For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen. – Romans 11:36
Paul tells us how the ancient Hebrews rebelled against God and were cut out of the “olive tree” of the family of Abraham’s descendants to make way for non-Hebraic peoples to be adopted into the family of Jehovah. Conversely, he warns the non-Hebrews to not boast about their inclusion into the family/olive tree because the Lord can remove people just as easily as he grafted them in and vice versa with those removed. The apostle informs us that everything there is, both Jew and Gentile, are here for God’s glory.
Do you remember the pieces written here on “It’s all in the glory”? Yes, Jesus embodies the very nature and essence of God’s glory, but we were created and exist for one purpose – God’s glory! Whether it’s the birds high in the air, stars beyond the Milky Way, or the tiniest of microbes crawling around, it is all created by him, for him, and through Jesus to bring glory to God the Father!
If Paul’s words ring true, then what are we doing to bring God glory? We come from him (he created us), we exist by his power, and we are intended for his glory. We need to do as many a preacher has said, “Do a check up from the neck up before we wreck up.” An introspection of our lives is noteworthy at this juncture in time. Paul makes it clear that those grafted into the olive tree can be cut off again. John the Baptist wrote that any branch that does not bear fruit will be cut off and thrown into the fire because it’s not good for anything else but burning. Let him that has an ear hear what the Spirit is saying to the church!
A lot of people don’t like to hear the truth that though a person was once in the faith can be removed from the faith. Many believe wrong doctrine that “Once saved, always saved.” Oh contrare! We need to but visit the very words of Jesus, as the risen King not human servant, in the book of Revelation recorded by John the beloved:
All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before my Father and his angels that they are mine. (Revelation 3:5)
And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire. (Rev 20:15)
Read these verses closely. Jesus in Rev 3 says those who are victorious…will never [have erased] their names from the Book of Life while in Rev 20 he emphasizes that those whose names [are not] found in the Book of Life will suffer eternal separation from God the Father. Therefore, if you think that you cannot be a “Christian” and saved and not enter into eternity with the Lord, think again!
Our lives were and are meant to bring God glory not a stain on his name. Check yourself before you wreck yourself. What type of fruit, if any, is your life bearing to bring glory to God the Father?
Father, sometimes your word sends chills down my spine. It’s not because I”m afraid of you or dying but because I realize how intense you are about holiness. It is no wonder why you hid Moses in the rocks and covered his face until you passed. The very sin in him would have caused him to die immediately while in the very presence of your holy glory! It took the death and resurrection of your Son, Jesus, for me to be able to see you and all of your glory because Jesus is the very essence of your glory and is the physical manifestation of you in the earth. As he said, those who have seen him have seen you! I want my life to bear fruit and be an acceptable sacrifice of love in your eyes. Help me to stay on the straight and narrow path that leads to life, eternal life in you and with you. Blessing, honor, strength, glory, and power be to you the only wise King! In Jesus’ name, Amen.