Glory: “Doxa” means honor, praise; an opinion, estimation, representation, ie “due acknowledgement of the exhibition of His attributes, character and ways to and through His believers.” Also, a “genuine and accurate confession of sins, bringing glory to His name” (found in Joshua 7:19).
John 5:44 “How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?”
Romans 2:7 “…to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life…”
Observation: This is not a condemnation of desiring glory, affirmation, approval and credit—this is natural–all men do it. The bible actually affirms seeking glory—but only from God, not from men. The scripture teaches the hope of receiving glory from God, on His terms, is a legitimate biblical motive.
1Corinthians 4:7 “What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?”
- Receiving glory is fraudulently accepting credit for what is not mine to accept.
- How can one take credit away from God, when we add nothing?
- Glory from men is not reliable, misleading and ultimately destructive to me and the testimony of Him. We simply cannot receive or believe it.
Romans 4:20 “Yet, with respect to the promise of God, he (Abraham) did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God.”
Giving glory is the opposite of receiving glory. It is giving credit where it is due.
1Peter 4:11 “Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever.”
2Co 10:18 “For it is not he who commends himself that is approved, but he whom the Lord commends.”
Matthew 25:23 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.”
Romans 5:2 “Through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.”
- Make a correct representation of His character through behavior.
- Refuse reception and belief of the credit.
- Instead, acknowledge where the credit, honor and praise is due, to whom it belongs.
- Do not seek the approval or affirmation of men, but have God as your only audience.
- To desire glory is our hope, albeit delayed to the future, from Him.
- Application: How to be gracious with a response to a complement without piousness and false humility? (How about: “Thank you for saying that, but I must acknowledge if there is any praise it must be made toward God, for I owe Him the credit.)