Summary: Understanding the connection between God's grace and His glory
GRACE YOUR ACCESS TO GLORY
Bishop David Ibeleme
Jn. 1:1, 14-17; 17:1ff
Glory is equivalent to;
All that God is – Jn. 1:1; 4:24.
All that God has – Jn. 16:12ff; Ps. 24:1ff.
All that God can do – Mk. 10:27; Lk. 1:37; Jn. 14:1ff.
All these were evident in the life and ministry of Jesus – Jn. 17:1ff.
The Holy Spirit and Glory
He is often referred to as the glory of God – Rom. 6:4; 8:11.
The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify Jesus – Jn. 16:12-15.
All the father hath are mine – Jn. 13:3; 16:15.
Hence, it is the Holy Spirit’s job to bring, give or show them to us – 1 Cor. 2:9ff.
Grace and the Glory
The concept of Glory is equivalent to the concept of grace – Jn. 1:14-16.
Hence the Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of grace – Heb. 10:29.
The glory of God is evident or made manifest via the grace of God.
If you have or connect with God’s grace you will connect with his glory.
Eternal Life and the Glory
God started man off with His glory – Ps. 8:3.
Man lost the glory via sin – Rom. 3:21.
God’s Glory is connected to His Life.
Man’s greatest need following the fall is eternal life – Eph. 4:17-18.
Eternal Life => Righteousness => Redemption => Mediator => Incarnation.
The Incarnate one Jesus came to redeem us from the curse and to provide for us, access to the life of God.
God’s life is equivalent to God’s glory.
The grace of God made this (God’s life) available to us – Rom. 5:1-2, 17.
No man could access the Glory of God without grace hence Jesus came full of grace and truth – Jn. 1:14-17.
Every man that ever got anything from God was favoured – Gen. 9:1ff (Noah); 17:1ff (Abraham).
Accessing the Grace (Accessing the Glory)
Only those who appreciate God’s grace can experience the glory of God.
The Word of His grace will connect you with the glory (life) of God – Jn. 20:29-31.
1. Be Conscious of the Grace of God – 2 Pet. 1:1-4.
This will keep us in the place of glory; above sin – Rom. 6:14.
Remember that we are saved by God’s grace – Eph. 2:8.
2. Grace Teaches us to Live a Crucified life – Gal. 2:20; Tit. 2:11-15; 3:5-8.
No one can live holy on earth without God’s grace – 2 Cor. 7:1-2; Eph. 4:22ff.
This is because it keeps us focused on what God did for us.
3. Grace Exposes God’s Love to us – 2 Cor. 13:14.
This invariably helps our fellowship with God and others – Phil. 2:1-3.
Remember it is the goodness of God that leads man to repentance – Rom. 2:4.
4. Grace Destroys our Pride – 1 Pet. 5:5-6; 1 Cor. 15:10.
It helps us depend on God – Prov. 3:5ff; Zech. 4:6-7.
If you cannot depend on God you will end up in the deep end.