The manifestation of the glory and grace of God

The manifestation of the glory and grace of God.
It was Gisbertus Voetius, the theologian, who said that the first goal
of mission work to the unconverted is the display or the
manifestation of the glory and grace of God. All of creation exists for
the glory of God. We see this truth throughout Scripture. Everything
that exists, exists to glorify God: the starry constellations, the sun
and moon, the varieties of animal and bird and plant life, the insect
world, and all human beings. And the apex of God’s glory is his grace
revealed in the gospel of Jesus Christ. 
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who
has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the
heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the
foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless
before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons
through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the
praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the
Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the
forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his
grace,” (Ephesians 1:3-7 ESV)
The reason why we evangelize, the reason we go out and share the
gospel and make God known to the world, is because it glorifies God.
God designed and planned it to be that way. The way God will save
all his elect and the way He planned it and executed his plan in
history, and the way he uses the means of preaching the gospel and
the way he applies salvation to the human heart through the Holy
Spirit, gives him the greatest glory. We don’t evangelize to glorify
ourselves. We don’t evangelize so that we can get trophies and
applause from the Christian community or the world. We don’t
evangelize so that we can become famous. We don’t do it to be
honored by men. We evangelize because there is no other way that
people can be rescued from the power of sin and Satan and the
wrath of God. We evangelize because God commands us to do so.


We do so because God ordained that it would be through the
preaching of the gospel that people would be saved for God’s glory.
The word of God states:
“For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be
saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not
believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they
have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone
preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?
As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who
preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the
gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has
heard from us?” So, faith comes from hearing, and hearing
through the word of Christ.” (Romans‬ 10:13-17‬ ESV‬‬)‬‬‬‬
The gospel humbles the pride of man. It leaves no room for men to
boast in their own achievements or titles or qualifications. The
gospel leaves no room for man to lift his head in pride and glory in
his own righteousness. The proclamation of the gospel leads to God
extending his grace to vile sinners like you and me. God wants to
display and manifest his grace to sinners, and he has chosen to do
this through the proclamation of the gospel (See 1 Corinthians 1:21). 
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all
people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly
passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in
the present age,” (Titus 2:11-12 ESV)
God is most glorified through the gospel because it is there that
people are united in fellowship with Him. And God wants to extend
this grace to all peoples, people from every nation and tribe and
language group (Read Revelation 5:9). When people are united to
God through Christ in the Holy Spirit, God achieves his purpose of
being glorified. Let those who boast, boast in Christ, for God has
made Christ to be our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctification,
and our redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30). 


Dear reader: Are you committed to being involved in the
manifestation of God’s glory and grace? God seeks for people to be
committed to becoming his image bearers, proclaiming his glorious
gospel to a lost world. God is seeking people who will proclaim his
gospel so that He might be glorified.
“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel
to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15 ESV)