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Glory

Maya Angelou

Everybody born comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory. We come from the Creator with creativity. I think that each one of us is born with creativity.

Johann Sebastian Bach

The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.

John Calvin

The whole world is a theatre for the display of the divine goodness, wisdom, justice, and power, but the Church is the orchestra, as it were—the most conspicuous part of it; and the nearer the approaches are that God makes to us, the more intimate and condescending the communication of his benefits, the more attentively are we called to consider them.

Commentary on Psalms – Volume 5

Jonathan Edwards

Grace is but Glory begun, and Glory is but Grace perfected.

Epictetus

The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.

Ken Follett

“His aim was the glory of God, but the glory of Philip pleased him too.”

The Pillars of the Earth 

John G Lake  

The glory of God is as destructive of evil as it is creative of good.

Madeleine L’Engle

In a very real sense not one of us is qualified, but it seems that God continually chooses the most unqualified to do his work, to bear his glory. If we are qualified, we tend to think that we have done the job ourselves. If we are forced to accept our evident lack of qualification, then there’s no danger that we will confuse God’s work with our own, or God’s glory with our own.

Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art.

C.S. Lewis

There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously – no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption. And our charity must be real and costly love, with deep feelings for the sins in spite of which we love the sinner – no mere tolerance, or indulgence which parodies love as flippancy parodies merriment. Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbour is the holiest object presented to your senses … for in him also Christ ‘vere latitat’ – the glorifier and the glorified, Glory Himself, is truly hidden.

The Weight of Glory

C.S. Lewis

“Son, ‘he said,’ ye cannot in your present state understand eternity…That is what mortals misunderstand. They say of some temporal suffering, “No future bliss can make up for it,” not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory.”

The Great Divorce

C.S. Lewis

A man can no more diminish God’s gloryby refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling ‘darkness’ on the wall of his cell.

Eric Liddell

In the dust of defeat as well as the laurels of victory there is a glory to be found if one has done his best.

C.S. Lewis

Son,’he said,’ ye cannot in your present state understand eternity…That is what mortals misunderstand. They say of some temporal suffering, “No future bliss can make up for it,” not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory.”

The Great Divorce

Martin Luther

May the Lord, whose cause this is, enlighten you and make you a vessel to honour and glory. Amen.

The Bondage of the Will

Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.

Max Lucado

God will use whatever he wants to display his glory. Heavens and stars. History and nations. People and problems.

Irenaeus of Lyon

The glory of God is a human being fully alive.

Handley Moule

The harlot, the liar, the murderer, are short of it [sc. God’s glory]; but so are you. Perhaps they stand at the bottom of a mine, and you on the crest of an Alp; but you are as little able to touch the stars as they.

The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans, in The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges, Cambridge University Press.

William Penn

No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.

 

R.C. Sproul

We do not segment our lives, giving some time to God, some to our business or schooling, while keeping parts to ourselves. The idea is to live all of our lives in the presence of God, under the authority of God, and for the honor and glory of God. That is what the Christian life is all about.

Charles H. Spurgeon

You will never glory in God till first of all God has killed your glorying in yourself.

The Westminster Shorter Catechism

Q: What is the chief end of man?

A: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

Mark Buchanan

The heart of wickedness and godlessness is that: a refusal to glorify God. It’s the refusal to thank Him.

The Holy Wild (Colorado Springs: Multnomah, 2005), 105.

Source Unknown

The way up is to go down; the way down is to go up.

Thomas Manton

[At Calvary] Satan triumphed visibly, but Christ triumphed invisibly.

The Complete Works of Thomas Manton (London: James Nisbet, 1874), 18:213.

Jonathan Edwards

The glory of Christ is such, that it is of a transforming nature. It’s of a powerful nature: it changes all that behold it into the same image; it reaches to the bottom of the heart, to the most inner soul; it is a sight that purifies and beautifies.

“A Sight of the Glory of Christ,” in Jonathan Edwards Sermons, ed. Wilson H. Kimnach (New Haven, CT: Yale University, 1728), 2 Cor. 3:18.

Tony Reinke

Two theaters compete for our gaze: the theater of sin on earth and the theater of glory where Christ is.

Taken from Competing Spectacles by Tony Reinke, © 2019, p,88. Used by permission of Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, www.crossway.org.

Ephrem of Syria

All these changes did the Merciful One effect: Stripping of His glory and putting on a body; For He had devised a way to reclothe Adam, In that glory which Adam had stripped off.

C.S. Lewis

The promise of glory is the promise, almost incredible and only possible by the work of Christ, that some of us, that any of us … shall please God… to be loved by God, not merely pitied, but delighted in as an artist delights in his work or a father in a son – it seems impossible, a weight or burden of glory which our thoughts can hardly sustain. But so it is.

Martin Luther

If silver and gold are things evil in themselves, then those who keep away from them deserve to be praised. But if they are good creatures of God, which we can use both for the needs of our neighbor and for the glory of God, is not a person silly, yes, even unthankful to God, if he refrains from them as if they were evil?

Martin Luther

If silver and gold are things evil in themselves, then those who keep away from them deserve to be praised. But if they are good creatures of God, which we can use both for the needs of our neighbor and for the glory of God, is not a person silly, yes, even unthankful to God, if he refrains from them as if they were evil?

Jared C. Wilson

The through-line of the scriptures is that God has prioritized his own glory—over and over, we see how everything he says and does is to make his glory known, for his own “namesake”—and this means that his ultimate concern for us is that we be holy.

The Gospel According to Satan: Eight Lies about God that Sound Like the Truth, Nelson Books, 2020.

Jared C. Wilson

God is not opposed to our happiness; he only wishes that we find our ultimate happiness in him.

The Gospel According to Satan: Eight Lies about God that Sound Like the Truth, Nelson Books, 2020.

Matthew McCullough

Glory [is not] transient but eternal. Not vaporous but weighty. Not fragmented and fleeting, but joy fulfilled and forever. Because whatever glory may be like, it is defined by the presence of God himself, apart from whom there is no good thing.

Remember Death: The Surprising Path to Living Hope (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2018)

Andrew Peterson

Since we were made to glorify God, worship happens when someone is doing exactly what he or she was made to do.

 Adorning the Dark: Thoughts on Community, Calling, and the Mystery of Making, B&H Books, 2019.

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