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The Christian's Response to the Glory of God - Talk About God's Glory - I

2010 Bartimaeus Bible Conference
Monday p.m. - September 13, 2010
Message #1


Proposition: To introduce the idea of addressing the subject of God's glory by examining its significance, importance and practical implications for a Christian's life.


     A. What Do You Think About When You Think About Glory?
        1. Light, Radiance, Brightness, Splendor, Shining?
        2. A Manifestation of God
        3. An Excellent Reputation (Honor) 
        4. A Reflection of God
        5. A Splendid, Remarkable Appearance
        6. Shekinah
     B. How Extensive Is the Revelation of Glory and Its Forms in 
          the New Testament?
        1. An Opinion or Estimate
        2. Heavenly Bodies and Brightness of the Heavens
        3. Magnificence of Resources (cities, lands, clothing, wealth, etc.)
        4. Majesty - of God, Messiah
        5. Location in the Third Heaven
        6. God's Presentation of Himself
     C. Why Talk About God's Glory and His Being Glorified in Christians?
        1. He Is the Final Authority
        2. He Is the Perfect God
        3. True Excellence Exists in God and for God
     D. Do You Know Any Songs About God's Glory and the Christian?


     A. The Verb "to Glorify" (doxazw) [doxadzo]
        1. 62 times in the Whole NT
        2. 22 times in Church Revelation
        3. 2 times in the Book of Revelation
     B. The Noun "Glory" (doxa) [doxa]
        1. 168 times in the whole New Testament
        2. 107 times in Church Revelation
        3. 17 times in the Book of Revelation
     C. Other Derivatives
        1. sundoxazw (sundoxadzo) - 1 time (Rom. 8:17)
        2. endoxoj (endoxos) - 4 times (ex. Eph. 5:27)
        3. endoxazomai (endoxadzomai) - 2 times (2 Thess. 1:10, 12)
        4. kenodoxoj (kenodoxos) - 1 time [Gal. 5:26]
        5. paradoxoj (parsundoxos) - 1 time (Luke 5:26)


     A. To Think, Suppose, Be of an Opinion
     B. An Opinion, an Estimate Concerning Someone
     C. One's Opinion of One's Self
     D. Of God - It Is God's Opinion of Himself
        1. The Persons of the Godhead Have Chosen to Reveal Some of Their Glory
        2. The Persons of the Godhead Have Not Revealed All of Their Glory
        3. Human Beings Are Incapable of Comprehending God's Glory
        4. God Graciously Can Show His Opinion of Himself Through Christians
     E. God Always Matches Up to His Opinion of Himself
     F. God Is Exactly Who and What He Says He Is

     A. The Plan for the Incarnation
        1. The Persons of the Godhead Shared the Same Essence and Eternal Glory
        2. God the Son Shared the Glory Equally with the Father and 
           the Holy Spirit
        3. God the Son Set Aside His Personal Glory in His Incarnation
        4. The Person of God the Son Took on a Human Nature That 
           Acquired a Glory
     B. The Father Was Glorified by Jesus Christ - Jn. 12:28 (The Coming 
        of the Hour)

KJV John 12:28  Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from
heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.

     C. The Son of Man Was Glorified and the Father Was Glorified in
        Him - Jn. 13:31, 32

KJV John 13:31  Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son
of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32 If God be glorified in him, 
God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.

     D. Jesus Christ Works and the Father Is Glorified - Jn. 14:13

KJV John 14:13  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that
the Father may be glorified in the Son.

     E. Jesus' Attitude Toward Glory in the John 17 Communication with
        the Father
        1. Reciprocity of the Hour - Jn. 17:1

KJV John 17:1  These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven,
and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may
glorify thee:

        2. Glorified in Work Given - 17:4 

KJV John 17:4  I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work
which thou gavest me to do.

        3. Father, Glorify the Son with the Eternal Glory - Jn. 17:5

KJV John 17:5  And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with
the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

        4. I Am Glorified in All Things - Jn. 17:9, 10

KJV John 17:9  I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which
thou hast given me; for they are thine.

KJV John 17:10  And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am
glorified in them.

     F. Believer's Bearing Fruit Bring Glory to God the Father - Jn. 15:8

KJV John 15:8  Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so
shall ye be my disciples.

     G. The Provision for Sharing the Glory by the Church - Jn. 17:20-22

KJV John 17:20  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which
shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as
thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us:
that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which
thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:


KJV 1 Timothy 3:15  But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou
oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the
living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 16 And without controversy
great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified
in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in
the world, received up into glory.

     A. Behavior in the Church of the Living God - 15
     B. The Mystery of Godliness - 16 
     C. God Was Manifested in the Flesh
     D. Godliness Is Profitable Concerning (lit. Facing) All Things

KJV 1 Timothy 4:7  But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise
thyself rather unto godliness. 8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but
godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now
is, and of that which is to come.

     E. Godliness with Contentment Is Great Gain - 1 Tim. 6:5, 6

KJV 1 Timothy 6:5  Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute
of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

TRANS: God can be glorified through Christians in that we can show His opinion of Himself as we permit Him to work in us and through us. He can manifest His character in us. This is godliness.