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.