Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Glory--God's Splendor and Radiance

by Laura Springer, M.Div., Th.M.

Key Ideas from

"Glory of God"
Kregel Dictionary of the Bible and Theology
by Henry W. Holloman
(C) 2005 Kregel Publications

  • God's glory is the splendor and radiance of all he is and all he does. His glory is the only true glory; all else is derivative.
  • We reflect God's glory back to him in our praise and thanks. To refuse or neglect to do so is sin. To reflect his glory in honor of another is idolatry.
  • Everything in existence naturally reflects God's glory. Persons who willfully refuse to do so are judged.
  • God's glory is reflected in all he has done, said, and made.
  • God revealed his glory through his people Israel and, for the sake of his glory revealed in them, he keeps his covenant with them.
  • God's glory is most clearly revealed in the life, death, resurrection, enthronement, and return of Jesus, the Son of God.
  • God's people bring him glory through words and actions of praise, honor, and worship.
  • Humans were created to give God glory.

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