He is the Greatest

Rom. 3:26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

I don’t know if this is accurate but someone quoted Muhammed Ali as saying, “It ain’t bragging if you can do it”. The root of a lot of our problems is pride, thinking more of ourselves than is accurate. If you really think about it the only being this would be impossible for is God, it would be impossible for even God to exaggerate His greatness because His greatness has no end. If that is true, God’s glory is unlimited and deserves all of our attention and worship. Because of this everything exists to display or to show forth His glory, even us.

Today’s verse describes God’s greatest act of love, He vindicates His own righteousness and offers us infinite joy in His presence by His death on the cross. His glory and my joy resulting from one act. What an amazing God. Here is how John Piper describes it.
“Here is another profound reality that transforms the way I think about everything. God’s acting for his own sake and his acting for my sake are not at odds. They are, Edwards says, “not to be set in opposition” but “coincide with one another” and “are implied in one another.” This is massively important. It comes to expression in the cross, where God vindicates his own righteousness in the very act of saving us for infinite “joy at his right hand (Rom. 3:25-26; compare 1 Pet. 3:18; Ps. 16:11). It is the very heart of the gospel. The exaltation of [God’s] glory is the driving force of the gospel. The gospel is a gospel of grace! And grace is the pleasure of God to magnify the worth of God by giving sinners the right and power to delight in God without obscuring the glory of God.”

This is quite stunning, the Lord’s work of redemption was designed to display His love and grace so all of creation could see His glory on display. What are the results? We receive joy unspeakable in His presence. Rather than judgement and condemnation, I receive grace and glory. What a deal! So my point is this, bragging or pride is wrong because it is based on a lie. Since God’s glory is infinite and impossible to exaggerate it is impossible for pride to be an issue with God. He is the greatest.

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3 Replies to “He is the Greatest”

  1. PPREACH, PASTOR FRANK, HALLELUJAH!
    IT’S ALL HIS GLORY!!!!! PRAISE OUR KING OF KINGS! 🙂
    I BOAST IN HIM/THEM, HALLELUJAH….

    LOVE YOU, PASTOR, HALLELUJAH, HAVE A BLESSED AND FILLED DAY.
    OUR GLORIOUS KING, JESUS!!! 🙂

  2. A few thoughts. That quote was coined by Yogi Berra but it fits Ali persona. That quote is absolutely incorrect because bragging is boasting about ones accomplishments or abilities. Much like many other statements that are untrue, if repeated enough man comes to take them as truth. (Traditions of man)
    Things I laugh at is the thought that God has ever tried to show off, tried hard, or ever said, ” WHEW – that was close!”
    One of my most memorable experiences in God’s presence was when He showed up, sat down, did nothing and said nothing. I was straining to worship in that there was more worship due then could get out. Thought I was going to die, literally. The scripture, Exodus 33:20 is true to me because of that experience. Someone testified of her experience with God and said she could not wait for her glorified body because this body just couldn’t do – all I could do was grin from ear to ear.
    Anyone that questions God’s greatness my advice to you is to seek Him and when He shows up you will understand. All that reverent posturing and all that “we going to discuss this” will hit the floor right next to you. You will worship like never before. You will better understand Isaiah when he said he was undone! \o/

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