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BAC Sermons

Glorifying God


1Co 10:31 Whether ye eat, or drink, or whatever ye do, do all to the glory of God.


Glory = Manifestation of God's inherent power and rulership which results in supreme worth being attributed to Him


God is inherently glorious. He is glorified whenever He is seen or shows up. We can bring Him glory by:

1) Acknowledging the supreme worth of God through our unreserved heart-mind-soul-strength obedience


2) Living our lives in such risky dependence upon Him that He regularly intervenes in answering our prayers.


3) Proclaiming to others how God has revealed Himself both in answering our prayers and in His Word.


4) Demonstrating the character of God in our own lives so He is revealed through us to others (now and then)


5) Developing Christlike character in others (disciplemaking) so the above means can be multiplied


Glory is:

Glow (Good Name) of God

To be heavy, important, (as the liver); To make God look good in the eyes of others, increase His reputation

03519 kabowd from 03513; TWOT 943 n m  glory, honour, abundance, splendour, dignity, reputation 

03513 kabad BDB=to be heavy, be weighty, be grievous, be rich, be honourable, be glorious, be burdensome, be honoured

1391 doxa =opinion, judgment, view, estimate, opinion, splendour, brightness of the moon, sun, stars, magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity, grace, majesty of supreme ruler, angels in their exterior brightness 1392 doxazo v to think, suppose, be of opinion, to praise, extol, magnify, celebrate, to honour, do honour to, hold in honour, adorn with lustre, clothe with splendour, to make renowned, render illustrious, cause the dignity and worth of some person or thing to become manifest and acknowledged


Shown as the Top God Ex 14:4 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord." So the Israelites did this.

Isa 48:11...for my own sake, will I do [it]: for how should my name be profaned? and I will not give my glory to another.


Reputation/Name Ex 33:18-34:8 And he said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory.

Ps 79:9 Help us, God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: deliver us, purge away our sins, for thy name's sake.

Ps 96:3 Declare his glory among nations, his wonders among all people. 4 For the LORD is great & to be feared above all gods.

Isa 42:8 I [am] the LORD: that [is] my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

Isa 43:7 every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; verily, I have made him.

Jer 13:11 Israel...that they might be to me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear.

Da 2:37 Thou, O king, [art] a king of kings: for the God of heaven has given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.

2Th 1:11 God would count you worthy...12 That the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you and ye in him (see 13-14)

Ps 29:2 Give to the LORD the glory due to his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness/in his glorious sanctuary


To Rule/have Power Job 19:9 He has stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown [from] my head.

Ps 89:44 Thou hast made his glory to cease, and cast his throne down to the ground.

Da 4:36 my reason returned...glory of my kingdom, my honour and brightness returned; excellent majesty was added to me.

Da 5:20 his heart was lifted up, his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, they took his glory from him:

Da 7:14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him...

Mt 4:8 the devil took him up upon a high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

Lu 4:6 devil said, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered to me; and to whomever I will I give

Mt 25:31 Son of man shall come in his glory...sit upon the throne of his glory: 32...gathered all nations...he shall separate them...

Heb 2:7 made him a little lower than the angels; crowned him with glory and honour, and set him over the works of thy hands:

Re 15:4...fear thee...glorify thy name?...holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are revealed.

Re 16:9 scorched...blasphemed the name of God, who has power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.


To Recognize as Supreme Nu 14:22 Because all those men who have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;

Ac 13:48 they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord...ordained to eternal life believed.

2Th 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have [free] course, and be glorified, even as [it is] with you:

1Pe 4:11 If any man speak... as the oracles of God; if any man minister...ability which God giveth that God...may be glorified

Re 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, for thy pleasure ...

Re 11:13...a great earthquake...and the remnant were terrified, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

Re 14:7...Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth...

Isa 40:5 Hag 2:9; Zec 6:13 Mt 24:30 Mr 13:26 Joh 12:41 Jn 1:14 Re 19:1-2


Light, Energy, Power, Rule, Inheritance, Reward, Grace, Holy Spirit

Light Ex 24:16 And the glory of the LORD abode upon mount Sinai...17 And the sight of the glory of the LORD [was] like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.

2Chron 7:3..Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying, "He is good; his love endures forever."

Eze 43:2 the glory of the God of Israel came...and the earth shined with his glory.

Isa 60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.

Isa 60:2 darkness shall cover the earth and the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

Isa 60:19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light to thee: but the LORD shall be to thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.

Eze 1:28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so [was] the appearance of the brightness around This [was] the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD.

Eze 10:4 Then the glory of the Lord rose from above the cherubim and moved to the threshold of the temple. The cloud filled the temple, and the court was full of the radiance of the glory of the Lord.

Lu 2:9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them: and they were in great fear.

Lu 2:32 A light of revelation the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

Lu 9:29 And as he prayed, the appearance of his countenance was altered, and his raiment [was] white [and] shining. 30 And, behold, there talked with him two men, who were Moses and Elijah: 31 Who appeared in glory, and spoke of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.

Ac 22:11 I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus.

2Co 4:4 god of this world has blinded...lest the light of the glory of the gospel of Christ...should shine to them.

Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by his power...

Re 21:11 Having the glory of God: and her light [was] like a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

Re 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun... for the glory of God enlightened it, and the Lamb [is] its lamp. 24 And the nations of them who are saved shall walk in its light: and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honour into it.


Reward/Inheritance Pr 4:9 (Wisdom) shall give to thy head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.

Eph 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

1Pe 5:10 But the God of all grace, who has called us to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you.

Power Ro 6:4 buried...into death...Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father...we should walk in newness of life.

2Co 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shone into our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God, and not from us.

Eph 3:16 He would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

2Th 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

Re 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power;

Re 18:1...I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was made bright with his glory.


Grace 1Pe 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more  precious than of gold that perisheth, though tried with fire, might be found to praise and honour and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ 13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;


Holy Spirit Joh 7:39 But this he spoke of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Spirit was not yet [given]; because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Eph 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of his glory.

1Pe 4:14 reproached for the name of Christ, happy [are ye]; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you...

2Co 5:3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 5 Now he that has wrought us for this very thing [is] God, who also has given to us the earnest of the Spirit. Ro 9:4; Pr 8:18; Ac 7:55


Observed whenever God is Seen

1) He shows up (inherently glorious) 1Ch 16:27 Glory and honour [are] in his presence; strength and gladness [are] in his place. Jn 2:11 This beginning of miracles Jesus performed in Cana/Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

Lu 7:16...fear on all...they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet has risen among us...God has visited his people. Lu 2:14


2) We live in such risky dependence so that He fights our battles, comes to our aid

Ps 85:9 Surely his salvation [is] near them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.

Joh 11:40 Jesus saith to her, Said I not to thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

Joh 14:13 And whatever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. Joh 13:31

Php 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Col 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, to all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness


3) We declare His works (creation, salvation, preservation, etc.) Ps 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God...

1Ch 16:24 Declare his glory among the nations; his wonderful works among all peoples.

Ps 96:7 Give to the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give to the LORD glory and strength...(exhortation to praise)

Ps 145:10 All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee. 11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; 12 To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.

Mt 9:8 But when the multitudes saw [it], they marvelled, and glorified God, who had given such power to men.

Mt 15:31 multitude wondered...saw the dumb speak, maimed whole, lame walk, and the blind see: glorified the God of Israel.

Mr 2:12...he arose, took up the bed...so that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

Lu 2:20 shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told to them.

Lu 17:15...when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 And fell down on [his] face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 18 There are not found returning to give glory to God, except this stranger.

Lu 18:43...he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw [it], gave praise to God.

Lu 23:47 Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.

Joh 11:4 Jesus said, This sickness is not to death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified by it.

Ac 11:18...heard...they held their peace, and glorified God, saying    Ac 21:20...heard, they glorified the Lord

Ro 15:9the Gentiles might glorify God for mercy...For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing to thy name.

2Co 4:15 all things for your sakes, that the abundant grace may through the thanksgiving of many abound to the glory of God.

Php 2:11 And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


4) Others see Christ in our lives (we're Christlike) Ga 1:24 And they glorified God in me.

Mt 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Joh 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest to me I have given to them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

2Co 3:18...beholding...the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord.

2Co 9:13 by this ministration they glorify God for your subjection to the gospel of Christ, and liberal distribution...

Php 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

1Pe 2:12 Having your behavior honest among the Gentiles: that, though they speak against you as evildoers, they may by [your] good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.


5) We make others Christlike (disciplemaking) Jn 15:8...my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

Joh 16:14 (HS) He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show [it] to you.

Joh 17:1 Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

Joh 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5...Father, glorify thou me with thy own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. 10 And all mine are thine...and I am glorified in them.

Eph 5:27...present...glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Eph 3:21 To him [be] glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.


Received as a Reward by Faithful Believers 

God's glory (self-revelation) is seen to some degree in granting forgiveness (in justification) and bestowing His Holy Spirit (in sanctification), but reaches it's greatest manifestation in pouring out His blessings upon faithful believers (in glorification). If our goal is to see God get the greatest glory (have the greatest opportunity to display His goodness) then we will either strive to be the greatest sinners (for Him to display the maximum mercy) or we'll strive for the most glory (the more reward He can give, the more of His goodness is displayed). Anyone in between is just lukewarm. (Phil 3:14-15)


Da 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame [and] everlasting contempt. 3 And they that are wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever  13 But go thou thy way till the end: for thou shalt rest, and then rise to receive your allotted inheritance at the end of the days. (NIV)

Mt 13:43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

Joh 12:23...hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. 24...if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. 25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal. 26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will [my] Father glorify.


Ps 84:11 LORD God is a sun and shield: LORD will give grace and glory: no good..withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Ps 73:24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me [to] glory.

Pr 3:35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

Pr 22:4 By humility [and] the fear of the LORD [are] riches, and glory, and life.

Mt 6:2 Therefore when thou doest [thy] alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Verily I say to you, They have their reward.

Mt 16:27 Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; then he shall reward every man according to his works.


Mt 19:28 ye who have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit on the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit...

Mr 10:37 They said to him, Grant to us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.

Joh 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given to me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory...

Ro 8:17 if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if we suffer with [him], that we may be glorified together.

1Co 15:40...the glory of the celestial [is] one, and the [glory] of the terrestrial [is] another. 41 [There is] one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for [one] star differeth from another star in glory.

Php 3:21 change our lowly body, that it may be fashioned like his glorious body...

Col 1:27 God make known the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Col 3:1 If ye then were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, [who is] our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. 5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; immorality, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

1Th 2:12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who has called you into his kingdom and glory.

2Ti 2:10 endure all things for sake of the elect, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

Tit 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, the appearance of the glory of the great God, and of our Saviour Jesus Christ

1Pe 1:7 trial of your faith...might be found to praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

1Pe 5:1 partaker of the glory that shall be revealed...4 Shepherd appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

1Pe 5:10 God of all grace, called us to his eternal glory after suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you.

Jude 1:8 Likewise also these [filthy] dreamers defile the flesh, despise glory/dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

Jude 1:24 Him...able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

Re 5:12 Worthy Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

2Pe 1:17 received...honour and glory, voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.


Yearned for by those who Earn it


How to lose it

Live in sin Ro 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;


Care more what men think than God thinks Joh 12:43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.


Seek it now Joh 5:44 How can ye believe, who receive glory one from another, and seek not the glory from God only? (Mt 6)


Live in pride Ac 12:23...angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten by worms, and died.


Be unthankful Ro 1:21  they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in imaginations


Be ashamed Mr 8:38 Whoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. Faith Ro 4:20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God...


Not seek it Mal 2:2 If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay [it] to heart, to give glory to my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay [it] to heart.


How to gain it (hard way) Savior Loyalty/Reputation; Motivation=Glory; Attitude=Joy; Resource=HS grace; Truth=Basis.

Suffering Lu 24:26 Ought not Christ to suffer these things, and to enter into his glory?

2Co 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward [man] is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh out for us a far more exceeding [and] eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen [are] temporal; but the things which are not seen [are] eternal.

Ro 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

Joh 21:19 He spoke, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith to him, Follow me.

Heb 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. 10 For it was fitting for him, for whom [are] all things, and by whom [are] all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

1Pe 2:20 what glory if buffeted for your faults bear it patiently? but suffer for doing good bear it patiently...acceptable with God.

1Pe 4:13 rejoice...partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 1Pe 4:14 reproached for the name of Christ, happy [are ye]; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.


How to gain it (slightly easier)

Seek it in doing good Ro 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, also to the Greek:


Make Disciples 1Th 2:19 our hope, joy, crown of glorying?..you in the presence of Lord at his coming? 20 ye are our glory & joy


Keep Perspective Ro 8:18 reckon the sufferings of this present time not worthy to compare with the glory...shall be revealed in us


Loyally Love Christ 1Co 2:8 for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him.


Be sanctified 2Th 2:13...God has chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 14 To which he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Like-minded Unity Ro 15:5 God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: 6 That ye may with one mind [and] one mouth glorify God 7 accept one another, as Christ also us to the glory of God.


Live in Faith & Hope 1Pe 1:11...testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. 21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.


Holy living 1Co 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.


Walk in Spirit Ro 8:30 pedestinate...called: and whom he called...justified: and whom he justified...glorified. (see Ro 8:1-29 KJV)


Respond to God Ro 9:23 might make known riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had before prepared for glory...


Walk according to wisdom 1Co 2:7 we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery...which God ordained before the world to our glory


Be faithful Heb 3:2...faithful to him that appointed him...3 For this [man] was counted worthy of more glory than Moses...


Live the promises 2Pe 1:3 divine power has given all...life & godliness, through the knowledge of him...called us to glory & virtue


Questions for Reflection/Discussion/Response:

1. Can you share about the circumstances when you felt God was glorified?

2. What can we do as individuals/as a Body of believers to increase God's glory in our sphere of influence?

3. Which of the items in the box (pg. 1) do you find to be the most difficult? Why?

4. How can you increase the percent of your life's activities which contribute to the glory of God?

5. True or False: If you'll be getting glory in the future, you'll be giving glory in the present.