The glory of God, human tragedy and the extraordinary work of redemption


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Christians often say that we must do things for "the glory of God" (1 Cor 10:31). That is a very common language among us. But what does that phrase really mean? In what sense can we glorify God? Obviously, we can not make God more glorious than He is intrinsically; but we can, and must, do things with the intention of manifesting to some extent the attributes that make God a Being full of glory.
The psalmist tells us in Ps. 19 that "the heavens tell the glory of God"; If a person observes the universe without prejudice, he should come to the conclusion that God exists and that he is a Being full of power and wisdom. Just as the genius of an artist is known for his works, the glory of God is clearly manifested through the things He has done. None of us has seen Rembrandt or Michelangelo or Leonardo Da Vinci, but we have seen through their works the amazing artistic capacity they had. For in the same way, although in an infinitely r sense, we see a display of the glory of God through the things He has done.
Now, if we were created to show in all the things we do how glorious our God is, then the greatest of our sins is not theft, nor adultery or murder, but the voluntary decision not to fulfill that purpose for the which we were created (compare Rom 3:23). Man has decided to live for his own glory, doing his will, obeying his own desires; completely outside the opinion of God.
A few years ago I read an illustration that can help us understand the magnitude of this problem. The US government devotes a lot of time, effort and money to train and equip its military forces that are supposed to defend the nation from external or internal aggression. Imagine what would happen if it was discovered that a battalion of the US Army had been diverting all resources that the government provides to an al-Qaeda terrorist cell and helping them plan a lethal attack against the US. Surely all those involved would be judged for high treason and punished with the maximum penalty.
For that is exactly what man has done with his Maker. God created us and equipped us so that we could live for His glory. He gave us a mind to think, a heart to feel, a will to decide, a body to serve him and a mouth to praise. But man has corrupted all those gifts and abilities, using them for his own glory and to carry out his own dietario. That is nothing but high treason and the worst kind!
It was precisely to solve that problem that Christ came into the world. He came to seek and save what was lost, paying our debt with divine justice by dying in our place on the cross of Calvary. He came to reconcile man with God. To restore our personalities damaged by sin so that we can fulfill, although still imperfectly, the purpose for which we were created (Rom 11:36).
It was not a free passage to heaven that Christ purchased on the cross; He died "so that those who live may no longer live for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them" (2 Corinthians 5:14).
© By Sugel Michelén. All Captive thoughts. You can reproduce and distribute this material, as long as it is non-profit, without altering its content and recognizing its author and provenance.

Author: Sugel Michelén
He studied for the ministry in 1979. Later he was sent by the Biblical Church of the Lord Jesus Christ (IBSJ), in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to the city of Puerto Plata, to begin a work there. But at the end of 1983 he was called to be part of the IBSJ pastor corps, where he serves the Lord since then, regularly exposing the Word on Sundays. He is also the author of the blog All Thought Captive.


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