Many have tried to define the glory of God. The Bible often describes it as a light far brighter than anything seen on earth. But what does that mean for us as Christians? In this selection of sermons, Alistair Begg examines what the Bible says about the glory of the Lord, reminding us that we are to give Him the glory He is due.
An inheritance is something of value that is promised to members of a family. Writing to the Ephesians, Paul explained that in Christ, both Jews and Gentiles have obtained an inheritance of eternal life in God's family, fulfilling the Lord's plan for unity. Alistair Begg helps us understand how being in Christ affects a believer's daily life as the Holy Spirit leads and strengthens us to live, not for ourselves, but for the glory of God.
Some passages of the Bible extol God's character, and it can be tempting to rush through these sections in search of more practical aspects. However, Alistair Begg suggests that taking time to consider the attributes of God is how we maintain a proper perspective of Him and ourselves. Careful consideration of how powerful, perfect, and praiseworthy God is will change our thinking, our actions, and our experience of security.
In Daniel’s day, King Nebuchadnezzar looked out at Babylon and glorified himself for the kingdom he thought he’d created. God, however, sent him disturbing dreams, along with Daniel as an interpreter, to awaken his spirit. As a result, the king’s pride in himself gave way to praise of God. As Alistair Begg relates, while we may have empires of our own, the concept of soli Deo gloria—“glory to God alone”—should be a reality in our lives, as well.
Solomon’s prayer at the dedication of the Lord’s temple acknowledged that no earthly dwelling could hold the God of creation. The wonder of the incarnation, Alistair Begg explains, is that an uncontainable God took on flesh and became Immanuel, “God with us.” God's plan has always been a person, not a place. Jesus’ glory outshone that of the temple, and His death enables us to draw near to God. Though ascended to heaven, Christ still dwells among His Church, a new temple of “living stones” unified by the work of the Holy Spirit.
What would you tell a young Christian about how to live? The Apostle Paul tells Timothy what to do in 2 Timothy 3. Using this passage and texts from Isaiah, Philippians, and Hebrews, Alistair Begg reminds us that we should strive to live a humble life, focused on God’s glory and trusting God’s grace. When we choose to seek God’s glory over our own, we will know that we have begun to live according to the pattern of Scripture.
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