Daily Light – Feb 20, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
 
God’s Glory   (Con’t
 
A Peculiar Glory
     
In John Piper’s new book, A Peculiar Glory…he says 
The main burden of this book is to probe into what really happens in our experience when we see the glory of God in Scripture; and  I try to show how this authenticates the Scripture as God’s life-giving, infallible word.  The power of Scripture to warrant well-grounded trust is not by generic glory.  Not, as it were, by mere dazzling.  Not by simply boggling the mind with supernatural otherness.  Rather, what we see as inescapably divine is a peculiar glory.  And at the center of this peculiar glory is the utterly unique glory of Jesus Christ.   
 
The peculiar glory of God, as he reveals it in the scriptures, is the way his majesty is expressed through his meekness.  I call this a paradoxical juxtaposition of seemingly opposite traits.  Johnathan Edwards called it ‘an admirable conjunction of diverse excellencies.’  This pattern of God’s self-revelation is his lion-like majesty together with his lamb-like meekness.  God magnifies his greatness by making himself the supreme treasure of our hearts, even at great cost to himself (Romans 8:32), and so serving us in the very act of exalting his glory.   This peculiar brightness shines through the whole Bible and comes to its most beautiful radiance in the person and work of Jesus Christ, dying and rising for sinners.
 
There is in every human being a ‘knowledge’ of this God—this glory.  There is a built-in template that is shaped for this peculiar communication of God’s glory.  When God opens our eyes (2 Corinthians 4:6) and grants us the knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 2:25), through the Scriptures (1 Samuel 3:21), we know that we have met ultimate reality. 
 
By the instrument of the Scriptures, in the hands of the Holy Spirit, God cuts away the corrosion from the template of his glory.  Miraculously we are thus conformed to the peculiar shape of God’s glory.  Where we saw only foolishness before, now we see the glory of majesty in meekness, and strength in suffering, and the wealth of Go’s glory in the depth of his giving—that is, in the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.”  (end) 
 
Father…I pray for all of us…that we will see this great treasure that you have given us in the person of Christ who dwells in our inner being.  Thank you that through the gift of grace, through the death and resurrection of Jesus..threw the indwelling of Your Spirit inside our spirit…that you can renew and transform us to be conformed to the image of Jesus…so that His glory will be revealed in us ‘so that’ we can go out into the darkness and be light and love to the lost.  Amen
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