God’s Glory, His Priority

Scott Price

“Now to Him who is able to do exceeding 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 throughout all ages, forever. Amen.” Eph 3:20-21

Many times you will hear people say this or that is the “main thing”. I say that a lot when explaining out various doctrines or theology as I preach and teach. How can so many things be the main thing? Within any subject there is focus, emphasis or preeminence on a particular portion of a message. These things (points, statements, or thoughts in a message or lesson) are all going in the direction with agreeing and harmonizing with the truth of the gospel as they bring glory to God. Some of these points which are to be emphasized may be prefaced with; “If ya don’t get anything else today get this”. That means at least one of two things: What I am about to say is one of the most important things I am saying in the message or what I am about to say is not mentioned by many other people, so listen close.

In a day seemingly dominated by humanistic, man-centered false religion the forgotten message is the fact that God’s first, preeminent, main, central priority and purpose is His very own glory. If you do not agree with that you most likely have not shaken off the dust of false religion yet. God must be glorified and He will never ever share His glory with another. Nobody will rob Him of it because of His earned reputation of being a Jealous God. He must be faithful to Himself. He likes it that way. This is His way and it is the main focus of everything without exception. The main reason and chief end for everything is to bring glory to this Great and Majestic, Almighty God.

The glorious wisdom of God shines forth from His character as He chose and appointed the Eternal Son of God to be the One who performed and accomplished salvation for God’s people in a way so as to, you guessed it; bring glory to His holy Name. He is first. God must have a sacrifice in salvation. He, to remain faithful to Himself, must be a just God as He is a Savior. Christ is the One who insured that as He agreed in the Eternal Covenant to live out in every facet the gospel story for #1) the glory of God and #2) the salvation of His people.

God the Father did this in such a way that He put Christ out front in preeminence and put the government of salvation on His shoulders as He did the work and bore the burden of responsibility in fulfilling all the Covenant conditions. Glory was the result! At every turn; glory, glory, glory! We have the testimony of God against mankind that they have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Who is the glory of God? Jesus Christ the Lord is. It is a Person. The glory of God is wrapped up in the Person and work of Christ and we live by that rule (Galatians 6:14). It is about Him not us. Never think that the servant is above his Master. He MUST increase and we MUST decrease. To God be the glory forever and ever Amen.

Not Just “Any Old Way”, But The Only Way

“And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if Thou be willing, remove this cup from Me: nevertheless not My will, but Thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly: and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground” Luke 22-41-44

Recently I was made to analyze a scenario brought forth by someone who held to a false gospel. He said, “Christ could have saved people any old way and did not have to do it the way He did.”  He continued in explaining his scenario with, “Christ could have come down to earth as an adult to have His finger cut to draw a drop of blood and that would be enough to save the world.” This man was a Roman Catholic and what was interesting was the fact that people around him who were Baptist and other denominations raised their eyebrows wanting an answer from me as if to say that, “Yeah He could have just done that couldn’t He?”  Several things started to flood my mind concerning this misrepresentation of the only Jesus Christ of the Scriptures. A false gospel is a false gospel no matter what denomination is comes out of.

The following are only a few things that came to mind shortly after the conversation:

The Sovereign & Wise Decree of God Almighty

One thing that was brought to mind was that God has from all eternity, in His infinite wisdom always desired, wanted, decreed, purposed, foreordained, predestined, willed, planned and provided for the eternal Son of God to do as was decreed to glorify God.  II Timothy 1:9 shows this was not some reaction or after thought when it says, “who (God) has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given us in Christ Jesus before the eternal times. (MKJV)

That The Scriptures Must Be Fulfilled

Another thing that came to mind was what about all the many Old Testament Scriptures that testified to the fact that all these things must and will come to pass? Not just the specific prophesies but also all the gospel figures, types, pictures and shadows contained in the Old Testament even before the birth of the promised, chosen Messiah are all part of the means in God’s salvation. Matthew 26:53-56 says, “Do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He shall presently give Me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so? In that hour Jesus said to the crowds, Have you come out in order to take Me with swords and clubs, as against a thief? I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple, and you did not lay hands on Me. But all this happened that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.(MKJV)

What Was Decreed & Prophesied Must Come to Pass in God’s Good Time

The Scripture bears a significant amount of emphasis on the fact that all things revolve around and center on this specific TIME of Christ’s 33 years of gospel performance on this earth. The Lord many times mentioned that His “time was not come” before He was to go to the cursed tree to sacrifice Himself to the Father for the sin of His people.

Just a couple examples are in John 2:4 it says, “Jesus said unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.” John 7:30 says, “Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.” But in John 17:1 the Lord Jesus Christ finally reached His time or hour when He said, “These words spoke Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee.” In Galatians 4:4-5 it says, But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, coming into being out of a woman, having come under Law, that He might redeem those under Law, so that we might receive the adoption of sons.” (MKJV)

The Law Must Be Fulfilled

Salvation by necessity involves the Law being obeyed, fulfilled, honored, magnified and satisfied. The text above you just read about the Law is just one of many stressing the fact that the Law must be kept by Christ for salvation.

Matthew 5:17-18 says, “Do not think that I have come to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to destroy but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, Till the heaven and the earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall in any way pass from the law until all is fulfilled.” Romans 5:19 says, “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous.” (MKJV)

The Cup of Wrath MUST Be Drank Dry

In the garden shortly before His death the Lord Jesus prayed to the Father concerning this very topic that we are considering. In Luke 22 it says concerning Christ having to drink of the cup of wrath, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” The Father was not willing then nor ever was because it is the only way salvation could be accomplished. It was decreed and agreed upon in the covenant before time. This MUST take place and it is more than just a cut on the finger.

The Wages of Sin Is Death

The Bible shows throughout that death must be the penalty to bring forth life, whether it be a skin for covering the body as in the Garden of Eden, an animal ceremonial sacrifice, or even a basic description the Lord made of a seed in John 12:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die, it brings forth much fruit.” and in Romans 6:23 it says, “For the wages of sin is death“. Christ willfully took on the sin of His people by the means of imputation. This legal transfer of sin to the account of Christ made Him guilty and deserving of death that consisted primarily of legal condemnation, which demanded His physical death as a sin sacrifice to the Father. A simple cut on the finger would not be enough.

God MUST Be Both a Just God and Savior

If there to be salvation it MUST be done in such a way that honors the character attributes of God. God’s redemptive glory is at stake here. This is a rejected idea by many “Calvinists” who may claim that God’s sovereignty overrides all else. That is a crooked view of the true God. Romans 3:26 says, “To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believes in Jesus.”

In Isaiah 54:20-21 a striking passage of Scripture that clear distinguishes the only True and Living God from idols reveals the reason, “Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save. Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Savior; there is none beside me.”

The idea of blood being shed by Christ, and in our original scenario description of cutting Christ’s little finger, is not the fact that it contains plasma or hemoglobin but the focus should be the merit of His work by virtue of who He is; the God-Man. Blood is not magic, even Christ’s blood. His is said to be precious because of the effect of its merit. It is the intent and purpose behind what was being done. His blood is effectual (it works all by itself).

The gospel of Christ centers on HIM and then mainly the HOW and WHY of the cross. The HOW and WHY are invisible and spiritual. These two things cannot be seen by the naked eye, but rather are revealed in the gospel and seen with the eye of God-faith how and why God must be both a just God and Savior. A simple cut on the finger would not be enough.

Conclusion

If you did not notice, all these points harmonize and are interrelated to one another. God does things in a consistent manner, a manner that does not contradict His word or His character. The god of religion can be twisted to fit any imagination but God describes Himself in His word a specific way, the only way that He is to be seen. By nature we do not see His way but are blinded by our perverted way. God in His grace reveals Himself to us by the power of both His gospel and Holy Spirit to see His way. It is at that point (conversion) we forsake our way as wickedness and embrace His as our exclusive means of eternal life. God’s Redemptive character cannot be compromised. It is His chief glory. The implication of this is the fact that God demands certain things as a result of His character not a mere finger cut. Think on it.

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2 Responses to “God’s Glory, His Priority”

  1. It is so true, almost the whole majority of what is called “church” is all man-centered…….but all in the name of Jesus.

    When Paul entered the Areopagus, what he saw were shrines to every god, even an altar (which he cleverly used to proclaim the truth about Jesus) that was built to a nameless god just so in case they missed one, they could use this altar so no god of the pantheon could be missed and offended.
    Dark times and Paul and John both say (Eph 6, 1 John 5)

    Yet, look at our times. In every state, county, city, town there are “churches” on every corner, the problem is that they all use (abuse and blaspheme) the name of Christ. Paul never saw this, times have grown far worse as Jesus’ Name is tacked onto everything. How long Lord do we have to here your wonderful Name be blasphemed as none of what we see if for your glory. Now there is a church on every corner using the Name of Christ, this is worse than a pantheon with different names. But, Lord may our hearts not be hardened by this so that we mistreat anyone, some may be your sheep, out brethren, and we would not want to be found mistreating you!

    One last point, in Matt. 7 Jesus made it clear that the road that leads to destruction is broad/wide and deep and is overflowing with people, but the path that leads to life (john 14:6) is not only narrow, there are only a few on it……..it has always been this way and will be till the end. Till then, I’m with you, proclaim the truth of the gospel when God opens oportunity……and as Paul tells the Phillipians, we are to be lights in this wicked dark time, lights that reprobates hate but those whom God is drawing will come, and they will find Christ in us and render worship to Him (Matt. 5:16)

    • calebveritas Says:

      I agree with everything you said brother….that is…..except one. the blasphemy on every street corner, Christ’s name tacked on false religion. that IS all for God’s glory. He will crush those who are His enemies and He is pleased to do so for His justice. praise God that no sin goes unpunished.

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