“To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (Revelation 1:5-6 ESV).
God proclaims in His Word again and again, “My glory I will not give to another” (Isaiah 48:11 ESV). As Paul says in his doxology in Romans 11:36, “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen” (ESV). All glory belongs to God alone; He will not give His glory to another… So why does God’s Word command us to glorify Jesus? Why does Revelation say to Jesus be glory and dominion forever and ever? Well, because Jesus is God. He is God the Son—the second person of the Trinity. Though He became truly man, He has been and always will be truly God. He was in the beginning with God and He is God (John 1:1-3). Indeed, as we’re told in Colossians 1:16b, “all things were created through him and for him” (ESV). So our very existence is tied to the glory of Christ… Magnifying the glory of Jesus is how we glorify God, because He is God.
The reformer, John Calvin, knew this all too well. That’s why he was such a passionate reformer. Calvin believed that the Catholic Church was attempting to destroy the glory of Christ. He said they were doing this, “by calling upon the saints to intercede, when Jesus Christ is the one mediator between God and man; by adoring the Blessed Virgin, when Christ alone shall be adored; by offering a continual sacrifice in the Mass, when the sacrifice of Christ upon the Cross is complete and sufficient.” So, perhaps the most fundamental doctrine behind the Protestant Reformation was the doctrine known as Soli Deo Gloria, or Glory to God Alone…
A passion to see the glory of God in Christ treasured, worship, adorned, enjoyed, and magnified above all else led Calvin and Luther and many others to stand firm against Rome. Their amazement of the grace of God in the gospel and the goodness of God in Christ led them to live and die in a way that proclaimed Soli Deo Gloria—a way that proclaimed, “To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” So, may we live, and die, the same way… May everything we are, everything we say and do proclaim Soli Deo Gloria!
I am nothing; Christ is all!