Today’s blog has arrived in a circuitous manner, demonstrating how God leads one to his subject. But at each step there was the tendency for me to go off on a tangent, but God who is faithful guided my steps along as I listened for his voice.
It came about in this manner – as I was praising God thanking him for his blessings the thought came to me that these blessings and promises that are Yes in Christ Jesus are not wholly for our benefit, but Gods. I stopped in my tracks as this thought was way out left field but I knew it was the Holy Spirits voice. As I was pondering this, the words “redound for his glory” kept repeating themselves in my mind. Now I knew this was part of scripture which allayed my fears some what that this radical idea was not from my imaginations. But as I searched for that particular phrase I could not find in under my NIV search. It was only when I click the drop down box to search under the KJV that I found the verse and the blog began to form in my mind.
All this background brings me to 2 Corinthians 4:15 - All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. NIV. The greek word ‘pleonasasa – πλεονάσασα’ translated by the NIV as “to overflow” means “to be over and above, to abound. This greek word is only used twice in the NT; here in 2 Corinthians and also in Matthew 5:20.
The word here is that blessings, praise and thanksgiving are to surge back to God thus completing a circle – from God all blessings flow through us back to the glory of God. Now I am aware of hanging my hat on a single verse but this concept of completing Gods blessings circle is found buried throughout scripture. For instance ‘Why did God create man & women?’ Was it for each other? No the primary reason why God made Adam & Eve in his image was for God to have fellowship with the man & women and for them both to reflect Gods glory in his handiwork.
This concept is re worked all through the OT and into the New. The cross benefits mankind but ultimately the blessings of salvation redound back to God. God has more blessings to shower on us than we can dream of or imagine. But did we really think that these blessings where only for our glory?
Sadly the spirit of humanism is not immune from the body of Christ. Far too often we have in a subtle way placed our selves in the centre of the universe, thinking that God revolves around us. No the promises and blessings are not just for our benefit. To think and act as if we were the only beneficiary of Gods grace/blessings is to move into the same thinking that caused Adam & Eve to leave the garden. To walk in newness of life is to reflect the glory of God back to him so that we are a sweet aroma drifting into the face of God. (2 Corinthians 2:15)
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
This is my prayer for all those who may happen to read this blog that we all may be reflecting Gods glory in ever increasing degrees so that our bodies will be living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God.
May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. (Hebrews 13)
The words following that verse (2 Corinthians 4:15) hang on the wall just above my head. They say:
[quote]That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NLT) [/quote]
Blessings for His glory. This is something we rarely realize or if we do, we rarely acknowledge it. The problem is, because we are self-centered, it is always about us.
One of the things God has been teaching me over the past five years is that it is not about me. It is about Him. When He blesses me with health, finances, position, relationships and so forth, it is so that I might use those things to glorify Him and bless others. Now here is the stickler for us as Christians. The same is true when hardships befall us. We must come to understand that ALL things pass through God's hands before they touch us, both blessings and suffering. When we acknowledge and accept this, something truly extraordinary happens in our lives... and the lives of others around us. We see Christ.
Our lives are to be spent to bring glory to God and the wonder of it is that when all things are revealed it will only be to our benefit. Thank you. Phil
Thanks for all your helpful comments - I have only scrolled down and found my 3 lost pictures that I was trying to insert at the top of the page at 1am. Now I know.
[blockquote]The word here is that blessings, praise and thanksgiving are to surge back to God thus completing a circle – from God all blessings flow through us back to the glory of God.[/blockquote]
[blockquote]To walk in newness of life is to reflect the glory of God back to him so that we are a sweet aroma drifting into the face of God. (2 Corinthians 2:15)[/blockquote]
[b]Very enlightening blog, wmj. I enjoyed it very much. The above quotes from your blog reminded me of the [i]"Genevan Psalter"[/i] Doxology below.[/b]
[i]Praise God from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav'nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost[/i].