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The Glory of God

This is intended to be a short, introductory outline to a series of after-recess discussions in our Young People’s Societies. I believe the idea is that the societies are in­vited to use one of these each month. Various writers will con­tribute to this column.

Perhaps it would be best to have two members of the society render each a paper concerning this sub­ject, at least we’ll set up the sketch that way.

One paper could be on the gener­al theme:

God Reveals His Glory.

In this paper the writer could build his article around the follow­ing general hints:

  1. That God makes a display of His glory in nature (Ps. 19:1). In the created things, each crea­ture in its own way expressing something concerning God. The variety of creatures also ex­pressing something. In ruling the affairs of men and of na­tions God shows His power, His wisdom, His wrath, His good­ness, His mercy (Heid. Cate­chism, Qu. 122; Rom. 1:20 and Belgic Confession, art. 2).
  2. That God makes a special revel­ation of His glory in the Scrip­tures. We see the glory of God in Christ (John 1:14), in Christ His glory comes close to us. Christ is in heaven but we have the mirror of His glory in the Bible. Every page of it sets forth His glory, power, majesty, wisdom, justice. His glory is set in contrast to our shame, our brevity of life (Ps. 103) our be­ing dust, our corruption, etc.
  3. Seeing this glory. Could any­one escape from, that is, shut his eyes so as not to see this glory? We see by faith, with enlightened eyes, with renewed minds. Do the wicked also see God’s glory?

This could be followed by a sec­ond paper on the theme:

Glorifying God.

In this paper the following hints could be incorporated:

  1. It is a capital sin not to glorify God (Rom. 1:21: Acts 12:23. Rev. 16:9). If God’s purpose is Self-glorification, surely we are called to engage in this mighty task of glorifying God.
  2. How all-embracing is this pre­cept, for in 1 Cor. 10 we read “whether we eat or drink or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God”. (In later out­lines perhaps the matter will be treated of HOW we can glorify God in eating, in drinking, in laboring, etc.)
  3. We must not be deceived to seek the glory of self. . . . this con­flicts with the God-glorifying program, neither must we seek the glory of men, that is, to at­tract their praise to ourselves, neither may we glory in our shame (1 Thess. 2:6, Matt. 6:2, and Phil. 3:19).
  4. Christ glorified God on the earth. How? (John 17:4). His Spirit in us enables and inclines us to God-centered living and in John 15:8 we read ‘‘herein is my Father glorified that ye bear much fruit. . . .”

Around these two general themes a further discussion could be built when we consider:

  1. What glory should Herod have given God, (Acts 12:23).
  2. What different things lead us away from a God-centered and God-glorifying life?
  3. Is any special legitimate occupa­tion more God-glorifying than some other, e.g., is a Christian missionary’s occupation neces­sarily more God-glorifying than say, the occupation of a Chris­tian street-cleaner?
  4. If a gentle breeze of a sum­mer’s day displays God’s glory, how about a devastating cy­clone? With what difference?
  5. How can we glorify God before men. … if we are rich? poor? healthy? sick?
  6. Why do we fail so miserably in glorifying God? What causes this and what ought we do to effect improvement?