Matt 17:1-2
To Glorify God

Getting any kind of image of God is very difficult. In fact, that was
one of the many reasons Jesus came into this world, to reveal Godís
image. Jesus told Philip, "Öhe that had seen me hath seen the
Father."  Even so, it is very hard to comprehend.

We believe in the Trinity.  The word trinity in the Latin means
three or triad.  Be very careful, we do not believe in three gods.
That would conflict with Scripture:

Deut 6:4  Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is
one LORD:

We believe in one God who manifest Himself in three persons, that is
in three unique persons all at the same time; and as far as we know,
God has always manifested Himself as three unique persons and always
will.  Because each member of the Trinity has a unique role in the
Trinity, we have a unique responsibility to each Person.
    1. We are to glorify the Father.
    2. We are to exalt the Son.
    3. We are to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

A few months ago, I preached a message on being filled with the Holy
Spirit from Ephesians 5:18.  Tonight for a few moments, Iíd like for
us to consider what it means to glorify the Father.

1Cor 6:20  For ye are bought with a price:
therefore glorify God in your body, and in
your spirit, which are Godís.

    I. What is glory and where does it come from?
        A. A definition
            1. You know that I have looked for years for a suitable
                definition of glory.
            2. The best I ever came up with was that glory was unique
                to God and He left it as a fingerprint on everything
                He touched.
            3. However, a few months ago I came across a new one that
                I think is perfect.
            4. Glory is the outward manifestation of Godís inward
                worth.
                a. When you think of Godís worth, it is immeasurable.
                b. Hence, His glory ought to be as well.
        B. Godís glory seems to manifest itself in a brightness.
            1. Our text says that the Lordís face shone as the son.

Lu 9:29  And as he prayed, the fashion of his
countenance was altered, and his raiment was
white and glistering.

            2. It is not necessarily a light although that is what
                it is compared to in the Bible.
            3. And so it is throughout all of the Bible.

Eze 1:26  And above the firmament that was over
their heads was the likeness of a throne, as
the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon
the likeness of the throne was the likeness
as the appearance of a man above upon it.
27  And I saw as the colour of amber, as
the appearance of fire round about within it,
from the appearance of his loins even upward,
and from the appearance of his loins even
downward, I saw as it were the appearance of
fire, and it had brightness round about.

        C. A fact - The Bible actually attributes glory to other
            beings/things.
            1. Paul speaking of the resurrection, mentions the glory
                that Godís creation has.

1Cor 15:40  There are also celestial bodies,
and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the
celestial is one, and the glory of the
terrestrial is another.

             2. Paul uses the term men and women.

1Cor 11:7  For a man indeed ought not to cover
his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory
of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.

             3. New Jerusalem has the glory of God on it.

Re 21:10  And he carried me away in the spirit
to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that
great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out
of heaven from God,
11  Having the glory of God: and her light was
like unto a stone most precious, even like a
jasper stone, clear as crystal;

             4. The angels at the empty tomb had a glory upon them.

Mt 28:3  His countenance was like lightning, and
his raiment white as snow:

             5. Where did these get their glory?
                 a. I believe that glory came by virtue of that
                     fingerprint process I mentioned earlier.
                 b. Because God created us, we have a measure of
                     Godís glory.
                 c. It is not ours.  That glory is lent to us.
        D. Manís glory fades away.

1Pe 1:24  For all flesh is as grass, and all the
glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass
withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

            1. The life of Moses gives a illustration of manís fading
                glory.

Ex 34:33  And till Moses had done speaking with
them, he put a vail on his face.
34  But when Moses went in before the LORD to
speak with him, he took the vail off, until he
came out. And he came out, and spake unto the
children of Israel that which he was commanded.
35  And the children of Israel saw the face of
Moses, that the skin of Mosesí face shone: and
Moses put the vail upon his face again, until
he went in to speak with him.

            2. If manís glory fades, it wonít be long before we are
                going to have to get a re-charge of else our light
                is going to go out.

   II. With those facts, letís draw some conclusions.  I believe
        there are three things that we need to do (or not do) if we
        are to glorify the Father has He ought to be glorified.
        A. We ought to give God glory.
            1. That we ought to take the glory that God has give to
                us and give it back to Him.
            2. "Give God the glory" - We saw that term all the time.
            3. If we are going to give God glory, we are going to
                have to have some to give.
                a. We remember that man is a leaking vessel.  He can
                    not hold onto to Godís glory for long. (i.e.
                    Moses)
                b. It is possible that everything that is newly
                    created has a tough of Godís glory (i.e. new
                    babyómaybe that is why they are so precious to
                    us.)
                c. But after that new is worn off, the Bible only
                    presents one way to get a new charge of glory.
                    (1) Get into Godís presence.
                    (2) The same as Moses.
                d. Here is yet another reason why we need to pray
                    and to seek Godís face.
                    (1) That we might absorb and bit of Godís glory
                         and have some to give to Him.
                    (2) This is the essence of worship.
                         (a) We plug into God to get glory from Him.
                         (b) At the very same moment we are
                              worshipping Him through praise,
                              testifying, singing, and feasting on
                              His Word.
                    (3) Perhaps we need to think of ourselves as
                         electrical circuits.   We need to first plug
                         into the Power so that we produce some holy
                         light!
            4. You ask, "Will I physically glow?"
                a. If you or I did what Moses did we just might!
                b. He spent 40 days and 40 nights in the presence of
                    God and fasting.
                c. But whether you see the glory or not, God will!
        B. We should not block Godís glory.
            1. Blocking glory has nothing to do with giving God
                glory.
                a. To give God glory we must have been in Godís
                    presence to have any glory to give.
                b. However, we could have been OUT of Godís presence
                    for a long, long time and still be blocking
                    Godís glory.  In fact, in such a case, we likely
                    are!
                c. A new creature in Christ is like a new baby.  He
                    or she is naturally endowed with glory and will
                    radiate it out unless we let sin come in a block
                    it.
            2. We block Godís glory anything God is doing something
                and we put it out.
                a. This can be a work of the Holy Ghostóor any
                    member of the Trinity.
                    (1) That would also be called quenching the
                         Holy Spirit.
                    (2) When the Holy Spirit is doing something that
                         would reveals the worth of God and we get
                         in the way, we blocked Godís glory.
                    (3) This was part of the problem in the text
                         that mentions the unpardonable sin.
                    (4) These wicked people were taking the good
                         works of Godóworks that showed how good
                         kind, and powerful God isóand began to
                         ascribe them to the devil!
                b. This can also be a work that a human being does.
                    (1) The only requirement is that the work being
                         some has to give God gloryóshow His inward
                         worth.
                    (2) If you distract someone while a sinner is
                         singing praise to God or a preacher is
                         bragging on God, you block the light.
                    (3) If you are negative about mission work, you
                         block the light.
                    (4) If God is saving souls and you hinder that
                         work, you block the light.
                    (5) If you express doubt in the word of God (its
                         inspiration or preservation), you block the
                         light.
                    (6) If you live like a heathen after God has
                         saved you, you block the light.
                c. Anything that God does to express His power, His
                    love, His mercy, His justice, or anything else
                    about Himselfóand you hinder or stop that work
                    from going forward, you block Godís glory.
        C. We should not steak Godís glory.
            1. To steal Godís glory is to redirect it to someone
                other than God.
            2. God is workingóeither by Himself or through a
                vesselóto demonstrate His worth; and we claim
                the work or give it to another.
                a. Preachers sometimes take credit for their
                    preaching or the meeting that they have or the
                    church that is growing.
                b. You get a raise at work and you tell everyone how
                    you worked hard and deserve it.
                c. You get sick and get well and then praise Obama-
                    care.
                d. Be careful.
                    (1) There is nothing wrong with giving credit
                         where credit is due.
                         (a) A doctor who studied hard to learn what
                              he needed to know to help.
                         (b) A church that knocked on doors until
                              their knuckles were bleeding to get
                              visitors to come to church.
                         (c) A choir that worked hard to do the best
                              job they could.
                    (2) But when it comes to skill, ability, talent,
                         and even success, the glory is Godís.
            3. Do you remember how Herod died? (Acts 12)

Acts 12:21  And upon a set day Herod, arrayed
in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made
an oration unto them.
22  And the people gave a shout, saying, It is
the voice of a god, and not of a man.
23  And immediately the angel of the Lord smote
him, because he gave not God the glory: and he
was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.
24  But the word of God grew and multiplied.

             4. Donít steal Godís glory.

What about you and tonight?  Have you given God the glory?  Did you
draw close to Him or waste an opportunity.  Every wasted worship
service as a wasted opportunity to give the glory.
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