Glory Ponderings and Prayers

Father, thank so much that those of us who have been adopted into your kingdom “have access by faith” in Jesus alone “into this place of undeserved privilege” where we “safely and securely stand…in our hope” of “confidently and joyfully”—“experiencing and enjoying”—“the glorious things he has for us in the future.”

The previous is adapted from ROMANS 5:2, in these Bible versions:

Through Him, we also have access by faith into this [remarkable state of] grace in which we [firmly and safely and securely] stand. Let us rejoice in our hope and the confident assurance of [experiencing and enjoying] the glory of [our great] God [the manifestation of His excellence and power]. (Amplified Bible)

 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. (New Living Translation)

… here we take our stand, in happy certainty of the glorious things he has for us in the future. (J.B.Phillips New Testament)

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Help me (Roger-meaning “The Famous Spearman”) bring “glory to you,” glorify you, and bring “you honor” by completing the work of becoming a respected Bible inspired writer (through “the task” of founding and developing Glory of God Ministries).

The previous is adapted from JOHN 17:4, in these Bible versions:

 I have glorified You [down here] on the earth by completing the work that You gave Me to do. (Amplified Bible)

I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. (New Living Translation)

I have brought you honour upon earth, I have completed the task which you gave me to do. (J.B.Phillips New Testament)

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I confess that “everyone”—including me—has sinned (either outwardly being “lawless,” inwardly refusing “to believe” the gospel, or thinking things “without a conviction of its approval by God”). You’ve proved that we’re “utterly incapable of living” the glorious lives, “the honor and glory”, “the beauty of God’s plan” for us without your help.

The previous is adapted from ROMANS 3:23, in these Bible versions:

 Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives. (Amplified Bible-Classic Version)

proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us… (The Message Bible)

everyone falls short of the beauty of God’s plan. (J.B.Phillips New Testament)

…For whatever does not originate and proceed from faith is sin [whatever is done without a conviction of its approval by God is sinful]. ROMANS 14:23 (Amplified Bible-Classic Version)

…the man of lawlessness (sin) 2 THESSALONIANS 2:3 (Amplified Bible-Classic Version)

…He’ll show them that their refusal to believe in me is their basic sin JOHN 16:8-11 (The Message Bible)

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When we’re one of the “down-and-outers,” “poor,” or just “in humble circumstances,” we can “glory,” “cheer,” and “be glad” that “as a Christian” we’re “called to the true riches and to be an heir of God.”

The previous is adapted from JAMES 1:9, in these Bible versions:

Let the brother in humble circumstances glory in his elevation [as a Christian, called to the true riches and to be an heir of God], (Amplified Bible-Classic Version)

When downandouters get a break, cheer! (The Message Bible)

The brother who is poor may be glad because God has called him to the true richs. (J.B.Phillips New Testament)

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“Whatever you do” my readers (flossing teeth, driving vehicles, work performance) whether you eat or drink” “or anything else” all of it “should be done” “for the honor and glory of God.”

As I write this during the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero Brazil, Holy Spirit help us do everything for the honor and glory of The Father.

The previous is adapted from 1 CORINTHIANS 10:31, in these Bible versions:

…whether you eat or drink, or whatever you may do, do all for the honor and glory of God. (Amplified Bible)

 …whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do (New Living Translation)

or anything else, everything should be done to bring glory to God. (J.B.Phillips New Testament)

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 At the return of Jesus—“the Lord of hosts” –will “himself be” “a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty” “to the [converted] remnant of His people.”

The previous is adapted from ISAIAH 28:5, in these Bible versions:

…in that [future Messianic] day the Lord of hosts shall become a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty to the [converted] remnant of His people, (Amplified Bible-Classic Version)

Then at last the Lord of Heaven’s Armies  will himself be Israel’s glorious crown. (New Living Translation)

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Jesus, “(the Messiah) was given…glory and a kingdom”—what another version calls “the glory of royalty.” That “power to rule” is over “all the peoples, nations” or “everyone—race, color, and creed.”

The Message Bible seems to combine the words “glory” and “kingdom” from the Amplified Bible into the word “power.”

In my studies of the concept of the glory of God (see my single, or multi-session, writing on this subject), numerous others words seem to come under the broad umbrella of the word “glory.” The word “power” is one that comes up frequently, either added to the word “glory” or on its own.

The previous is adapted from  DANIEL 7:13-14, in these Bible versions:

And to Him (the Messiah) was given dominion (supreme authority), Glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations, and speakers of every language should serve and worship Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed. (Amplified Bible)

…He was given power to rule—all the glory of royalty.  Everyone—race, color, and creed—had to serve him. His rule would be forever, never ending.  His kingly rule would never be replaced. (The Message Bible)

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“I,” Roger, “will confess to you among the Gentiles” (anyone not part of “the Jews”), that “Christ” [a title added to the name “Jesus”] became “a servant and a minister” “to the Jews” “to show that God is true to the promises he made to their ancestors” and thereby establishes “God’s truth” (a concept I explore briefly in my book Crucial Characteristics.)

Now we, like the covenanted Jews, can also “glorify God for His mercy.”

The previous is adapted from  ROMANS 15:8-9, in these Bible versions:

For I tell you that Christ has become a servant and a minister…on behalf of God’s truth, to confirm and verify the promises…and for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy [to them, since God had no covenant with them]… (Amplified Bible)

Remember that Christ came as a servant to the Jews to show that God is true to the promises he made to their ancestors. He also came so that the Gentiles might give glory to God for his mercies to them (New Living Translation)

Christ…personally implemented the promises made long ago to the fathers, and also that the Gentiles might bring glory to God for his mercy to them. It is written: ‘For this reason I will confess to you among the Gentiles (J.B.Phillips New Testament)

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Like a Christian athlete in the Olympic Games, we too can say after we’ve achieved a measure of fame “take the glory! The honor! The power” God because “You created it all”—all of our gifts and talents.

The previous  is adapted from  REVELATION 4:11, in these Bible versions:

…Take the glory! the honor! the power! You created it all… (The Message Bible)

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When anyone is “insulted and reviled,” “abused,” or “reproached” “for being Christ’s followers,” the third part of God “the Spirit of glory…is resting on you and indwelling you,” “his glory.”

They can take “comfort in God’s salvation regardless of…circumstances.” So, “if they’re on you…because you’re a Christian, don’t give it a second thought.” You have “nothing to be ashamed of.” “Whom they curse, you glorify.”

The previous is adapted from  1 PETER 4:14, in these Bible versions:

If you are insulted and reviled for [bearing] the name of Christ, you are blessed [happy, with life-joy and comfort in God’s salvation regardless of your circumstances], because the Spirit of glory and of God is resting on you [and indwelling you—He whom they curse, you glorify]. (Amplified Bible)

If you’re abused because of Christ, count yourself fortunate. It’s the Spirit of God and his glory in you that brought you to the notice of others. If they’re on you…because you’re a Christian, don’t give it a second thought. Be proud of the distinguished status reflected in that name! (The Message Bible)

If you are reproached for being Christ’s followers, that is a great privilege…If he suffers as a Christian he has nothing to be ashamed of and may glorify God in Christ’s name. (J.B.Phillips New Testament)

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