How is Jesus the “Glory of God”?
by R.C. Sproul
The book of James has an unusual sentence construction that links the word glory with the name of Jesus: “My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality” (James 2:1). In this verse the words Lord of glory have alternate renditions. Some translations read, “Our glorious Lord.” Still another possible translation reads, “Jesus Christ, who is the glory.”
B. B. Warfield, in his book The Lord of Glory, says, that Jesus was the glory of God, the shekinah. According to the Old Testament, the shekinah was the visible manifestation of the invisible God. The shekinah was a radiant cloud or brilliant light within a cloud that signaled the immediate presence of God. For Jesus to be identified with the shekinah was to be equated with the presence of God Himself. In Jesus we see the full manifestation of the majesty of God.
That the New Testament writers ascribed glory to Jesus was a clear indication of their confession of His full deity. Glory, in the sense it is used with reference to Jesus, is a divine attribute. It is the glory of God that He refuses to share with any man.
The angels sang “Glory to God” at Christ’s birth. The heavenly elders give glory to God around His throne. Why don’t you follow their example and give God glory today in every circumstance of your life?
How to Handle Praise
How do you respond when someone compliments you? Some people absolutely love receiving praise because it lifts their spirits and makes them feel valuable. Others are uncomfortable with it. They look down at their feet or offer reasons why they really don't deserve such praise.
For Christians, there's another dilemma. We're called to be humble, so what are we to do when others say good things about us? Because pride is always waiting to raise its ugly head, we need to be careful not to let praise puff us up. Some believers think that accepting a compliment is a sign of pride, so they make a big show of giving all the glory to God. That's fine, if it's really what's in their hearts, but too often it becomes a rote "Christian" response that's geared to impressing others.
My advice is simply to say, "Thank you very much." Then whisper a prayer in your heart to the Lord, thanking Him for the blessing, recognizing that anything worthy of praise ultimately comes from Him. If you felt encouraged, let the person know how the comment blessed you. If you receive praise for an achievement that was really a group effort, be sure to redirect the compliment to all those who were involved. A blessing is always more enjoyable when it's shared.
Our character is tested by the praise that comes to us. Every compliment that bounces into our ears should quickly rebound up to the Father. If we hold onto it, the poison of pride will begin to infect our hearts. But if we pass the praise to God, humility takes up residence in our souls.
~Dr. Charles F. Stanley~
Through Kindness and Love
In Romans we read a startling truth,
"If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head."
Our natural inclination is to hate our enemies, isn't it? But the Bible gives us a very different perspective and direction. We are to care for and love our enemies. In fact, some of the greatest antagonists to the gospel have been won through love.
We once had a neighbor next to our church building who was very set against us and very vocal against the church. He would voice his opinion in meetings at the city hall and, on occasion, he would even accost people as they were walking to church. He would shout things at them and harass them a bit from his front yard.
Well, we had one of our pastors go out of his way to show this guy love. He would compliment this man on how well he took care of his lawn, and he began to build a relationship with him. Then one day he actually led the man to Christ!
That same man who would yell at the church members as they walked by his house came into our auditorium and repented before me with tears in his eyes and apologized. He said he had lashed out because he was afraid. But now he had come to Christ, and he had been saved.
It is a glorious thing. He was won to the Lord through kindness and through love.
Think about God. I am so glad that He did not judge us and let the hammer fall on us because of our sins. Instead He extended kindness and mercy to us.
Win your enemy to Christ by showing him kindness and loving him today!
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Words of Wisdom and Revelation # 15
Words of Wisdom and Revelation # 15