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Glory Be

February 15

 "But GOD forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, ..."   Galatians 6:14






"... the wrath of GOD toward sin, became the peace of GOD toward men."











Is not the pride of man one of the most insatiable appetites we hold?  Untrained and unrestrained, we think of, and speak of, none other than self.  The Bible calls this "vainglory" [kenodoxia] ... literally: empty glory, self conceit.  "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves."  Paul, in penning these words to the Philippian church, was not in some fit of identity, but had rather arrived at the profoundest of understanding.  One glimpse of the real us against the backdrop of true GLORY will be the vanquish of all vainglory.  It is there we discover the CROSS-road of truth and mercy; and there the brilliance of our LORD JESUS CHRIST snuffs out our noxious candle of self.  True glory knows only one OWNER, and thus it is that narrow as David solves the glory issue when he writes: "WHO is this KING of glory? The LORD of hosts, HE is the KING of glory. Selah." 

Hymn writer Isaac Watts, surely captured the thought of all this when he wrote: "Alas, and did my SAVIOR bleed? and did my SOVEREIGN die?  Would HE devote that Sacred Head for such a worm as I? ... At the Cross, at the Cross, where I first saw the light..."

 "Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other."  At Calvary, the wrath of GOD toward sin, became the peace of GOD toward men.  Paul rightly understood that every loyalty, save the cross of CHRIST, had to die.  "... by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world."  But beware beloved; mind, might, and money are formidable foes to the Christian: "Thus saith the LORD, let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth ME, that I am the LORD ..."  At the judgment bar of CHRIST, HE may look us over for scars; but don't count on any bonuses for all those medals of men you're acquiring.

"To declare, I say, at this time HIS righteousness: that HE might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in JESUS.  Where is boasting then? It is excluded." 

For Love of Country
King Charles I
(First Charter of Massachusetts; March 4, 1629)
"For the directing, ruling, and disposeing of all other Matters and Things, whereby our said People ... maie be soe religiously, peaceablie, and civilly governed, as their good life and orderlie Conversation, maie wynn and incite the Natives of the Country to the Knowledg and Obedience of the onlie true GOD and SAVIOR of Mankinde, and the Christian Fayth, which, in our Royall Intention, and the Adventurers free profession, is the principall Ende of this Plantation ..."

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