This post combines items from two different articles both put up on the same day — today — from a new blog* simply called Glorify.
…Jonathan Edwards persuaded me that glorifying God is God’s main purpose in creating the world and man’s chief purpose as well in his rigorous dissertation, The End for Which God Created the World. With a few brief examples of this theme in Scripture, I refer to Christ’s prayer to His Father before His death, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you… I glorified you on earth… And now Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory I had with you before the world existed,” (John 17:1,3,4-5).
Everything, even the most routine things in life, should be done to glorify God. Paul says this applies to, eating, to drinking, or to whatever we do, (I Corinthians 10:31). These actions should take in mind the love, the righteousness, the power, and the holiness of God…
If we are to glorify God, how should we understand the word glory?
Jonathan Edwards elaborates on the meaning of glory, and I take the following observations from his work, “The End for Which God Created the World.” The word ‘glory’ in Hebrew comes from a root word meaning: to be heavy, to make heavy, or heavy. The word for glory also means ‘gravity, heaviness, greatness, and abundance.’
The word is used in several different contexts in Scripture, including an 1) internal quality, 2) the display of that internal quality, as in a light, 3) the knowledge of God’s greatness, and 4) the quality eliciting praise.
- Think of it as something of immense weight and abundance-“And Haman recounted to them the [glory] of his riches…” (Esther 5:11).
- Think of it as light- “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ,” (II Corinthians 4:6).
- Think of it as knowledge- “But truly, as I live, and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD,” (Numbers 14:21).
- Think of it as praise- “I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols,” (Isaiah 42:8).
For a more detailed treatment of this, please read: Edwards, Jonathan. The End for Which God Created the World, Sect VI.
*I told some people at the beginning of the summer that I wanted to use Thinking Out Loud and Christianity 201 to encourage new bloggers, but this one is really new. Not having a track record to follow is risky, but while I don’t know the person who posted this, I trust Jonathan Edwards’ writing!