Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

man's purpose- god's glory

9/1/13

 

 

It has been said that man's purpose on earth is to glorify God. What is glory anyway? Does glorification occur in God's mind or someone else's? Can God be exalted in His own mind by what I do, how I act? How could a mere human ever bring glory to the Creator of the Universe- by singing, praying, reading, listening to sermons, by falling down prostrate, by mouthing words of praise?

 

If God demands glorification, how is that different from the thinking of the megalomaniac? How does God's demand for attention, compliance, and obeisance make Him praiseworthy? Would those same things make me praiseworthy?

 

In light of the doctrine of God's omnipotence, it is exceedingly strange to concurrently accept tha, what I as a human being d, could contribute to God's glory. After all, the One who can supposedly do whatever, whenever, hardly needs my confirmation of His exalted state.

 

 

Only divine action can elevate the divine. That divine action can not be of the "bug squishing" variety as taught by Orthodoxy. Such is trivial and demeaning, not exalting and honor worthy.

 

John chapter 12 is the best explanation of God's glorification in the Bible, in my opinion. In verses 37-41 we read the following in the KJV- But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled , which he spake , Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed ? Therefore they could not believe , because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted , and I should heal them. These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.

 

In considering this passage I notice the following:

 

     The evident display of divine power (omnipotence) did not cause belief and glorification. In fact, at times, the miracles of Jesus were even credited to Satan. God's power was not the source of glorification.

 

     The unbelief exhibited by some was the direct result of God's intervention. God apparently did no seek glorification through human belief and understanding (knowledge and compliance).

 

     Despite the unbelief and misunderstanding caused by God, He would still heal and convert. Healing and conversion were to be completely independent of man and his doing. It is 100% based on God's promise and faithfulness. Now, some may want to contend that the verse says God generated unbelief in order that He would not have to heal and convert. That is a patently demeaning way to interpret this verse. What would be the justification for deliberately making healing and conversion impossible? There is none, unless God plays games with men's souls!

 

In concluding that God heals despite man and displays unconditional love and mercy to all, we finally see a true source of glorification for an omnipotent God. Only in forbearance and love could such a One be legitimately exalted. This is a far cry from the glorification of the self obsessed megalomaniac, which takes place in his own mind; it instead the irrepressible due of one who operates according to the greatest, most sublime motive possible.