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5 July, 2013 15:54

July 5, 2013


If you had to reduce the Scriptures down to just two or three words what would they be? In other words, what is the ultimate theme and goal of all Scripture?

Some no doubt would say that it is the great plan of Salvation, the Kingdom, Israel, etc. While these are certainly great biblical truths there is another that trumps them all. What is it you ask? How have I missed it? Why don’t I hear it preached or taught? All of these are great questions. The answer lies in the fact that we tend to focus on those themes that pertain to us and benefit us. For that reason we overlook the most vital and important theme of all. Here it is: “For My Name’s sake” or “For the sake of My Name” or “For My Great Name’s Sake.” Another way to express this would be, “For the Glory of God”. This truly is the central theme of all Scripture and should be the one driving force behind everything we do, say, or think. We ought to be motivated by the one, great, central desire of pleasing and exalting God. His name is the very essence of who God is; His nature and character

This is how the great preacher and author Martyn Loyd-Jones stated it:

Whether we like it or not, it is a fact that the world judges God himself, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the whole of the Christian faith, by what it sees in us. We are His representatives, we are the people who take His name upon us, we are people who talk about Him, and the man outside the Church regards the Church as the representatives of God. And therefore, I argue that we must emulate the example of Moses,… Our first concern should be about the glory of God

But am I being unfair when I suggest that this is scarcely mentioned? There is great concern about the Church today, of course, but what is the concern about? Today’s concern is about statistics, and figures. People are talking about churches being empty, and they talk about means and methods of trying to fill them and of getting the people in again. They are interested in the figures, in membership, in finances, and organization. How often do we hear annual conferences and assemblies expressing a concern about the glory of God, and the honor of the name of God?

…This, to me, is the essence of the whole matter. Go through the great prayers of the Old Testament and you will find it always there. These men had a passion for God, they were in trouble, they were unhappy, because this great God was not being worshipped as He should be. And they prayed to God for His own sake, for His glory’s sake, to vindicate his own name and to arise to scatter His enemies. (Taken from Revival by Martyn-Loyd-Jones. Page 189, 191)

Is it any wonder then that Paul exhorts us, “Whatever you do in word or deed do ALL to the glory of God.”(Colossians 3:17) The word, whatever, covers every facet of our lives whether it be conversation, occupation, motivation, education, meditation, or any other action. This no doubt was foremost in the mind of young Joseph when he was being pressed daily by his mater’s wife to sleep with her. Joseph told her, “How can I do this great evil and sin against God?” Joseph’s motivation was that of pleasing God and not his own pleasure. As a result of honoring God in this way, God honored him by elevating him to the second most powerful position in all of Egypt.

Perhaps if the Church today did the same, God would entrust to us the power and influence we too so desire.

Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake. Psalm 115:1

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 5, 2013 5:29 pm

    Thank you Brother for speaking truth into our lives once again, may we hear it and obey!

  2. July 6, 2013 10:27 am

    If you asked those around me to sum up the message of my life in the past few years, it would be this. It would be that everything, EVERYTHING is about God receiving glory. This is why the suffering and death and burial and resurrection of His own Son is THE pivotal event of all events in all eternity. Because it is this event performed by God Himself through His beautiful Son, submitted fully to do the will of His Father, with the full freedom to do otherwise, from which God receives the greatest glory. He won by losing, He was triumphant by being beaten, He died eternal life to bring and lives that death may die, by becoming a servant He received a kingship over all. “Not for your sakes do I do this. ”

    Keep striking those hammerblows.

  3. July 18, 2013 2:21 pm

    Reblogged this on Revival Bible Study.

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