Glory and HonorBro. David Chancellor
8/22/2010 11:00 AM
But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life. But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile; For there is no respect of persons with God.
God will render to every man according to his deeds. What we will receive depends on what we seek after. God is not prejudiced. What matters is how you are living and what you’re seeking after. Following after the world won’t bring glory and honor. Glory and honor are found only in Christ.
2 Peter 1:16-18
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
Peter describes what they saw/heard on the mount of transfiguration. "For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." This is what we live for: to hear from God that we are his and he is pleased with us. Glory – a high opinion; honor – a high value. God valued Christ highly. He had a high opinion of him. Through Christ’s blood, we can be in this place, too. "Beloved, now are we the sons of God…" – 1 John 3:2a. Now we are his children. It is a great honor. Because of Christ, we can now be sons of God, too. He loves us, too, and values us highly.
And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me, and where I am, there shall also my servant be; if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
If you would receive honor from God, serve him in this life. If we serve him, he claims us as his own. Seek the honor that comes from God.
2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
"…brethren beloved of the Lord…" God values his people highly and you should, too. The path of our life is God’s choosing. He chose to save our souls. He has called you to walk with him. Walk with him so that he can be pleased with you. Walk with him and be obedient to him. Hear him say that he’s well-pleased with you. "Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle." Hold fast to this so that at the end of every day God can be pleased with you.
"Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work." God can make it possible for us to do good works. It is possible, through Christ, for us to be pleasing to God.
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.
Jesus was made capable of suffering death. Every thing was made for and by him. Jesus brought us to glory. He’s not ashamed to join himself to us. He made it possible to walk and please God here. To have God pleased with you is better than anything else. We have the assurance that God claims us and is pleased with us as we walk with him in this life, no matter what else might come.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ: if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectations of the creature waiteth for the manifestations of the sons of God.
God works in his sons. It would have been possible to live somewhere and just be a servant. When we were brought in, we were adopted to be his children. God has put his name on us.
"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." We’ve received the honor, but we should also receive his glory by being partakers in his sufferings. There are things for us to go through. God’s glory will rest on those who suffer to be willing to do what he would have us to do. Don’t give in to anything that would cause you to back away from God. Walk with him and do what he would have you to do. Our relationship to God can have honor and glory when we stay close to God. We can know we are children of God. Don’t let God go as you go through trials. Be like Christ now and get God’s approval.