Good morning, ladies! Today is the final segment of our 5 SOLAS series, WHAT IS SOLI DEO GLORIA?
Soli Deo Gloria, “Glory to God Alone”, is the issue that was at the very heart of the Reformation. It is the teaching that all glory is to be given to God alone.
In a man-centered, self-obsessed culture, full of man-centered, man-glorifying theology, a biblical understanding of this concept is sorely needed for the body of Christ.
▶️ Every point of a believer’s walk, from justification to sanctification to glorification, is accomplished by God’s will. Therefore, He alone is worthy to receive glory.
2 Peter 3:13 says that God has called us by His own glory and excellence.
▶️ I like the way Michael Horton explains this concept, “Because we are saved by grace alone on account of Christ alone through faith alone, there is no place where we can make a claim and say, “Ah! See, there it is! I did do something. I did cooperate with God for my own salvation.”
▶️ In Isaiah 43:7,God reveals that He has created His people for His glory. later in this same chapter, v25, we see that He wipes out our transgressions for His own sake. So believers were created for and forgiven for the Lord’s own purposes. Shouldn’t He receive all the glory?
▶️ The entire purpose of the life of a believer is to bring glory to God. The Westminster Catechism asks, “What is the chief end of man?” and then answers, ‘Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”
We as believers are instructed to do everything for God’s glory, “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. AMEN! Romans 11:36
Next week, Lord willing, we will talk about what glorifying God looks like practically, in our daily lives. I hope to see you back again!