To God Be the Glory

New JerusalemThe prior post, from Stefan, is about the church as a miniature of New Jerusalem, having God’s presence, God’s ruling, the supply of life, and God’s light.

The church as a miniature of New Jerusalem also has God’s glory. In Ephesians 3:21 Paul exclaims, “To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all the generations forever and ever. Amen.”

This glory to God in the church is the outcome of the steps included in Paul’s prayer, which should also be our prayer. First, we bow our knees to the Father (v. 14), expressing our dependence on Him. “Our sufficiency is from God” (2 Cor. 3:5). Second, we ask for strengthening through His Spirit that we may live in our inner man (v. 16). We do not want to live in our self, but it is only “by the Spirit” that we can put to death our old ways (Romans 8:13).

Third, we open to Christ for His making home in our hearts (v. 17). We can take time to open specific areas of our heart to Him—for example, the way I do this, or my attitude toward that person, or my reactions in a certain situation. Fourth, we seek more rooting and grounding in love (v. 17), by asking in prayer and by letting the Word take root in us (the parable of the sower).

Fifth, we coordinate with all saints to lay hold of the vastness of Christ (v. 18). Bible study with others is a good way to do this. This summer college students, in the Christian Students club I support, are reading a chapter of the Bible daily and texting to their companion(s) something that touched them. Sixth, we realize Him as the surpassing love and we open further to be filled unto all the fullness of God (v. 19).

We should pursue these steps in Ephesians 3:14-21. Yet, at the same time we realize that these are not accomplished by our effort but by “the power which operates in us” (v. 20). The result is “to Him be the glory in the church” now and in New Jerusalem eternally.

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  1. Amen, brother… by reading your blog, post by post, I realize: the whole Bible is speaking in one way or another about God’s desire, the New Jerusalem! Even Ephesians 3:16-18 which speaks of Christ making His home in our heart…speaks of the New Jerusalem!

    Lord, amen, make Your home in our heart!

    To You, Lord, be all the glory!

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    • Yes, to Him be glory in the church now and to Him be much more glory in New Jerusalem. Today we have the firstfruit of the Spirit and the firstfruit of glory.

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  2. Praise to the Lamb.
    http://wp.me/p3tGFm-17

    Please have a look at my New Jerusalem page

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    • Shek1na, thanks for your link. I looked at your New Jerusalem page twice. It is good that you are focused on the word of God. My one concern about your page is using human illustrations for the heavenly and spiritual city. One example: Revelation mentions precious stones as part of the city; the New Testament has no focus on physical stones, the believers are the real stones; see the verses in newjerusalem12.wordpress.com/2012/07/21/living-stones.

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  3. angel de la cruz

     /  July 16, 2013

    amen.. to the be the glory..hallelujah..!!!

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