We are committed to that which God is most committed to, His Glory. Our sole
purpose is to magnify His character and draw attention to His name. We exist to brag on
Him and make much of Him in all that we do (1Cor 1:30-31; 10:31).
This glory refers to the infinite value, weight, honor, and worth of the Sovereign
Creator of the universe. His glory is His character on display. And whatever God chooses
or thinks, He does for His name’s sake. This was demonstrated when He created the world
and all that it contains. “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is
declaring the work of His hands” (Psalm 19:1).
God created Adam and Eve to glorify His name but they exchanged His glory for the
things of this world. God’s character was also to be seen in His chosen nation, the Israelites.
He chose them for His name sake; to be a people who represented Him to all the other
nations. But they failed to honor and glorify God. Like Adam and Eve and the Israelites,
every one of us has marred the glory of God by rejecting and rebelling against our Creator.
We exchanged the value and worth of our Creator for the value and worth of creation.
Instead of being committed to our Creator we are committed to ourselves. Therefore, God
cannot and will not accept us because we all have defamed and dishonored His glory (Rom
1:23; 3:23). But, where we failed in our commitment to uphold and honor God’s name,
Jesus Christ did not.
It is only through the person of Jesus Christ where we come to a true understanding
of God’s commitment to His own character. Jesus Christ is the embodiment and
personification of God’s beauty, value and worth. Jesus Christ, the incarnate God, dwelt
among men and they saw his glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father (John
1:14). The glorious character of God walked among humanity. He is the radiance of His
glory and the exact representation of His nature (Heb 1:3). If we want to know the worth,
value, and honor of God the Father then we need to gaze at the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ came for the purpose of glorifying the name of His Father (John 12:27-
28). He gave himself as a sin offering to uphold the value and worth of God (Rom 3:21-26).
Jesus’ death demonstrated God’s righteous character. God is infinitely valuable and worthy
and only an equal valuable and worthy sacrifice could satisfy and be acceptable before a holy
God. Jesus’ death was for God’s glory, to honor that which we dishonored. The basis of
God’s love for the sinner is His love for His glory as seen through the person, purpose and
passion of Jesus Christ.
The foundation of our commitment to God’s glory is not from us but Him. “For
God, who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to
give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2Cor 4:6). As
God revealed His glory at creation, He also revealed His glory in the new creation. The
church is His new creation in Christ Jesus and by His doing she is in Christ Jesus (1Cor
1:30). Jesus Christ, the head of the church, gives us the knowledge of the glory of God.
Those who believe in Jesus Christ are God’s new creation and exist for the praise of His
glory (Eph 1:3-14).