Glorifying God throughout Eternity

     Paul began by recounting the faith of Abraham which glorified God.  Abraham believed that he and Sarah could indeed have a child in their old age.
     “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.”  Romans 4:20
     Paul continued by stating that God would be glorified by unity in the body of believers.
     “Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another…that you may with one mind…glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Romans 15:5-6
     Paul went on to say that God would be glorified when believers received one another just as Christ had received them.
     Paul admonished the Corinthians to glorify God in everything they did.  The particular situation centered on minor differences between believers concerning nonessential details.  If someone who was still drinking milk relative to such things as eating meat sacrificed to idols, even though God had declared such meat clean, the mature believer was not to offend the babe.
     “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…just as I also please all men in all things.”  1 Corinthians 10:31-33
      Also in that same letter Paul reminded the church at Corinth that each believer was bought with a price; thus they belonged to God and as such must glorify Him in their bodies.
     “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body…”
1 Corinthians 6:20
     In his second letter to the church at Corinth Paul spoke of the generous gift that the church had collected for the needy in Jerusalem.
     He noted that not only did the gift meet the needs of the Jerusalem saints, it also prompted many to offer thanks for their action.
     “For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ…”  2 Corinthians 9:12-13
     God was glorified not just for the generous gift, but also the selfless gift was evidence of the givers obedience to the gospel message of Christ.
     In his second letter to the church in Thessalonica Paul addressed the glory God would receive when Christ returns to judge those who persecuted His people.  Those presently in that church would also glorify God because of their faith and perseverance.
     “These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord…when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints…that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you…”
 2 Thessalonians 1:9-10, 12
     And then in the final book in the Bible, John recorded the song sung by the saints who had victory over the anti-Christ just prior to the final seven bowl judgments.
     “Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name?  For You alone are holy.  For all nations shall come and worship before You…”
 Revelation 15:4
      All survivors and martyrs of the tribulation will glorify God because there is none like Him.  God alone is holy and all nations will bow before Him during the millennial kingdom.
     And John spoke of God’s glory on the ‘new’ earth.
      In the age of ages New Jerusalem will not require the sun. 
     “The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it.  The Lamb is its light.” Revelation 21:23
     Likewise the saved nations that dwell outside the heavenly city will bring their glory into the city.
     “And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.”  Revelation 21:24
     Therefore, while God’s purpose is His highest creation, i.e. man, God’s purpose for man is to glorify the One who created him.
     Glorifying God should be totally natural for those who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.

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