“Show Me Thy Glory”
MEMORY VERSE: “‘And the
glory which Thou gavest Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We
are one.’” John 17:22.
STUDY HELP: God’s Amazing
Grace, 322; That I May Know Him, 131.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “The
glory of God is His character.”
“The glory of God is His character.…This character was
revealed in the life of Christ. That He might by His own example condemn
sin in the flesh, He took upon Himself the likeness of sinful flesh.
Constantly He beheld the character of God; constantly He revealed this character
to the world. Christ desires His followers to reveal in their lives this
same character.”…Reflecting Christ, 214.
1 What evidence of the glory of God may be seen by
all? Psalm 19:1. Compare Psalm 8:3, 4; Isaiah
NOTE: “The glory of God is
displayed in His handiwork. Here are mysteries that the mind will become
strong in searching out. Minds that have been amused and abused by reading
fiction may in nature have an open book, and read truth in the works of God
around them. All may find themes for study in the simple leaf of the
forest tree, the spires of grass covering the earth with their green velvet
carpet, the plants and flowers, the stately trees of the forest, the lofty
mountains, the granite rocks, the restless ocean, the precious gems of light
studding the heavens to make the night beautiful, the exhaustless riches of the
sunlight, the solemn glories of the moon, the winter’s cold, the summer’s heat,
the changing, recurring seasons, in perfect order and harmony, controlled by
infinite power; here are subjects which call for deep thought, for the stretch
of the imagination.” Child Guidance, 49.
2 What does the Bible tell us about man’s
creation? Psalm 8:4, 5; Isaiah 43:7.
NOTE: “God created man for
His own glory, that after test and trial the human family might become one with
the heavenly family. It was God’s purpose to repopulate heaven with the
human family, if they would show themselves obedient to His every word.
Adam was to be tested, to see whether he would be obedient, as the loyal angels,
or disobedient. If he stood the test, his instruction to his children
would have been only of loyalty. His mind and thoughts would have been as
the mind and thoughts of God.…God made Adam after His own character, pure and
upright. There were no corrupt principles in the first Adam, no corrupt
propensities or tendencies to evil. Adam was as faultless as the angels
before God’s throne. These things are inexplainable, but many things which
now we cannot understand will be made plain when we shall see as we are seen,
and know as we are known.” God’s Amazing Grace, 344.
3 What prevents man from giving glory to God?
NOTE: “The only definition
we find in the Bible for sin is that ‘sin is the transgression of the law’ (1
John 3:4). The Word of God declares, ‘All have sinned, and come short of
the glory of God’ (Romans 3:23). ‘There is none that doeth good, no, not
one’ (Romans 3:12). Many are deceived concerning the condition of their
hearts. They do not realize that the natural heart is deceitful above all
things, and desperately wicked. They wrap themselves about with their own
righteousness, and are satisfied in reaching their own human standard of
character; but how fatally they fail when they do not reach the divine standard,
and of themselves they cannot meet the requirements of God.” Selected
Messages,Book 1, 320.
Me Thy Glory”
4 When Moses asked God to reveal His glory, what
was he shown? Exodus 33:18, 19; 34:6,7.
NOTE: “The glory of God is
His character, and to us it is manifest in Christ. It is by beholding Him
that we become changed,—by contemplating the character of Christ, learning His
lessons, obeying His words. Enlightened by His Spirit, the believer sees
no virtue or merit in himself. There is naught but deformity. But he
beholds Jesus, and the glory of the Redeemer manifested in His atoning
sacrifice, and His justifying righteousness, His fullness of grace, not only to
pardon but to sanctify, fills his whole soul with admiration of the holiness and
love of God; and in contemplating this goodness and mercy and love, he becomes
transformed in character.” Present Truth, December 29,
5 How did John describe the glory of the incarnate
Christ? John 1:14.
NOTE: “All that man needs to
know or can know of God has been revealed in the life and character of His Son.
. . . Taking humanity upon Him, Christ came to be one with humanity and at the
same time to reveal our heavenly Father to sinful human beings. He was in
all things made like unto His brethren. He became flesh, even as we
are. He was hungry and thirsty and weary. He was sustained by food
and refreshed by sleep. He shared the lot of men, and yet He was the
blameless Son of God.…Tender, compassionate, sympathetic, ever considerate of
others, He represented the character of God, and was constantly engaged in
service for God and man.” The Faith I Live By, 17.
6 What was the purpose of Christ’s life?
NOTE: “In all the gracious
deeds that Jesus did, He sought to impress upon men the parental, benevolent
attributes of God. In all His lessons He was seeking to teach men the
wonderful truth that ‘God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting
life.’ Jesus would have us understand the love of the Father, and He seeks
to draw us to Him by presenting His parental grace. He would have the
whole field of our vision filled with the perfection of God’s character.
In His prayer for His disciples He says, ‘I have glorified Thee on the earth: I
have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do. I have manifested Thy
name unto the men which Thou gavest Me out of the world.’ Jesus came into
the world to illustrate the character of God in His own life, and He swept back
the misrepresentations that Satan had originated, and revealed the glory of
God. It was only by living among men that He could reveal the mercy,
compassion, and love of His heavenly Father; for it was only by actions of
benevolence that He could set forth the grace of God. The unbelief of men
was deep seated, and yet they could not resist the testimony of His God-like
example, and His deeds of love and truth.” Sons and Daughters of
Glory Which Thou Gavest Me”
7 Who is to continue this work of revealing God’s
glory to mankind? John 17:22.
NOTE: “Christ desires His
followers to reveal in their lives this same character. In His
intercessory prayer for His disciples He declared: ‘The glory [character] which
Thou gavest Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are one; I in
them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world
may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me’
(John 17:22, 23). Today it is still His purpose to sanctify and cleanse
His church ‘…that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having
spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing…’ (Ephesians 5:26, 27). No
greater gift than the character that He revealed, can Christ ask His Father to
bestow upon those who believe on Him. What largeness there is in His
request! What fullness of grace every follower of Christ has the privilege
of receiving!…O that we might more fully appreciate the honor Christ confers
upon us! By wearing His yoke and learning of Him, we become like Him in
aspiration, in meekness and lowliness, in fragrance of character.”
God’s Amazing Grace, 322.
8 What command forms the heart of the First
Angel’s Message? Revelation 14:7.
NOTE: “To give glory to God
is to reveal His character in our own, and thus make Him known. And in
whatever way we make known the Father or the Son, we glorify God.…Satan is
seeking to veil Jesus from our sight, to eclipse His light, for when we get even
a glimpse of His glory we are attracted to Him. Sin hides from our view
the matchless charms of Jesus; prejudice, selfishness, self-righteousness, and
passion blind our eyes, so that we do not discern the Saviour. Oh, if we
would by faith draw nigh to God, He would reveal to us His glory, which is His
character, and the praise of God would flow forth from human hearts, and be
sounded by human voices. Then we would forever cease to give glory to
Satan by sinning against God and talking doubt and unbelief. We would no
longer stumble along grumbling, and mourning, and covering the altar of God with
our tears. If we would behold Jesus, believing His words, we would reflect
the image of Him who hath called us out of darkness into His marvelous light,
and what a wave of glory would flow back from earth to heaven!” Signs
of the Times, October 17, 1892.
of the Glory of God”
9 What experience gives us the hope that our lives
may reveal the glory of God? Romans 5:1, 2.
NOTE: “The great work that
is wrought for the sinner who is spotted and stained by evil is the work of
justification. By Him who speaketh truth he is declared righteous.
The Lord imputes unto the believer the righteousness of Christ and pronounces
him righteous before the universe. He transfers his sins to Jesus, the
sinner’s representative, substitute, and surety. Upon Christ He lays the
iniquity of every soul that believeth. ‘He hath made Him to be sin for us,
who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.’ 2
Corinthians 5:21.…Through repentance and faith we are rid of sin, and look unto
the Lord our righteousness. Jesus suffered, the just for the
unjust.…Having made us righteous through the imputed righteousness of Christ,
God pronounces us just, and treats us as just. He looks upon us as His
dear children. Christ works against the power of sin, and where sin
abounded, grace much more abounds. ‘Therefore being justified by faith, we
have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access
by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of
God.’ Romans 5:1, 2. God has made ample provision that we may stand
perfect in His grace, wanting in nothing, waiting for the appearing of our
Lord.” The Faith I Live By, 112.
10 Having been justified by faith, how are we then to
live? 1 Corinthians 10:31. Compare 11 Corinthians 4:6,
NOTE: “We are commanded,
whether we eat, or drink, or whatsoever we do, to do all to the glory of
God. How many have conscientiously moved from principle rather than from
impulse, and obeyed this command to the letter?…There are many who are servants
of Christ in name, but who are not so in deed. Where religious principle
governs, the danger of committing great errors is small; for selfishness, which
always blinds and deceives, is subordinate. The sincere desire to do
others good so predominates that self is forgotten. To have firm religious
principles is an inestimable treasure. It is the purest, highest, and most
elevated influence mortals can possess. Such have an anchor. Every
act is well considered, lest its effect be injurious to another and lead away
from Christ. The constant inquiry of the mind is: Lord, how shall I best
serve Thee, and glorify Thy name in the earth? How shall I conduct my life
to make Thy name a praise in the earth, and lead others to love, serve, and
honor Thee? Let me only desire and choose Thy will. Let the words
and example of my Redeemer be the light and strength of my heart. While I
follow and trust in Him, He will not leave me to perish. He will be my
crown of rejoicing.” Testimonies,vol. 2, 129.
Earth was Lightened with His Glory”
11 What call to service is given to God’s people? Isaiah
60:1, 2; 62:1–3.
NOTE: “This is to be the
experience of those who hold fast the beginning of their confidence firm unto
the end. The whole of the sixty-second chapter of Isaiah is a
representation of the work Christ will do thru those who follow His
example. ‘Go thru, go thru the gates; prepare ye the way of the people;
cast up, cast up the highway, gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the
people. Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye
to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, His reward is
with Him, and His work before Him. And they shall call them, The holy
people, The redeemed of the Lord; and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city
not forsaken.’” Signs of the Times, May 29, 1901.
“Wake up, wake up, my
brethren and sisters. You must do the work that Christ did when He was
upon this earth. Remember that you may act as God’s helping hand in
opening the prison doors to those that are bound. Wonderful is the work
that God desires to accomplish through His servants, that His name may
constantly be glorified. He is waiting to work through His people.
Those who are willing to be used will obtain a rich experience, an experience
full of the glory of God.” Review and Herald, October 15,
12 How is this final work of revealing God’s glory
pictured in Revelation? Revelation 18:1–4.
NOTE: “Servants of God,
endowed with power from on high with their faces lighted up, and shining with
holy consecration, went forth to proclaim the message from heaven. Souls
that were scattered all through the religious bodies answered to the call, and
the precious were hurried out of the doomed churches, as Lot was hurried out of
Sodom before her destruction. God’s people were strengthened by the
excellent glory which rested upon them in rich abundance and prepared them to
endure the hour of temptation. I heard everywhere a multitude of voices
saying, ‘Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the
commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.’” Early Writings, 278,
Lord Made the Heavens”
13 In proclaiming God’s glory, what truth is especially to be
made prominent? 1 Chronicles 16:24–26. Compare Revelation 14:7,
NOTE: See The Great
Controversy, 436, 437.
14 By what means has God planned that this truth shall
remain fresh in men’s minds? Exodus 20:8–11.
NOTE: “‘The importance of
the Sabbath as the memorial of creation is that it keeps ever present the true
reason why worship is due to God’— because He is the Creator, and we are His
creatures. ‘The Sabbath therefore lies at the very foundation of divine
worship, for it teaches this great truth in the most impressive manner, and no
other institution does this. The true ground of divine worship, not of
that on the seventh day merely, but of all worship, is found in the distinction
between the Creator and His creatures. This great fact can never become
obsolete, and must never be forgotten.’— J. N. Andrews, History of the
Sabbath, chapter 27. It was to keep this truth ever before the minds
of men, that God instituted the Sabbath in Eden; and so long as the fact that He
is our Creator continues to be a reason why we should worship Him, so long the
Sabbath will continue as its sign and memorial. Had the Sabbath been
universally kept, man’s thoughts and affections would have been led to the
Creator as the object of reverence and worship, and there would never have been
an idolater, an atheist, or an infidel. The keeping of the Sabbath is a
sign of loyalty to the true God, ‘Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea,
and the fountains of waters.’ It follows that the message which commands
men to worship God and keep His commandments will especially call upon them to
keep the fourth commandment.” Ibid., 437, 438.