Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, believers have been “begotten again” to a living hope, and that hope includes the glory of God. But what do we mean by “the glory of God”?
The glory of God means the sum of all that God is and does. “Glory” is not a separate attribute or characteristic of God, such as His holiness, wisdom, or mercy. Everything He is and does is characterized by glory. He is glorious in wisdom and power, so that everything He thinks and does is marked by glory.
He reveals His glory in Creation, in His dealings with the people of Israel, and especially in His plan of salvation for lost sinners.
When we were born for the first time, we were not born for glory. Whatever feeble glory man has will eventually fade and disappear, but the glory of the Lord is eternal.
The works of man done for the glory of God will last and be rewarded. But the selfish human achievements of sinners will one day vanish to be seen no more. One reason that we have encyclopedias is so that we can learn about the famous people who are now forgotten!
Meditate on: “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass” (1 Peter 1:24). “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever” (1 John 2:17).
Read: Psalm 19.
Action assignment: Write in your own words how you would explain “the glory of God” to someone. Talk with God about your desire to bring Him glory and honor through your life.
WARREN W. WIERSBE