Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tues 090331 pm Acts 5 & The Glory of God essay

Acts 5

5.1-11 Ananias and Saphira were a great couple in many respects. He was the leader and she was submissive. They had good communication and planning. They did things together. They were unified and loyal. However, they served mammon instead of the Lord, were proud wanting the honor of men, and added the deadly aggravation of pretense which caused them to lie.
5.11 great fear I wonder if this would be better described as "reverent awe" or shaking in your boots afraid.
5.28 His blood on us Check out Matt. 27.25. My how our stories change.
5.30 Peter really makes the contract between man's rejection and God's affirmation of Christ.
5.41 counted worthy to suffer Thinking about whether I am worthy to suffer is very thought provoking. What makes one worthy.

The glory of God

This evening I worked on a definition for the glory of God. I will have to think about it some more, but here is my first draft.
When we speak of the glory of God we usually have one of three things in mind. Many times that the Bible uses the word glory two or three of these meanings are blended.

First, is God’s perfect excellence, the source of His glory.
Eph 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Psa 148:13 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory [is] above the earth and heaven.

Second is the visual manifestation of His glory/excellence. This has a second thought of the presence of God.
Exd 24:17 And the sight of the glory of the LORD [was] like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.
Lev 9:23 And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the people.
Rev 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb [is] the light thereof.

Third is praising God’s glory/excellent or giving honor to God for his glory/excellence. It also has an inference in this context to His reputation.
Luk 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Luk 17:18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. Act 12:23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.
Psa 96:8 Give unto the LORD the glory [due unto] his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.

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