Sunday, January 03, 2010

Biblical Evidence for God Sharing Some of His Glory with His Creatures

By Dave Armstrong (1-3-10)

Here are many biblical instances (both explicit and undeniable and likely, plausible, but not indisputable examples) of God sharing His glory with men or (to put it another way) giving them glory, too.

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Psalm 8:5 Yet thou hast made him little less than God, and dost crown him with glory and honor.

Psalm 149:4-5, 9 For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with victory. [5] Let the faithful exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their couches. . . . [9] . . . This is glory for all his faithful ones. Praise the LORD!

Proverbs 16:31 A hoary head is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.

Proverbs 28:12 When the righteous triumph, there is great glory; . . .

Isaiah 17:3 . . . and the remnant of Syria will be like the glory of the children of Israel, says the LORD of hosts.

Isaiah 60:1-2 Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. [2] For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.

Isaiah 60:4 . . . the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.

Lamentations 3:17-18 my soul is bereft of peace, I have forgotten what happiness is; [18] so I say, "Gone is my glory, and my expectation from the LORD."

Ezekiel 10:19 And the cherubim lifted up their wings and mounted up from the earth in my sight as they went forth, with the wheels beside them; and they stood at the door of the east gate of the house of the LORD; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them.

Ezekiel 11:22 Then the cherubim lifted up their wings, with the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them.

Daniel 2:37 You, O king, the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, and the might, and the glory,

Daniel 5:18 O king, the Most High God gave Nebuchadnez'zar your father kingship and greatness and glory and majesty;

Mark 10:37 And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory."

John 5:44 How can you believe, who receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

John 17:22 The glory which thou hast given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,

Romans 2:6-7, 9-10 For he will render to every man according to his works: [7] to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; . . . [9] There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, [10] but glory and honor and peace for every one who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek.

Romans 5:2 Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God.

Romans 9:22-23 What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience the vessels of wrath made for destruction, [23] in order to make known the riches of his glory for the vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory,

2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

Ephesians 3:16-19 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man, [17] and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, [18] may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, [19] and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fulness of God.

1 Thessalonians 2:12 to lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.

2 Thessalonians 2:14 To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 6:4 . . . partakers of the Holy Spirit,

1 Peter 4:14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.

1 Peter 5:1 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ as well as a partaker in the glory that is to be revealed. (cf. 5:4)

2 Peter 1:3-4 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, [4] by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, that through these you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of passion, and become partakers of the divine nature.


Ken said...

Romans 8:17 / 5:1-2 and other passages - sharing in His glory vs. the glory that is alone God's (11:33-36) - what we mean by "Soli Deo Gloria"(to God alone be the glory)

John Piper explains the difference between Romans 8:17 and “sharing in His glory” . . .

. . . And Romans 11:33-26 – all the glory is His.

Our glorification is the redemption of our bodies in heaven; derived from being united with Christ by grace. Romans 8:28-30

"To God alone be the glory" (Soli Deo Gloria) was intended to fight against any credit and merit that man would take for his/her salvation and the worship and veneration of Mary and saints that in emphasis took worship away from God.

Ken said...

Soli Deo Gloria - to God alone be the glory, was historically meant to teach that salvation is solely from God; "Salvation is of the Lord" - Jonah 2:9; and that no prayers to Mary or other saints should be made for that takes glory away from God. God shares His glory with us in heaven in our glorified bodies and conforming us to the image of Christ; but that is His work; we are not to try to "help Him out" (in showing creatures that they will also be glorified) by making and adding statues (idols) and prayers to others in the worship services.

Adomnan said...

Ken: Soli Deo Gloria - to God alone be the glory

Adomnan: This is a lie, because, as Dave has shown, the Bible teaches that God shares His glory with us -- and yes, it is HIS glory.

And what is the divine glory? It is nothing other than the divine nature itself, which II Peter tells us that God "shares with us." It's not just a matter of "bodies in heaven." (The bodies of the glorified will be on a renewed earth anyway.)

And yes, God does indeed share His glory with Mary and the saints, and they are worthy of veneration precisely because they "share in the divine nature." (II Peter)

You deny the greatest promises of God. You deny the gospel.

Ken said...

All believers in Christ are "partakers of the divine nature" - 2 Peter 1:4

All believers are saints - Colossians 1:1; Ephesians 1:1, Philippians 1:1, etc.

not just Mary (and the others the RCC canonizes as "saints")

It is wrong, unbiblical, and idolatrous to make statues of them and pray to them and kiss them and bow down before them.

I do not deny the gospel nor the promises of God.

Adomnan said...

Ken: All believers in Christ are "partakers of the divine nature" - 2 Peter 1:4

Adomnan: And to the extent that believers share in the divine nature, they are worthy of veneration.

Or are you saying that every believer has an equal share of God's glory and nature? This would mean, of course, that glory could not be increased.

Ken: All believers are saints - Colossians 1:1; Ephesians 1:1, Philippians 1:1, etc.

Adomnan: But not all believers are equally "saints:" that is, equally holy. Otherwise, no could grow in holiness, and there would be no growth in sanctification.

Ken: not just Mary (and the others the RCC canonizes as "saints")

Adomnan: Why do you hate so much paying due respect to those who are better and holier than you? Or is no one better and holier than you? Sounds like pride to me.

Ken: It is wrong, unbiblical, and idolatrous to make statues of them and pray to them and kiss them and bow down before them.

Adomnan: Is it wrong to make statues of presidents and other eminent people? Have you seen those idol temples in Washington? One is called "the Lincoln Memorial," the other "the Jefferson Memorial." Disgusting, aren't they?

I have even seen people kiss the flag!! Not to mention the idolatrous curtseying that young women used to do -- and all that bowing to royals and in Japan and on and on. Let Calvinist contempt, discourtesy and rudeness prevail everywhere, right? (Although I bet Calvin himself bowed deeply to a lot of people in power and made his followers bow to him.)