your Marriage (I Peter 3:1-7)
13. Influence, Intercession, and Inheritance in Marriage (I Peter 2:25-3:7) *
14. How to Fight Evil (I Peter 3:8-16)
15. The Just Suffering for the Unjust (I Peter 3:17-21)
16. The Most Obvious Difference between Jesus and Us (I Peter 3:18)
17. Suffering, Sin, and Sobriety (I Peter 4:1-7)
18. Sobering Up, Sobering Down, Sobering All Around (I Peter 4:7-11)
19. Suffering for Glory (I Peter 4:11-5:1)
20. Oversight / Obedience (I Peter 5:1-6)
21. Beware of Fresh-Faced Frowardness (I Peter 5:5)
22. Overseeing the Sheep (I Peter 5:8-9)

* most-viewed post in category

A Glimpse of His Glory

February 10, 2016 at 1:10 pm | Posted in Matthew | 8 Comments
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In Matthew Chapter 17 the King gives His closest followers a glimpse of His glory. In Chapter 16 He had told them:

For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

Matthew 16:27

They would get a preview of this glory very soon.

Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom. And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

Matthew 16:38-17:2

This is what is known as the “Transfiguration.” Transfiguration is change, but not from outward forces, like remodeling a building or plastic surgery. It is change from within – transformation, not conformation.

Christ is God, so all His glory is self-generated. We cannot produce our own glory; only He can.

While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

Matthew 17:5

Part of God’s glory is His holiness. No one is like God. Here, He says that we should listen to and obey Christ because He is God incarnate.

And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.

Matthew 17:6

“Glory” also speaks of the “weight” of God – the magnitude of God. No one can stand in His presence – not even angels. We talk about “weightier” and “lighter” matters, and God is the “heaviest” subject about Whom we could ever speak.

The King’s glory helps us to understand the King’s power. The nine Disciples who had not gone up into the Mount of Transfiguration were now faced with a demon they couldn’t handle.

And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.

Matthew 17:14-16

They could not handle this demon because they had been guilty of a lack of discipline. They had not been praying and fasting. If the glory of the King – Who Himself was disciplined – doesn’t motivate us to be disciplined, then we can’t be trusted with the power of the King.

Now the Holy Spirit inspires Matthew, the former tax collector, to tell about what happened when the King was challenged to pay taxes. (Normally kings receive taxes!)

And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

Matthew 17:24-27

The King not only disciplines Himself, but makes Himself a servant, paying taxes He does not rightfully owe, just to keep from causing trouble. Have you ever been asked to do something you really shouldn’t have to do? To put up with some nonsense you shouldn’t have to put up with? Remember the King – the GLORIOUS King – Who didn’t even have a half-shekel to pay His taxes.

The glory of the King is a necessary motivation to being a follower of the King – to doing what God said, and learning of His ways, and living His principles. This is the only recorded miracle in Jesus’s earthly ministry involving money, and the only miracle I can think of where the Bible doesn’t confirm that it actually happened. The King said He was going to do it, and Matthew, having understood something of His glory, just expects us to take it for granted that He did it. We are not even told if the precise miracle is that Jesus caused a fish to swallow a coin, and then caused that exact fish to be the one caught, or if He just created the coin, and exercised dominion of the fish to make it be caught.

He’s More than “All I Need.” He’s “All I Have.”

June 17, 2010 at 11:07 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments
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It can be heartbreaking to see people bowing down to the cult of celebrity in our times. Men and women, boys and girls, all of whom God so gloriously created for His Own glory, seem to persistently ignore Him, and to make idols out of silly individuals famous for even sillier accomplishments. Most people know more about Paris Hilton than they do about Priscilla and Aquila. We know more about Britney Spears than about the spear Saul threw at David. We know more about Heath Ledger than about the heath in the desert. How many of our children and young adults obsess over clothing, beauty products, hair styles, and weight loss, but could not begin to point to a Scripture that describes the true Biblical definition of “beauty?” We know more about what happened on the red carpet than about what happened on the Cross of Christ.

Even spiritually-minded people seem to feel as if God alone is not enough. All types of Heavenly beings are worshipped in place of Christ. The saints are adored and offered prayers. Christ’s mother is deified. Angels are worshipped as if they were creators instead of creatures.

This type of vanity must stop. What joy there is in realizing that God alone is worthy of worship and praise! What peace and power there is in knowing that there is only one Mediator between God and man – the man Christ Jesus! In God’s creation, man can find anything he wants. But only in God Himself can man find what he truly needs.

Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

Psalm 73:25


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