This is intended to be a short, introductory outline to a series of after-recess discussions in our Young People’s Societies. I believe the idea is that the societies are invited to use one of these each month. Various writers will contribute to this column.
Perhaps it would be best to have two members of the society render each a paper concerning this subject, at least we’ll set up the sketch that way.
One paper could be on the general theme:
God Reveals His Glory.
In this paper the writer could build his article around the following general hints:
- That God makes a display of His glory in nature (Ps. 19:1). In the created things, each creature in its own way expressing something concerning God. The variety of creatures also expressing something. In ruling the affairs of men and of nations God shows His power, His wisdom, His wrath, His goodness, His mercy (Heid. Catechism, Qu. 122; Rom. 1:20 and Belgic Confession, art. 2).
- That God makes a special revelation of His glory in the Scriptures. We see the glory of God in Christ (John 1:14), in Christ His glory comes close to us. Christ is in heaven but we have the mirror of His glory in the Bible. Every page of it sets forth His glory, power, majesty, wisdom, justice. His glory is set in contrast to our shame, our brevity of life (Ps. 103) our being dust, our corruption, etc.
- Seeing this glory. Could anyone escape from, that is, shut his eyes so as not to see this glory? We see by faith, with enlightened eyes, with renewed minds. Do the wicked also see God’s glory?
This could be followed by a second paper on the theme:
In this paper the following hints could be incorporated:
- It is a capital sin not to glorify God (Rom. 1:21: Acts 12:23. Rev. 16:9). If God’s purpose is Self-glorification, surely we are called to engage in this mighty task of glorifying God.
- How all-embracing is this precept, for in 1 Cor. 10 we read “whether we eat or drink or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God”. (In later outlines perhaps the matter will be treated of HOW we can glorify God in eating, in drinking, in laboring, etc.)
- We must not be deceived to seek the glory of self. . . . this conflicts with the God-glorifying program, neither must we seek the glory of men, that is, to attract their praise to ourselves, neither may we glory in our shame (1 Thess. 2:6, Matt. 6:2, and Phil. 3:19).
- Christ glorified God on the earth. How? (John 17:4). His Spirit in us enables and inclines us to God-centered living and in John 15:8 we read ‘‘herein is my Father glorified that ye bear much fruit. . . .”
Around these two general themes a further discussion could be built when we consider:
- What glory should Herod have given God, (Acts 12:23).
- What different things lead us away from a God-centered and God-glorifying life?
- Is any special legitimate occupation more God-glorifying than some other, e.g., is a Christian missionary’s occupation necessarily more God-glorifying than say, the occupation of a Christian street-cleaner?
- If a gentle breeze of a summer’s day displays God’s glory, how about a devastating cyclone? With what difference?
- How can we glorify God before men. … if we are rich? poor? healthy? sick?
- Why do we fail so miserably in glorifying God? What causes this and what ought we do to effect improvement?