The Glory of Christ

Glory

So, I honestly think every Christian should meditate and dwell on Scripture as much as possible like a steak marinading in steak sauce. But this passage especially because it’s definitely one of the filet mignon’s of Scripture. To summarize the passages highlights that we have looked at in the two previous post I would say this: We see the inheritance of God given, the predestination of God explained, the gospel of God proclaimed, and the sealing of the Spirit applied, and all for this purpose: to praise of the glory of Christ because he has accomplished all this through his life, death, resurrection, and ascension.

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

This passage is about the glory of Christ. It’s about how God has made a way for us to enjoy him, to glorify him, and to adore him. Every human longs to be a part of something great, and that something great that every human needs is this: the glory of Christ. To glorify ourselves, or anything other than God will leave us empty. We see it all the time; the world glorifies everything but Christ, but the Christian has been shown that Christ alone is the one who truly satisfies the longing soul. Ephesians 1:11-14 shows us the chief end of man; as the Westminster Confession of faith has said, “the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.” If we boiled this passage down to one point it is the glory of Christ. This passage though doesn’t just tell us that we ought to glorify Christ, it tells us why we ought to glorify Christ. Christ has given us an eternal inheritance to live in the new heavens and earth with God forever. And what are these reasons? Christ has given us his Spirit to live in us as a guarantee of our inheritance, and because the Spirit will never leave us, we know that we will never be lost. The Father has predestined us for salvation and this inheritance because of his sovereign and free goodness. The Spirit has applied this salvation and has sealed us unto glory. And how is all this possible? Because of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is all a reality because of the good news that Christ has lived the life we should have lived and died the death that we deserved. He has born our sins and carried our sorrows (Isaiah. 53). He carried all your sins to the cross and how can you know for a fact they were paid for? He rose from the dead. What a Savior, what a friend. Remember the great truth today Christian that the reason you are alive is to glorify Christ. There is nothing else that makes sense to live for in light of this passage alone, not to mention all the rest of the Bible. In the spirit of advent then, which is around the corner, let us sing then with John Francis Wade a song that emphasizes the heart of this passage,

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

We’ll praise his name forever,
we’ll praise his name forever,
we’ll praise his name forever,
Christ the Lord.

We’ll give him all the glory,
we’ll give him all the glory,
we’ll give him all the glory,
Christ the Lord.

For he alone is worthy,
for he alone is worthy,
for he alone is worthy,
Christ the Lord.

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