Today, our study will focus on two major redemption themes. One is the knowledge of the True and Living God (Jeremiah 9:23-24), and the other is having that knowledge translated into a life which is lived for the glory of God (1 Peter 4:11b). The elements of the bread and the cup are reminders of the sacrifice of The Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 10:16) on behalf of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). They remind us of the grace of God that pardons the repentant sinner who trusts in The Lord Jesus Christ as the sole basis for forgiveness of their sin (Titus 3:4-7).

Upon rebirth (1 Peter 1:23), the Spirit of God comes to dwell within the regenerated soul (Ephesians 1:13-14), and with His indwelling, wonderful changes begin to take place. The greatest wonder is a real knowledge of the True and Living God. Intimacy with Jesus Christ and The Father is the definition of eternal life according to Scripture (John 17:3; 1 John 1:3,4). As we yield our lives in total surrender to Christ (Romans 6), God begins to work in our hearts, “both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13), and we begin to show evidence of a genuine work of God. We manifest a life that is lived for the glory of God. Everything in the universe orbits around this one purpose: the glory of God.

As we go through some of these Biblical glory passages, I pray that God’s Spirit will freshly awaken us to this vital aspect of the Christian life. Creation exists for the glory of God (Psalm 19:1). The glory of God is to be the motive behind the exercising of spiritual gifts and talents (1 Peter 4:11). It is the glory of God that lights the Eternal City (Revelation 21:23). Our bodies are to be used for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 6:19,20). What we eat and drink is to be done for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). Our good works are to be displayed for the glory of God (Matthew 5:16).

Oh precious family, may the glory of God fill your heart and our worship, fellowship, and study of His word this morning! Nothing else matters. Every- thing and anything else is merely a form of godliness and just dead religion.

“Not unto us, Oh LORD, not unto us, but to Your name give glory” (Psalm 115:1).