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The Glory of God

“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14)

This description of the future from the prophet Habakkuk is breathtaking. God desires that all of the peoples of the earth know how glorious He is – as deep and ubiquitous as water is to the sea. The Lord is going to accomplish this purpose so dramatically and definitively that it defies our ability to comprehend. If such a Day could be on the horizon, how can missionary labor in this generation act in agreement with this ultimate mission in His heart? What is the pressing need which must be met in light of this facet of the crisis of the hour? The answer is found in real people going to the ends of the earth and telling the nations how glorious Jesus is.

Not all posts in this section will be directly related to God's purpose for the nations. Some will simply work through the unrelenting biblical testimony that the ultimate purpose of God in all things (creation, redemption, sanctification, judgment, etc.) is His own renown. Thus, whether direct or indirect, the goal is to bind our hearts to the passion of God's heart, so that the glorification of God would ever be the plumb line of all our sending and going.

Why Not Die?

February 13, 2016 By Stephen Venable in The Glory of God

We follow the Lamb who was slain. Jesus gave His life over to a brutal death in his early thirties. We are called to imitate Him and He promised that the world should react to us in the same way it lashed back at His presence (John 15:18-21). Death is not a shocking development - it is the appointed punishment for the treason of sin that will hunt down every man in time (Hebrews 9:27). From dust we were formed and God has decreed that it is to the dust that we will return (Psalm 90:3). So why not die?

Severe Joy

May 1, 2015 By Stephen Venable in The Glory of God

Something strange has happened to me enough times that I feel I can no longer rightly deem it strange. It occurs when in the midst of reading some rather severe or jarring presentation of the truth that God's own glorification stands as the ultimate end of all that He does. By this I intend no harsh connotations. I am speaking of the very best kind of severity. Ensnared by such words, I suddenly realize I have become so full of joy that I am almost at the point of laughter.

Where Are We Going?

March 12, 2015 By Stephen Venable in The Glory of God

"For the sake of My name I delay My wrath, and for My praise I restrain it for you, in order not to cut you off. Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. For My own sake, for My own sake, I will act; for how can My name be profaned? And My glory I will not give to another." (Isaiah 48:9-11)