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The Doctrine of God
Sunday, 01 June 2008

I.  Introduction:

 Since we are meeting outside tonight, I simply want to offer a shortened version of what we have been doing in our Doctrine of God series.  We have looked at many different attributes of God and tonight I want to close that part of the series by considering God’s perfection, beauty, and glory.

II.  The Baptist Faith and Message:

 It says in the general section: ‘God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections.’  He has ‘perfect knowledge.’  Likewise, Jesus ‘perfectly revealed and did the will of God’ and ‘He will return in power and glory…’ 

III.  Scriptures and Implications:

 A.  Perfection (Matthew 5:48): In one sense we could say that God is perfect in all of His other attributes (i.e. perfectly sovereign, loving, holy, etc.).  Thus, what we are saying here is that God is perfect in all that He is and all that He does.  He is not lacking in any way.

 B.  Beauty (Psalm 27:4): We are not saying here that God is simply pretty or beautiful like a painting or a sunset.  No, we are saying that God is completely desirable.  We are attracted to beautiful things and we should be attracted to God over every other thing in the world.  His character is beautiful and we should desire Him above all.

 C.  Glory (Psalm 24): God’s glory is the going forth or proclamation or honoring of all of His perfection and beauty.  Thus, when we glorify God we do not add to Him (as if He lacked anything).  Rather, we simply acknowledge and proclaim His greatness.  His glory fills the earth in that all of creation sings of His perfection and is filling the earth as the message of Christ is being preached to the nations.  His glory will illumine heaven for all eternity (Rev. 21:23).

III.  Christ and the cross:  

The author of Hebrews tells us that Jesus is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature (Heb. 1:3).  This radiance was to some degree hidden while He was on the earth (see Philippians 2), but it was nevertheless true.  We were created to glorify God by finding our satisfaction in His perfections and beauty.  Yet, sin has distracted us and pulled us from this purpose.  Christ came to restore us to this purpose.  His death on the cross was to pay for all of the times that we find more joy in disobedience and dishonor.  Thus, the battle of the cross was a battle for the glory of God.  Now, Paul tells us that all of those in Christ are being re-created to bring honor to God.  They are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another (2 Corinthians 3:18) and One Day Christ will present us without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish (Ephesians 5:27).  Thus, the Lord is perfecting and beautifying those in Christ that we might glorify Him forever.  Amen.

~ William Marshall ~

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