"With one mind and one mouth glorifyâ?¦God..."
Text: Romans 15:6
This was one of the major themes in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. One of the texts may be cited here.
“That we who first trusted in Christ should be to
the praise of His glory.”
We now have another clearly written text about the challenge to glorify God.
“That you may with one mind and with one mouth
glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
THE EXAMPLE OF JESUS GLORIFYING HIS FATHER
The supreme example of the Lord Jesus Christ must be borne in mind! In the classic High Priestly Prayer (John 17), Jesus uttered these moving words.
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son,
that Your Son also may glorify You.”
I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work
which You have given Me to do.”
John 17:1, 4
The example of the Lord Jesus seeking to glorify His Father must speak to our hearts deeply! Let us be moved to emulate His example.
THE CHALLENGE TO GLORIFY GOD
Paul sought to teach the Roman believers to cultivate the grace of glorifying God!
1. Glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
a) The formal address of God must be noted.
He is called “The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”. Paul had a tremendous sense of awe whenever he wrote about Him.
b) A solemn call is issued to glorify God.
With the formal address of God the Father, the call to glorify Him is also solemnly issued.
2. How is God best glorified in the Church?
Paul urged his readers to pursue the following thought about glorifying God the Father. Unity seems to be foremost in the apostle’s mind.