‘what shall a man give in exchange for his glory?’

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Romans 1:18-23

A nation immersed in ungodliness and wickedness and uses their unrighteousness to suppress the truth of God’s word is in a sad estate.

To add insult to injury, God has manifested Himself to this society so that they are without excuse, yet they reject God and fashion a god after their own heart and mind. They take spiritual silly puddy and mold in the confine of their own imaginations what they want God to be.

The scripture says that instead of glorifying God, they change the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like unto corruptible man, and birds and four-footed beast and creeping things.

I have no trouble understanding that when man rejects the true and living God and turns and worships a idol made of wood, stone or even one fashioned out of the silly puddy of ones own imaginations, that they are in essence giving glory that is rightfully due to God to an idol. It ought not to be my friend.

But the psalmist says in Psalm 106:19-20 that when the nation Israel made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image, that they changed THEIR glory (not the glory of God) into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass. And again in Jeremiah 2:10-11 God told Jeremiah to go and tell the inhabitants of Jerusalem to pass over the isles of Chittim and see; and send to Kedar, and consider diligently and see if there be such a thing…… what thing?

“that a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed THEIR glory for that which doth not profit.”

There it is again, the people have changed their glory , not the glory of God. How could this be?

Man is a spiritual being. He was created different than all other living creation. He has a soul. The scripture clearly teaches us that this soul never dies, only the temporary body it is housed in.

As a child I only thought “believers” would live forever with God in heaven, but once I was born again and began to study God’s word, it became very apparent that both believers (heaven) and unbelievers (hell) will live forever… just different abodes.

When Christ was praying for His disciples in the 17th chapter of John, Christ prays that God will sanctify the disciples that were given the ministry of taking the gospel to the world with the truth of His word. But notice not only them, but everyone that would believe on Christ through their witness, [special attention to verse 20], that is you and me if we have believed the gospel. You can write your name beside that verse, because God already has, if you have trusted in His Christ.

The purpose of the sanctification is so that “we all may be one as thou, Father art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us, that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”

and get this……

“and the glory which thou gavest me I have given THEM; and that they may be one, even as we are one” WOW! God gives us His glory. Amazing my friend but it is true, because His word is true and cannot lie.

So how do we change our glory? When we reject God and the truth of His word for a foolish god, that have mouths but they can not speak. They have ears, but they can not hear. They have noses but they cannot smell. They have hands but they handle not. They have feet but cannot walk. Get the point, what are they good for? All is vanity. And they that make them are like unto them, so is everyone that trusteth in them.

Why would anyone exchange their glory for the eternal torment of hell, when they could have God’s glory instead?

malachi

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