SOLI DEO GLORIA
Rom. 11:36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
This Latin phrase is one of the five foundational teachings of the Protestant reformation. It means the glory of God alone. At first glance, it may seem like no big deal. As you take a closer look at the roll of the Glory of God in all things, you begin to understand how far the modern evangelical church has moved. Rather than living and preaching the glory of God alone, much of the church has moved into a so called relevant message and presentation which is a man centered gospel.
In 1995 I was preaching in Manila, Philippines when The Lord began to speak to me. He was actually correcting me in the middle of one of my messages. I was stuck on a man centered message when He begin to point out to me the God centeredness of all He does. This was quite devastating to my ego yet quite enlightening at the same time. I became aware that all God does is for the unveiling of His glory. From the display of His glory in the handiwork of creation to the radiance of His glory seen in the person of Jesus Christ. From the redemption of fallen man to the judgement of sin, all things are displaying the glory of The Lord. Jonathan Edwards has taught me the God centeredness of God. Edwards points out that the Lord actually frees us from the bondages of this world by pointing us to His glory. Here is an excerpt from his book “The End for which God Created the Earth”.
“God in seeking his glory seeks the good of his creatures, because the emanation of his glory . . . implies the . . . happiness of his creatures. And in communicating his fullness for them, he does it for himself, because their good, which he seeks, is so much in union and communion with himself. God is their good. Their excellency and happiness is nothing but the emanation and expression of God’s glory. God, in seeking their glory and happiness, seeks himself, and in seeking himself, himself diffused . . . he seeks their glory and happiness. Thus it is easy to conceive how God should seek the good of the creature . . . even his happiness, from a supreme regard to him-self; as his happiness arises from . . . the creature’s exercising a supreme regard to God . . . in beholding God’s glory, in esteeming and loving it, and rejoicing in it. God’s respect to the creature’s good, and his respect to himself, is not a divided respect; but both are united in one, as the happiness of the creature aimed at is happiness in union with himself.”
So that’s it, God displays His love for us by pointing us to Himself. When we find Him and begin to delight in Him we find the happiness our hearts have ached for. We have looked at His creation for happiness, by His grace we now look to Him. This is the secret to life, living for the glory of God. Soli DEO Gloria !!!