Summary: Understand the glory of God
Glory (8) “Our Future Glory”
a. Glory of God is defined as the Visible Majesty of the Divine Presence.
b. Why are we discussing His glory?
i. We take for granted all the places in the bible we read the word “glory of God.”
ii. His glory….that is, His Majesty made visible, if not to our human eyes, at least to the eyes of our heart results in two things:
iii. We need transforming encounters with God’s presence. Anything less than this makes us just like everyone else in this world. God’s presence is what makes us different. That is the only thing.
1. Not our own goodness.
2. Not our own holiness.
3. Not our own good deeds.
4. God’s presence, is what makes us unique, different, holy.
c. Last 7 weeks we have covered an incredible amount of ground in trying to come to grips with God’s glory.
i. The most wonderful thing is the number of reports I hear from many of you about your encounter with the Visible Majesty of the Divine Presence.
ii. What has happened to you when you let God be God in your life?
iii. We looked at the effects of God’s glory, how He manifested it in the Old Testament, then through Jesus. We learned how the absence of His presence is really the absence of His control in our lives. And we also learned about His plan to reflect His glory in you and I.
2. Understanding Our Inheritance:
a. Ephesians 1:18 “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,”
b. Today, we will grapple with the incredible inheritance that you and I have in Christ. Most of us understand what an inheritance is. It is what we are left behind as heirs from someone who has given what they have to you after they have died. Their rights and property become yours.
i. My family was the heir to my father’s estate, and we got ½ of the home I grew up in. I treasure that inheritance! It means a great deal to me, because it meant a great deal to my grandfather who built it and my father who left it to me.
ii. Likewise, you and I have received an inheritance in Christ that many of us have really no idea of what it contains.
1. Some of us understand that it means “eternal life.” Whatever that means.
2. Others of us understand that it means we are forgiven.
3. But we don’t really grasp the meaning of what Jesus has left us in his will. And most of us have never read the will to see what it was that we have coming to us. We would be not only amazed but excited to find out!
a. Item 1: Eternal Life:
i. Believe it or not, you are going to live forever.
ii. When you were born, you began your entry into eternity.
iii. Christians and Non-Christians alike.
iv. The question is where will you spend it.
v. With God or Without Him.
vi. Your choice here on earth determine your future. Reject God now and you reject Him for eternity. You only get to choose while you are alive.
b. Item 2: The authority of Christ is ours:
i. If you want to understand this piece of your inheritance, I urge you to come on Wednesday nights to our bible study on Ephesians.