segunda-feira, 11 de março de 2019
THE NARROW PATH TO RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD - DAY 72
by Rev. Robert John Cericola, Carroll, OH - EUA
The Glory of God
1 Corinthians 10:23 (NKJV) All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.
1 Corinthians 10:31–33 (NKJV) Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
Paul in chapter 10 of his first letter to the Corinthians encourages us to be sensitive to others when there is a possibility of giving a misunderstanding or offense. At times, it is difficult to know when your words or actions may cause offense. In verse 31 Paul helps us to understand how to be sensitive when he instructed us to do all to the glory of God. We can obtain a better understanding of what this means by looking at Exodus chapter 33.
Moses in Exodus chapter 33 asked God to show him His glory; And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.” Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” And the Lord said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.” To show Moses His glory the Lord made His goodness pass before him and proclaimed the name of the Lord while allowing Moses to see his back side.
In the New Testament Jesus is the manifest glory of God and to do all things to the glory of God simply means allowing the virtues/the personality of Christ, to be manifest through our lives in all circumstances.
Show peace to the agitated, forgive-ness to those that offend, give hope to the hopeless, kindness to those that are unkind, patience in all, and love to the unlovable and be steadfast in faith. Do all things to the glory of God, manifest Jesus!
The glory of God is Jesus. Is he being manifested through your life? The farther you go on the Narrow Road the more His life will be manifest through you. Above all be determined to know Him and you will.