Jubilee Weekly October 24, 2017

“For His Glory”

I love the book of Ephesians. I believe the primary theme of the book is, “The Walk of the Believer.” The word “walk” has to do with the way we live. The way we live is determined by our relationship with God. We see that relationships established in Ephesians 1:6 –

“God chose us to do the praises of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in His beloved Son.”

What did Paul just declare in that verse? “We were created to glorify God.” In the New King James translation, that verse reads like this – “to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”

Dear friend – let that sink in. God has accepted us because we have received and trusted in His Son, Jesus Christ, and it is all because of His grace…the undeserved, unearned favor of God.

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, sin became a factor. Man’s nature from that point on was tainted by sin. We are sinners by nature and by practice. (Romans 5: 12-21).

Look at what Paul wrote in Ephesians 2: 1-3. “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins in which you previously walked according to this worldly age, according to the ruler of the atmospheric domain (Satan), the spirit now working in the disobedient.

We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclination of our flesh and thoughts and by nature we were children under wrath, as the others were also.”

God is our judge and He is righteous. He cannot and will not simply overlook our sin, because sin violates His nature and brings destruction to the perfect world He created. Sin must be punished – “The wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23) Sin speaks of separation from God. We rightly deserve to be punished because we have sinned. (Romans 3: 23)

The amazing fact is that Jesus came from heaven into our world to take upon Himself our punishment.

WE CAN BE FORGIVEN!

1st. Christ’s death was a sacrifice for our sins. Read these chapters, Hebrews 5-10.
Hebrews 9:22 says, “According to the law, almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.”
• His blood was shed for us; therefore, we can be forgiven. Glory to God!

2nd. The New Testament speaks of Christ’s death as a “propitiation” for our sin.

(Romans 3: 21-26) The Greek word here is HILASMOS. It speaks of an offering that satisfied God’s wrath toward sin. Amazingly, God provided Himself the sacrifice. In 2 Cor. 5: 21, we read – “He (Father) made the One (Christ) who did not know sin, to be son for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

3rd. Christ’s death was a substitution. In Mark 10: 45, we read,” He did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many.” In Galatians 1: 4, we read, “He gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from this present evil age.”

By faith and faith alone, we receive the forgiveness Christ provides through His humiliating death. Folks, we not only get forgiveness – we also receive eternal life. (Ephesians 2: 3-10).

Henry Martyn, an Englishman, served as a missionary in India and Persia in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. When he arrived in India and the city of Calcutta, he cried.”

Let me burn out for God.” As he watched the people prostrating themselves before their pagan idols, and heard blasphemy uttered against Christ, he wrote, “This excited horror in me that I can well express…I could not endure existence if Jesus was not glorified; it would be hell to me, if He were to be always this dishonored.”

Martyn had a passion for God’s glory – and he was in good company.

• In Luke 2: 13-14, we read of angels glorifying God. “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest. And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

• In Psalm 19:1, we read that even the heavens glorify God. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.”

• In Isaiah we read that the animals glorify the Creator. (43: 20) “The beast of the field will honor Me. The jackals and the ostriches. Because I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the dessert, to give a drink to My people, My chosen.”

What about us? What about you and me? We were created in the likeness and image of God. We were created for the express purpose of glorifying God!

• We are to glorify God in every aspect of our lives – even in our eating and drinking. “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Cor. 10-31).

• We are to flee all immortality so that we can glorify God in our bodies. “Flee sexual immorality. Every sin a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price: therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s”

(1 Cor. 6: 18-20)
• Paul in 2 Thess. 1: 12, tells us that we are to walk worthy of our calling, “that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified.”

Let’s take a spiritual inventory of our lives. Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us any areas in our lives that are dishonoring to our LORD and not glorifying His name. Glorifying God is a privilege and should be our constant, consistent aim. What happens when we glorify Him? I believe Jesus Himself gives us the answer in

John 12: 52, “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”

I pray that all of us in Jubilee Fellowship would live intentionally to glorify our wonderful LORD.

For His glory,

Pastor Leonard