Soli Deo Gloria
Topic: AM Service Passage: Romans 11:33–11:36, 1 Corinthians 10:31
Have you thought about the relationship between God and man? Not just how they relate to one another, but the relative position of God and man. God is utterly unlike man – He is the Creator, we are the created; He is the sovereign Lord, we are the servants of the Most High; and He is perfect in every way, while we are fallible. The Bible sets forth for us who the Lord God is and what that means for our lives. His knowledge is beyond our comprehension. He needs no guide or counselor but is absolutely sovereign. The more we know about God, the more we are driven to worship and awe. In the time of the Reformation, as theologians began to plumb the depth of who God is, they saw more and more that everything in creation is a testimony to the glory of God. No matter who we are or what we do, we must realize that we were created for the glory of God, and all things are “Soli Deo Gloria,” for the glory of God alone (Romans 11:33-36; 1 Cor. 10:31).
I. The Incomprehensible Knowledge of God
A. His wisdom and knowledge are infinite.
B. His decrees are inscrutable.
II. The Absolute Sovereignty of God
A. God needs no counselor.
B. All things are of Him.
III. The Unaccompanied Glory of God
A. What is the glory of God?
B. How may we glorify God?
Questions for consideration: (1) Are there times when you are discontent with not knowing everything about God’s ways? (2) Why is it proper and right that God would glory in Himself? (3) What are some ways that we try to ‘share’ God’s glory, either with ourselves or with another? (4) Are there areas in your life where you find it difficult to glorify God? How might God’s glory be better displayed in your life?