World Evangelism

Revealing god’s glory

by Dr. Dale Yerton

Revealing God’s Glory

The Bible is not a study of heaven or hell. The Bible is not a study about God. It is the story of God redeeming a dying world. John 3:16 has been called the “Golden Text of the Bible.” “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

But a closer look show God desires to do more than just forgive our sins, He wants to reveal His glory in us. When Israel had rebelled against God and refused to go into the Promised Land, Moses prayed that God would forgive them. God responded, “I have pardoned according to your word, but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.” (Numbers 14:21)

So, God says His purpose is revealing His glory.

What is Sin?

Toom many times we only think of sin as things we did which were wrong, but the Scriptures tells us “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) The tragedy of sin is not so much what we did wrong. The tragedy of sin is what we lost! We could have been reigning with Christ, but sin has made us slaves to the devil.

The Purpose of God

“We see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” (Hebrews 2:9-10)

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) “Moreover whom He predestined, those He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” (Romans 8:30)

Five Steps to Revealing God’s Glory

Step #1

God calls us to become involved in reconciling the world to Himself. (II Corinthians 5:18-20) This is a general call of God. It is like a radio signal. Everyone who is tuned to that frequency hears the call.

Step #2

When we respond to the call of God, He chooses us for a special mission. (Genesis 12:1-3) This is a specific call of God. This is like a personal phone call. We will give an account to God for the way we fulfill His call.

Step #3

God enters a covenant with us empowering us to accomplish His mission. (Genesis 15:18) Entering into covenant with God gives us faith to fulfill the call of God. God wants us to “know certainly.” (Genesis 15:13)

Step #4

God sends us to the place where He can best work through us to fulfill His call. Again, this is a general destination. We know we are in the right place with the right preparation. What we are waiting at this point is for God to give us specific instructions.

Step #5

God guides us step by step fulfilling His call and bringing glory to Himself. (Genesis 22:14-17) This is specific! We are in the right place, with the right preparation doing the things which bring God glory.

A good question to ask ourselves is are adding years to our life, or life to our years? Another question is, how long have we lived? I didn’t ask, “How many years have you lived?” I asked, “How long have you lived?”

Man, fully alive is the glory of God. We are fully alive every time our life touches the purpose of God and brings Him glory. Most men live lives of quiet desperation. They are not afraid of dying, they are afraid they have never lived. We will be rewarded by how many times our lives brought God glory.

“The city had no need for the sun or the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it.” (Revelation 21:23)

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