It is a glory to God to have multitudesof converts; now, his design of free grace takes, and God hasthe glory of his mercy; so that, while we are endeavouring oursalvation, we are honouring God.
Yet he is not far from each one of us, for `In him we live and move and have our being'; as even some of your poets have said, `For we are indeed his offspring.' Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the Deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, a representation by the art and imagination of man.
If Tully, Demosthenes,and Plato, who had but the dim watch-light of reason to see by,fancied an elysium and happiness after this life, and took suchHerculean pains to enjoy it, oh how should Christians, who havethe light of Scripture to see by, bestir themselves that theymay attain to the eternal fruition of God and glory!
And for the ephod, it showed that God had made the universe offour elements; and as for the gold interwoven, I suppose it relatedto the splendor by which all things are enlightened.
We could not now bear that glory, it would overwhelm us,as a weak eye cannot behold the sun; but God will capacitate usfor glory; our souls shall be so heavenly, and perfected withholiness, that they may be able to enjoy the blessed vision ofGod.
Someone who travels through unknown places to make discoveries and investigations
Gold, God, Glory:
A phrase giving the reasons why the early European Explorers went to the New World.
Why would they risk starvation, drowning, disease, and death?
In the 1400's, European Countries were competing for Natural Resources.
6:20,"Glorify God in your body, and in your spirit." Theglory we give God is nothing else but our lifting up his namein the world, and magnifying him in the eyes of others.
"Thou, Lord, art most high for evermore." Psalm97:9, "Thou art exalted far above all gods." There isin God all that may draw forth both wonder and delight; thereis a constellation of all beauties; he is [thefirst cause], the original and spring-head of being, who shedsa glory upon the creature.
Countries taking over a group of people is called
Big Picture Question:
What factor (Gold, God, or Glory) do you believe was the biggest motivation factor for exploration?
The curious workmanship of heaven sets forth the gloryof its Maker; the firmament is beautified and pencilled out inblue and azure colours, where the power and wisdom of God maybe clearly seen.
If an explorer found new land, he was paid in gold and riches by the King and Queen of his country.
Glory was to be found in the adventure and in the land they might claim, making them rich lords and not poor sailors.
Surely man should be much more studious of God's glory than theangels; for God has honoured him more than the angels, in thatChrist took man's nature upon him, and not the angels.
One evening Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that involved a greatimage. It was of gold, silver, brass, and iron. The head was ofgold. This represented the kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar and was God'sway of acknowledging that Babylon was indeed magnificent. But,as God went on to point out, Babylon would be succeeded by anotherkingdom represented by the silver arms and chest of the figure,that kingdom by another represented by the figure's brass middleportions, and then that by a kingdom represented by the legs ofiron. It was only at the end of this period that the eternal kingdomof God in Christ would come and overthrow all others, grow andfill the earth. In this vision God was telling Nebuchadnezzarthat he was not as important as he thought he was and that itwas God Himself who rules history.
In the next chapter Nebuchadnezzar sets up a gold statue onthe plain of Dura. On the surface this seems to be only the foolishgesture of a vain monarch who insists that the statue be worshipedas a symbol of the unity of the empire. However, when the storyis read with the vision of the statue of chapter 2 in view, onerealizes that the later episode actually shows Nebuchadnezzarrebelling against God's decree. God had said, "Your kingdomwill be succeeded by other kingdoms, kingdoms of silver, brassand iron." Nebuchadnezzar replied, "No, my kingdom willendure; it will always be glorious--I will create a statue ofwhich not only the head will be of gold, but the shoulders, thighsand legs also. It will all be of gold, for it will represent meand my descendants forever." This personal involvement withthe statue explains the king's violent reaction when the threeJewish men refused to bow down to it.
God has already set a precedent to use California to lead the nation that leads the world. It is the prayer of this author that this book will encourage and energize the Christians of the world to pray the Golden State into its spiritual future. There is a battle in the heavenlies for the soul of California. California needs a fresh move of God and the world needs California to arise to the call of God and its “Manifest Destiny”.
Truly God’s Country!