Tuesday, June 13, 2006

4. God will be Glorified in His Son

.... If we understand the good purpose of God in glorifying Himself in all things, as outlined in Section 3 (above), we must next understand the mystery of His will in accomplishing this goal:

.... " . . . having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth- in Him."

(Eph 1:9-10)

.... It is important to understand that God will be glorified on the Day of Judgment through Jesus Christ alone, so that none of us will be able to stand in the Judgment on the basis of our own, personal merit, or by any other credentials apart from Him. For this cause, too, the Scriptures have confined all under sin, which we will discuss in Section 6.
.... In other words, it is Christ the Firstborn who has saved us, indwells us, and conforms us to His own image that He may bring many sons to glory, so that it may be be said: "he who glories, let him glory in the Lord" (1 Cor 1:29-31). He Himself becomes our fruit to eternal life, for God the Father has set His seal on Him (John 6:27). The work is entirely His own (Phil 1:6; Eph 2:10), and His own charge (1 Cor 1:8; Eph 3:21; 1 Thes 5:24).
Thus, any good that appears within us will entirely owe itself to Jesus on that Day, and we will have nothing in ourselves of which to boast (1 Cor 1:8; Eph 2:8-10; Phil 2:13). For "of His fullness all we have received, and grace for grace." (John 1:16); and it is through His own handiwork that we will be: "Renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him . . . Christ is all and in all." (Col 3:10-11).


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