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Living that Our Lives Glorify God (3 of 6)
I Peter 4:10-11
June 30, 2002
INTRODUCTION: When our lives glorify God, they in essence, honor Him for who He is.
Matthew 5:16, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."
A godly life gives convincing testimony of the saving power of God. That brings Him glory.
1 Peter 2:12, "having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation."
Peter was teaching that when the grace of God visits the heart of an unbeliever, he will respond with saving faith and glorify God because he remembers the testimony of believers he had observed.
John 15:7-8, "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples."
"abide in Me" - means to remain or stay. The "remaining" is evidence that salvation has taken place. The fruit or evidence of salvation is continuance in service to Him and His teaching. It is a life of commitment that holds fast to Christ's words, obeys, and practices His teachings.
Because of that commitment to God's Word, they are devoted to His will, thus their prayers are fruitful, which puts God's glory on display as He answers.
BACK TO TODAY'S TEXT:
"that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ"
The theme of this passage is serving for God's glory. Serving with the gifts that God has given us is the expression of God's grace working within each believer. In this text we will see that God's "grace gifts" give each believer the desire and the power to concentrate on a particular aspect of spiritual concern. In the context of Eph. 4:11, they are gifts given by the Holy Spirit in order to carry out the work of the church (ministry). ...
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