(c) 1997, 2001 William R. Cunningham
The purpose of this study is to introduce the concept of glorification relative to a Christian in the New Testament church. We will define, examine scriptures, and extract the basic truths of glorification to heighten our understanding of it.
GLORIFY means to give glory, honor, or high praise to; exalt. To give glory to, especially through worship.
GLORY means Great honor, praise, or distinction accorded by common consent; renown. Something conferring honor or renown. Adoration, praise, and thanksgiving offered in worship.
"To give glory" is to praise, to recognize the importance of another, the weight the other carries in the community. In the Psalms people give such glory to God, that is they recognize the essential nature of His Goodness that gives Him importance and weight in relationship to the human worshiping community.
GLORIFICATION is the act of glorifying or the state of being glorified
WORSHIP means the reverent love and devotion accorded a deity, an idol, or a sacred object. Ardent devotion; adoration.
Human response to the perceived presence of the divine, a presence which transcends normal human activity and is holy. We worship God for who He is.
PRAISE One of humanitys many responses to Gods revelation of Himself. An expression of approval, commendation, or admiration. We praise God for what He has done.
We will use the following definition of glorification: The act of giving great honor and praises to God usually in worship.
Lets examine some scriptures in the Bible that refer to glorification.
The term glorify in this scripture refers to magnifying or lifting up God. That could also mean to boast about God in praise and worship
The word glorify in this verse refers to praise (aloud). David will praise God because of his love.
The term thanksgiving means gratitude directed towards God (except Luke 17:9; Acts 24:3; Rom. 16:4), generally in response to Gods concrete acts in history. The term glorify in this verse refers to magnifying as in lifting up in praise. Therefore, David will lift up or magnify God by giving thanks.
The term glorify in this verse refers to the weightiness (importance to David and people in general) of God. The term name refers to the very character and authority of God. Gods name was God because it represented who God was. This is why the Hebrew people were so meticulous about using the name of the Lord.
The above two scriptures record the praises that came from Nebuchadnezzar after he "regained his sanity." The glorified and glorify refers to the uplifting or exaltation of God.
Here Mary states that her soul exalts the Lord. That is, here inner being exalts the Lord.
The shepherds here begin to praise and exalt God after they witnessed the things concerning the birth of Jesus.
The term glorified here refers being full of glory, honor, or to magnify.
As one cannot rightfully exalt himself, so Jesus does not glorify himself. The glory that Jesus would get would be induced by the Father or come from God.
Jesus would be glorified by the glory of God from the raising of Lazarus from the dead. Both God and the son would obtain praises and worship because of the miracle of resurrection.
This scripture implies that Peters martyrdom would bring glory to God.
Paul teaches here that those who are justified, that is made righteous, were also glorified by God.
Here we see an implication that our lives can cause the pagans to glorify God.
Ways We Glorify God
We saw in the above scriptures that God can be glorified by our lifestyle or the things that we do. The following are just some areas that we can be conscious of to glorify God in.
(1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV) "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it
all for the glory of God."
There are some major points that we notice upon reviewing the scriptures above.
God wants us to glorify, that is, honor him. To God be the glory, honor, and praise.
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