Glory to God! Part 4: The Glory of God in the Return and Reign of Christ

December 28, 2016 § Leave a comment

But the sadness would be broken as the song of life arose,
And the firstborn of creation would ascend and take His throne.
He had left it to redeem us, but before His life began
He knew He’d come back, not as a baby, but as the Lord of ev’ry man.
— Bob Kauflin, “In the First Light”

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
(Philippians 2:9-11)

“Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!”

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
(Revelation 5:9-13, selected)

O Savior of our fallen race,
the world will see Your radiant face

For You Who came to us before
will come again and all restore.

Let songs of praise your name adorn,
O Christ, Redeemer, virgin-born

Whom with the Father we adore
and Holy Spirit evermore. Alleluia!
Christe, Redemptor omnium, original words circa 6th century AD;
translated by Gilbert E. Doan, Jr; adapted by Kristyn Getty,
“O Savior of Our Fallen Race”

If indeed it is true, as the Catechism teaches, that “man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever,” then it is also true that the proclamation of “glory to God” is a proclamation of joy. To enter into God’s glory is to enter into joy—his joy. It is the joy that comes from the knowledge of the forgiveness of sins; it is the joy that comes from the assurance of knowing God has credited Christ’s righteousness to us; it is the joy of knowing that, by repentance and faith, we have entered into a glory that will never end.

Have you entered into the hope of this glory? Have you turned in faith to trust Christ—he who left this same glory to die for your sin and, by his resurrection, take you to that glory? No darkness can overcome the light of God’s glory in the face of Christ. No sadness is too deep, no sin too far, no turning beyond returning.

It is obvious, then, why the angel told the shepherds, “I bring you good news of a great joy.” And it is with good reason that this announcement was followed with the proclamation of “Glory to God in the highest!”

There is a day all creation has longed for;
When all of time has been spent and the Lord returns.
His song we’ll repeat, as heaven completes
Promised peace that will fill the nations.
Glory to God in the highest! Peace to men on earth.
Come and adore Him with wonder; Christ Lord of heaven and earth.
— Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty & Ian Hannah, “Glorious Light”

Hear the angels as they’re singing on the morning of His birth!
But how much greater will our song be when He comes again?
Hear the angels as they’re singing on the morning of His birth!
But how much greater will our song be when He comes again to earth?
When He comes to rule the earth!
When He comes back, when He comes back, to rule the earth!
— Bob Kauflin, “In the First Light”

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