- This means we are to represent God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in the fullness of Trinitarian character and attributes revealed through the Scriptures. (Romans 11:33-36; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; Revelation 5:12)
The “This” is referring to how we are to glorify God and worship Him. We worship by representing His truth – the truth of His being. We glorify Him by proclaiming what He has revealed about Himself. This glorifying worship can be in the form of music (or other art forms), literature, relationships, etc. It is the imaging of Who God that we worship and glorify Him. This is what He created us to do.
Paul tells us in Romans “from Him (Christ) and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory for ever. Amen.” The other passage that Camp lists that states it clearly is Revelation 5:12 “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing. ” Scripture is abundantly clear that we, believers, exist to glorify God. All of humanity was thrown into the bondage of sin. Man the part of God’s creation that was to image Him, has rejected being that image bearer and instead is in revolt. God has chosen to bring some men/women out of that God-hating bondage (2 Thessalonians 2:13-14) and conform them into the image of His Son. Even our sanctification is to bring glory to The Son. We are to do all we do to give glory to our Maker!
Some think that taking an attribute of God and spotlighting that is fulfilling this purpose; but it isn’t. Aaron and the children of Israel did something like that when Moses was up on the mountain and they made a calf of gold. Aaron looked at the calf and saw an attribute of Jehovah for he declared to the people, “This is your god, O Israel, who brought you out of the land of Egypt. Tomorrow shall be a feast to the LORD.” We are guilty of creating our own golden calves when we take on aspect of God and present that out of context. We are to represent God as He has revealed Himself in Scripture – the God of Justice as well as the God of mercy. We are to proclaim God’s wrath along with God’s love. Painting a warped picture of God doesn’t glorify Him in the least. As His children, we should desire to represent God, by His grace, according to the fullness of His character as He has revealed Himself through Scripture.
I was listening this week to a message by John Piper and he made the point that the majority of our life is really overflow. The things we say, gestures we use, “little” decisions we make almost without even thinking… all these are done out of an overflow of our core belief structure or perspective of reality. This is why sanctification is so important. As we become more like Jesus Christ those actions that are “overflow” will be conformed into imitating HIM. So this second theses of Steve’s isn’t so much an attempt at causing us to focus on our outward actions and strive to make them conform to a standard (this is where legalism tends to find it’s nutrition), but in causing us to be changed by beholding the face of God. In other words, I would urge you that the first action of Jesus Christ to begin to follow by God’s grace, is that of always looking to The Father. Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. ” He kept His eyes on The Father, and so should we. We are conformed to Him when we are consumed with Him.
Soli Deo Gloria!!