The FISHERS 50th Anniversary
 

It is Glory All the Way, Only If ...


Looking back over more than five decades, it is a great wonder how God consistently sustains the production of the Fishers magazine. Many readers and those who have the opportunity to serve and contribute to this ministry are thrilled by God’s faithfulness in providing for our needs in many ways, particularly in the areas of funds and the continued supply of good articles.

On the subject of articles, have you noticed that all of them glorify God? From the eternal wonders of the Gospel message to the testimonies of believers as they gratefully thank the Lord for saving them from the bondage of sin, to the articles filled with Christ-centred and Bible-based principles to guide us in life, all point to God’s glory.

What then is God’s glory? It is an expression of His character and attributes such as His goodness, love, justice, power and holiness (Exo 33:18-19, 34:6-7, Ps 29:3, Isa 6:3, Jn 12:41, Rom 3:23). Warren Wiersbe describes the glory of God as the sum total of all that He is and does. Everything that God thinks and does is marked by glory and He reveals His glory in creation, in His dealings with Israel, and especially in His plan of salvation for lost sinners. Wiersbe further explains that a believing Christian is one born in glory, kept for glory, prepared for glory and able to enjoy glory now. He is one who starts his new life in glory and it is glory all the way, only because he has believed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Have you realised that God is willing to share certain aspects of His glory with you if you are a true Christian?  I hope that this article will remind us of this glorious truth, and cause us to ponder how others can also share in God’s glory, for His glory.

Christians Gloriously Saved by Christ, Share in His Glory
God’s ultimate goal for any of His actions is to uphold and display the glory of His Name. God chose His people for His glory and to share His glory with them. He will defend His glory and will never share His glory or His praise with carved idols (Isa 42:8). Yet, He most willingly invites sinners to share in His glory and 1 Thes 2:11-12 attests to this with, just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children, so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.”

God’s generosity and love are incredible, and this is illustrated most profoundly when Jesus assured the thief on the cross who cried out to Him, Truly, I say to you, today you shall be with me in Paradise(Lk 23:43); not as a tourist but as one who would see, share and taste Jesus’ glory forever! Why? This is the very message that Jesus came to preach; the love of God and His willingness to share His glory with all who believe in Christ. Paul explains this further in 2 Thes 2:13-14, But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Christians Enjoy and Reflect the Glory of God
In the Old Testament (OT), King David had tasted the glory of God and would not ask for anything less. Are we not encouraged to follow in his footsteps? For David declared, One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD and to meditate in His temple(Ps 27:4). David was not referring to a physical temple; rather, his heart was seeking to be in the very presence of God every single day of his life. What pleasures to enjoy! What enjoyment of God’s glory because he was delighting in the perfections of God.

Another OT character was Job, whom God singled out as worthy to be tested by Satan for the sake of God’s glory because of his integrity, righteousness, and blameless and God-fearing life. At the end of the book of Job, God again was most glorified when Job repented as he was really satisfied and overwhelmed by the new understanding of God’s infinite greatness and power, despite not knowing the reason for his innocent suffering.

Let us look at the motivation for reflecting God’s glory daily, as Paul wrote But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit”(2 Cor 3:18). The unveiled face is explained as turning to the Lord (v. 16) – believing in Christ Jesus as Saviour and Lord, and the repentant sinner immediately can see and start to reflect the glory of the Lord.

The same call from Paul to the Thessalonians is given to us, to live in such a way that God will consider worthy. The way to have God call us worthy is to reflect His glory daily. In this respect, the Thessalonians were displaying their worthiness by becoming partakers of suffering and imitators of Paul and Christ, by witnessing to others of their faith in Christ and by living righteously.

Christians will be Glorified on the Day of Christ’ Return
Combining the words in Jn 17:20 & 24, 1 Jn 3:2b and 1 Thes 4:13-17, we have the solid, unshakeable promise of a glorified change-over from our corrupt, sin-stained physical bodies to transformed bodies – holy and blameless to meet our Saviour, Redeemer and Lord. These changes and privileges are indescribable and beyond anyone’s imagination. Therefore, let’s look forward to it with all anticipation and great hope. The Christian who cherishes His return will live his life to please God. He will live a holy life and will not want to fall or stumble over sins that once enslaved him. The living hope of seeing the visible return of Jesus Christ is a powerful motivation to keep one pure because our Lord Jesus is pure.

Christians have God’s Guarantee to Glorify Them Because He is Faithful
 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass” (1 Thes 5:23-24).

Let us hold fast to the truth of God’s faithfulness, without wavering despite our feeble faith, sinful desires and frequent failures to live righteously. Indeed, God can keep us from falling as Jude 24 explains, Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy…”  Our present struggles, failures and sins are stumbling blocks but the ongoing work of transforming our lives by God is very intentional and will not fail because God is trustworthy and faithful.

Conclusion
Let us be amazed at the wonders of what God has given us; He will continue to lavish us with manifold blessings all because of Christ’s redemptive work that saves us. But, do we rejoice with certainty on all that will come to pass on the Day of His Return, just for ourselves? What about people who have never heard the Good News of Christ because they are unreached, without a church, without Bibles and Christian messengers?

Why should they be excluded from hearing the Gospel? Who is to bring to them the Gospel message that will save them? In what form should the salvation of Christ be made known to them? Does Fishers have a place in that salvation trail? Do you know of any unsaved family members and friends who would benefit from reading the Gospel message and the testimonies of believers in Fishers? If so, why not share a copy of Fishers with them?

Remember this humbling truth, that it is glory all the way for a person, only if the Gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ is made known and believed by him or her.


Quek Yong Kwang
- Yong Kwang is a past editor of Fishers.

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