Knowing and Loving God: Part 3b
by Jonathan Hamilton
Wednesday, June 18, continued (previous post here)
THE GLORY OF GOD
What is the glory of God?
- Hebrew – “Kavod” or “weight;” the sheer weight of His God-ness
- Greek – “Doxa” or “opinion of oneself or others;” God’s reputation
His glory is His importance, His supremeness, and it encompasses His entire Being. Everything that God is is His glory, and none of Him or it can be divided into different parts. His perfection is all that He is, it is total, and it is infinitely beyond any of His creatures. He is infinitely and perfectly glorious in Himself. In a proper sense, no one can add any glory to Him or bring glory to Him. It cannot be increased or diminished. So…
What does it mean to glorify God?
While He is simple in the sense of being One, His glory is manifold, variegated, multi-faceted. He displays His glory in many ways. Two examples:
- the Church (Eph. 3:9-12)
- Justice (consigning the damned to hell)
To glorify God does not mean to add to His glory, but point to it (magnify Him).
[Side note from class: All Christians agree: the endgame for God is His own glory. However, covenant and dispensational theologians disagree on exactly what the center of God’s glory is. Covenant theology, in general, would say that God is centrally glorified through soteriology (salvation) and Christology (Christ). Dispensationalists would say that God is glorified in many other ways as well, and would ask questions of the Covenant position, such as: “What about God’s glory through the unsaved? What about God’s glory through the nations?”]