This Sunday we will have the Lord’s Supper so be sure to read 1 Corinthians 11:17-33, and examine ourselves. Confessing our sin, forgiving others as Christ forgives us, and determining to stop known sinful practices. Be sure to read 1 John 1:5-10 as you do this. We will briefly study the last phrase of Romans 5:2 – and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
It will help to look up the definition of hope as that word usually means something not so sure,but that clearly is not how the Bible uses that word; certainty would be more like it.
What is the glory of God? We must go back to the OT to see Moses in Exodus 33:12-23 to see something about this glory. Also check out Exodus 34:29-35 and 2 Corinthians 3:12-18. What was the glory the people could hardly look at?
We also see the glory of Christ at the Mount of Transfiguration in Mark 9:2-7. Light shining, brightness, yes, but even more. Note the use of glory in the birth scenes around Jesus, the conversion of Paul, and the ultimate scene in heaven where Christ receives the glory He prayed to be restored to in John 17:20-25.
Yet, given this definition how do we fulfill the command in 1 Corinthians 10:31? - So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Perhaps to glorify God is to reflect His character in all we do. This makes even the most mundane activity such as washing clothes, changing oil, cooking a meal or taking a walk spiritually significant. Life can never be petty and meaningless with this kind of belief. It is the spiritual Midas Touch.
May the Lord grant us understanding and faith so can truly rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
See you Sunday,