Most literature begins with some intriguing premise that the reader is asked to take hold of as a foundation for what is to come. Once the story line is established, it is imperative that there be a consistent thread that weaves the pages together and arrives at a climax that is reliable, true, and unswerving from that thread. It ties the end to the beginning. The history that the Bible puts forth is unfailing in accomplishing that end.
The Bible is not the story of man. It is the story of God and His glory. God was perfectly content in Himself and by Himself in the dwelling together of the Trinity. He was self-sufficient; self glorified; self magnified; all knowing, powerful and eternal. He had and has no need of anything, including you and I.
By God’s glorious wisdom and will, He determined to display His glory and make it known. The Bible is the account of God and His glory from cover to cover. For the first five days of creation God displayed His glory in everything you can see, hear, smell and touch. The declaration of God’s glory shouts clearly and without fail day after day. It is still speaking today.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
There is no doubt that the glory of the Lord can be seen in the world around us. A midsummer sunset; water trickling through the rocks as it flows through a wooded stream; the incredible brilliance of a starry night as you stand transfixed while gazing at the magnificence of the Milky Way. The examples of God’s glory in nature around us are endless. They are speaking, and still speaking if you’ll take time to listen. They are declaring God is glorious whether anyone listens and notices or not!
Like a seasoned artist, God’s greatest work was left to the end. His greatest expression of glory would reveal His very Nature. God, Himself, IS the ultimate essence and purest manifestation of glory. Since God set out to demonstrate and make His glory known, His work wouldn’t be finished until He showed it ALL. On the sixth day of creation God did exactly that.
Gen 1: 26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;”
Adam was the mirror reflection of God Himself in all His glory and splendor. (I didn’t say Adam was, or became a God.) Adam (man) was exactly what God intended. God got EXACTLY what He wanted; the ultimate demonstration of Himself in all His glory exhibited in His creation, the man Adam. This next sentence is important! What God intended then, He still desires today.
Man sinned. The glory of the Lord departed and what God intended was no more. But, that didn’t mean that this, the greatest demonstration of His glory in man wasn’t what He still wanted. It was, and is. We don’t see the glory of God manifested to this high degree until the days of Jesus Christ, the second Adam.
Colossians 1:15 He is the (visible) image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
John 14:9b He who has seen Me has seen the Father;
The glory of the Lord manifest in the person of Jesus must have been something to behold. I sometimes wonder if the most obvious manifestation of His glory wasn’t a pure and true display of His nature exhibited as the Fruit of the Spirit?
Galatians 5:22-23 The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
The Fruit of the Spirit isn’t something we put on and take off like clothing. The Fruit of the Spirit is an outward manifestation of an inward revelation. If you’ve become “a new creature in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:17), the fruit of the Spirit begins to show as we grow. It radiates out of this new nature of God freely given us as a gift.
In Creation God got what He wanted, man exhibiting the glory of God for the purpose of glorifying God. That plan never ceased being the plan; even after the first Adam sinned. We saw that glory that God wanted made known in the second Adam, Jesus Christ. Now what happens? Has God’s plan changed? No. It’s still what He wants. The responsibility and mantle has shifted.
1 Cor. 12:27 Now YOU are the BODY of Christ, and MEMBERS INDIVIDUALLY.
That means that we together, as “members individually”, make up the glorious, unified, and single, Body of the living Christ on the Earth today. We individuals, TOGETHER, are to display God’s glory. TOGETHER. One Body. Many parts, acting individually, yet as the Body and ministry of Jesus Christ, together to glorify the Father.
God’s glory was displayed in Adam and God got what He wanted. God’s glory was displayed in Jesus on the Earth and God got what He wanted. Now YOU (together) are the BODY of Christ and God still wants what He wants! Every part in place fulfilling our individual roles, making up One Body for the glory of God the Father. How can Jesus do ministry through His Body the church, when people don’t know they ARE His Body and as such are to fulfill His ministry? Maybe there are some in the church, His Body, who are just plain not involved in doing His ministry. That would mean there were MISSING Body parts! Your part IS of God.
TOGETHER we are the Body of Christ in the world today. Therefore, “Your Ministry Matters”.
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