Soli Deo Gloria 4


There is the eternal glory of the Godhead which existed before our creation came into being:  And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was (Jn 17:5).  There is the glory of the unfallen created order, which knew neither separation nor banishment from its Creator:  And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory (Is 6:3).  There is the glory of the fallen image bearers, willingly intoned from the heart of every redeemed sinner who has been made a saint through the meritorious work of Another: But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. (1 Pe 5:10).

Then there is the glory of recognition by which every fallen image bearer must confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Ph 2:11).  And there is the glory which men endeavour to withhold, but which nevertheless still is:  And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory (Rev 16:9).  This glory is a glory which demonstrates the sovereignty of the Creator, the awful power and majesty of a Being through whom all things have their being.

And yet the notion of ‘glory’ is not one which resonates in that awful place of separation; hell.  For the reflected glory of God in sinners saved shall be brought into the new heaven and new earth:  And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it (Rev 22:6), but reference to God’s glory although necessarily present in the righteous judgement of impenitent sinners, is not expanded, elevated or explored in the Bible’s final few chapters but rather is negatively affirmed: there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life (v. 27).

May the Lord graciously draw in many more souls through that blessed and only Door before the end shall come.  Although He will have glory in mercy and in judgement yet He delights in answering our foreordained prayers, having no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live (Ez 33:11).

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The point of no return

Every foul, ungodly pleasure

every time of stolen leisure,

will be paid for, after death

in hellish climes’ infernal breath.

 

Every chance to turn and seek

all times the Lord did seem to speak,

will be charged to your soul’s account

your living death, the full amount.

 

Every pang of conscience killed

impenitence, deceit self willed,

will be forever dwelled upon

God’s image lost, yet never gone.

 

Every thought of gratitude

dispersed amongst the multitude,

will be in hell, no mercy, how?

rejecting Christ, you’re Satan’s now.

Solo Christo 4

The glory of Christ is at times overwhelming, and words cannot do Him justice.  Take Colossians 1, for example, where the apostle Paul uses grammatical particles in ever increasing ascendancy to express the pre-existing and perpetual operation and activity of Christ in creation and regeneration: of his dear Son (v. 13), in whom (v. 14), through his blood (v. 14) by him (v. 16), for him (v. 16), before all things (v. 17), in him (v. 19).

This is followed in due course by conveying something of our blessed identity and position in Him: In the body of his flesh (v. 22), in his sight (v. 22), Christ in my flesh (v. 24), Christ in you (v. 27), perfect in Christ Jesus (v. 28).  It is as if there is no higher form of grammatical closeness and intimacy which can be employed to express the amazing, most exalted and unmerited condition of being a Christian.

It reminds me of the apostle’s inability to express his paradisal experience which he described as being unspeakable and not lawful for a man to utter (2 Cor 12:4).  But praise God that this is so, for the body of Christ, unlike the organisations and cultures of the world, will bring the unlearned, unesteemed seeker into mutually loving and full fellowship with the seasoned, sanctified saint.

Surely all we who were once individually and corporately blinded by the god of this world (2 Cor 4:4) can now say together by God’s grace that, whatever losses, crossess or failings we may experience in this world, nevertheless we have the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16).