To God Be the Glory

by Stephen Olford

Thought: The Apostle's closing thought on Radiant Christian Living (the message of the letter to the Philippians) calls forth this doxology. How could he be silent before his God and Father; his Creator and Redeemer? Yes, our God deserves:

1. Unrivaled Glory: "Now to our God and Father be the (the original has the article here) glory." Glory must be ascribed to God alone. The word "glory" signifies an opinion or an estimate. The measure of our opinion or estimate of God's being, nature, character, and activity will be the measure of the glory we give Him.

2. Unceasing Glory: "Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever." This means "throughout all ages"(Eph. 3:21). Paul's thought is that in view of all that our God and Father has done for us, there ought not to be a moment when we are not giving Him the glory that is His due. Indeed, the Apostle commands: "Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Cor.10: 31).

3. Unstinted Glory: "Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen." "Amen" is a Hebrew word that passed quickly into Christian usage in the early church. It was a word that was uttered audibly at the end of a doxology, prayer, or statement, indicating agreement with what had been said. When used of God it means, "it is and shall be so." When applied to us it denotes, "so let it be." No one, therefore, can say "amen" and have reservations. Thus our God and Father deserves unrivaled, unceasing, and unstinted glory.

Thrust: To God be the glory- great things He has done! So loved He the world that He gave us His Son, Who yielded His life an atonement for sin, And opened the life gate that all may go in. Fanny J. Crosby

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