“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1Cor. 6:20.
“For ye are bought with a price… we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins… ye know that ye were…redeemed…with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish, and without spot…Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing… Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.” (Col.1:14; 1Pet. 1:18,19; Rev. 5:12;1Cor. 7:23).
We are bought with a price because of the glory, abundant riches, of the King’s mercy, grace, goodness and love. Now, He calls on His redeemed to gift Him with glory. Here is the mystery: How can humans give glory to the One who is full of glory?
“…therefore glorify God in your body…our Savior Jesus Christ…gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works… by the mercies of God…present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service… According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain… Ye…are…an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ…ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light…whereas…by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God…even so yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. (Titus 2:13b,14; Rom. 12:1; Phil. 1:20,21; 1Pet. 2:5,9,12;Rom. 6:19c).
“…and in your spirit…there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding… true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth… worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh…count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord… Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters… Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.( Job 32:8; John 4:23b,24; Phil. 3:3,8; Rev. 14:7;Ps. 107:21,22).
“…which are Gods…your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own…For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s… The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” (1Cor. 6:19 Rom. 14:7,8;;Rom. 8:16).
The believer’s life in Christ is the glory we gift to the King. The testimony of Christ seen in the character and work of His own gives weight to the truth of who He is. He doesn’t need our testimony, for He is who He is, but He has called on us to show His light to a world in darkness. He has given us the privilege to magnify Him with the sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving, declaring His works with rejoicing. As we bear His name, we give weight or glory to the truth of who He is.
King of Glory, may we today and always bring you glory.
If you have a minute, take this opportunity to reread the post and find ways to glorify the King. How might you give Him glory in this day?