2 Samuel 11–12ESV
1 Chronicles 20ESV
2 Samuel 13–15ESV
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- Glorify GodFinish up the series entitled “Return To Me.”We have learned that God is on a mission to redeem the lost world to himself and He has invited us, His followers and church, to join Him in that mission.However, our problem is that we tend to drift away from Him, so He brings upon us discipline that causes to call to Him in repentance.He then restores us to full fellowship.We learned to be close to God we need to Love Him, Love Others, Be Filled with the Spirit, Be Transformed by the Renewing of Our Mind, and join Him by Praying for the Lost.Why do we need to do this?What will I get out of this?What is the purpose to joining God in His Mission?Simply, for His glory.Isaiah 43:7 says, “everyone who bears my name and is created for my glory. I have formed them; indeed, I have made them.”God’s glory is the manifestation of His attributes at work in His world.He alone is worthy of glory.His people glorify Him when their transformed lives testify to God’s design for our lives.We worship and adore Him.We reveal His glory as God bears much lasting fruit through their lives.Through our words and actions we declare His glory to the nations.As we live our lives obediently to His word and give ourselves as a living sacrifice to Him, we bring glory to Him.Now To HimThe first half of Ephesians one long theological discussion.He ends this section with a prayer of praise.It seems that Paul is overwhelmed by the truths he has been privileged to learn.After he prays for the Ephesians, he lifts his voice in praise to the One Who made all this possible.
20 Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us—21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.Ephesians 3:21-21, “Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us—to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”This is considered to be a doxology.The word means a “word of glory.”It is simply a statement of praise that honors the Lord’s majesty, that ascribes glory to Him, that exalts Him.It is a “word of praise.”That is what Paul does in these two verses.Paul is letting us know that despite all that we are asked to do for God, we are not alone.We have help.God Himself!Just who is the one “able” to do?Glory of His AbilityThe word “able” means, “to be capable, strong and powerful.”Our God is a God Who possesses “all power in Heaven and in earth,” Matt. 28:18.God is the God of Creation—“For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and by him all things hold together.” Col. 1:16–17.Our God is the God of Revelation—“He made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he purposed in Christ” Eph. 1:9.Our God is the God of Salvation—“I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me,” Gal. 2:20.Our God is the God of Resurrection—“I was dead, but look—I am alive forever and ever, and I hold the keys of death and Hades.” Rev. 1:18.Paul’s point is that our God is “able” to do all those all things and more, and if He can do all that, then He is more than “able” to give us the great blessings.He is “able” to empower us, Acts 1:8.He is “able” to enable us to know His love, Eph. 3:19, and to show that same love to others, Rom. 5:5.He is “able” to enable us to grasp Who He Is and all that He has done for us in Jesus Christ.Our God is “capable, powerful and strong!” We should praise Him for Who He is!Glory of His AbundanceLook at verse 20 again from the Amplified Bible, “Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—”Paul says that God is able to do, and I love this, “Superabundantly” more that we could ever dare to ask or dream.Warren Weirsbe says, the best way to look at this doxology is to note.
Now unto Him that is
able to do all
abundantly above all
exceeding abundantly above allNow unto Him that is, able to do all, above all, abundantly above all, exceeding abundantly above all.Our thoughts include more than we dare to ask in our prayers; our dreams exceed what we consciously desire.God answers prayer; he even answers unspoken prayers.God can act beyond our ability to ask or even imagine.Paul uses three superlatives to drive home his point: God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above anything we would dare to ask, think, or imagine.God is far above and beyond our finite minds.God “is able” because of his awesome power.To the unfathomable depths of Christ’s love is added the exceeding abundance of his power.Believers can claim Christ’s great love (3:19) and know that his power works in us through the Holy Spirit.Glory In God’s PowerAnother way to look at this is that God empowers us to live for Him.The word power in this verse refers to “inherent power, or the power that resides in a thing because of its nature.When the Lord moved into your life, He came in with power.He came into you to enable you to love Him, love others, and join Him in His mission.The word power in Greek is dunamis, the word we get dynamite from, that power that resurrected Jesus from the dead.Paul uses another word in the book - energeia (energy).Some power is dormant; it is available, but not being used like a battery.But God’s energy is effectual power - power at work in our lives.This power works in us.It is the Holy Spirit who releases the resurrection power of Christ in our lives to live according to God’s ways.A few weeks ago, I came in to turn everything one.Couldn’t the monitor for the computer to come on.Did everything I could, then I thought “Is it plugged in?”I looked at it was, frustrated I checked the power cord connection to the monitor.Lo and behold, it wasn’t pushed in all the way.Once I pushed it in, it came on!Apparently this is what has happened to many Christians.They have been cut off from their source of power.Unbelief, unconfessed sin, careless living, worldliness in action or attitude—all of these can rob us of power.And a Christian robbed of power cannot be used of God. “Without Me, ye can do nothing” (John 15:5).That’s why it is so important to be right with God and whenever you move away to move back as quickly as you can.Who Is To Get The Glory? God!Why does God share His power with us?So that we can build great churches for our own glory?So that we can boast of our own accomplishment? No!No, Paul says, “To Him be glory in the church!”Jesus said the Spirit of God was given to glorify the Son of God (John 16:14).The church on earth is here to glorify the Son of God.If our motive is to glorify God by building His church, then God will share His power with us.The power of the Spirit is not a luxury; it is a necessityBut notice Paul says that God desires His glory in the church and in Christ Jesus.John Stott says, “God desires glory in the bride and in the bridegroom; in the community of peace, and in the Peacemaker” (Ephesians, 141).For how long? Forever.Forever, God will be glorified for His power and love.Forever, God will be glorified by His people.Forever, God will be glorified in Christ Jesus, the Lamb who was slain.Forever, God will be glorified in the Christ, who fell to His knees before the Father in the garden of Gethsemane, who took the cup of wrath that we could receive the cup of grace, who has reconciled us to the Father and one another, and who now dwells in our hearts, through faith by the Spirit.Soli Dei Gratia - To The Glory Of God Alone!Johann Sebastian Bach said, “All music should have no other end and aim than the glory of God and the soul’s refreshment; where this is not remembered there is no real music but only a devilish hub-bub.”At the top of every composition, he wrote the letters: “J. J.”Those initials stand for “Jesus Juva,” which means “Jesus help me.”Bach ended every composition with the letters “S. D.G.”Those letters stand for “Soli Dei gratia” which means “To God alone the praise.”Bach had the glory of God at the heart of every piece of he authored.That same desire should dwell each of our hearts.This moment in time is as good as any for the church to get busy bringing Him glory.Would you commit to living you life, everything you are about, for God’s glory!To God be the glory forever!
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