Created in the Ethical Glory of God

Created in the Ethical Glory of God

Humanity was both created and made (formed):

Then God said,“Let us make man in Our image, in Our likeness, and let them rule (have dominion) over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them (Genesis 1:26-27).

The word “make” is from the Hebrew word asa which means to form from something that is already created. The word “created” is from the Hebrew word bara, which means to create from nothing.

Made – Humanity when looking at our make up tell us that humans are made up of elements which can be found on our planet. For example, our bodies constitute of about 60% water.

Looking at a DNA level we have a lot in common with the world around us:

    • Chimpanzees (96% identical), Chickens (60% identical), Bananas (60% identical), fruit fly (60% identical). This doesn’t mean we have evolved, it just points to the fact that God used natural stuff in our creation (The dust of the earth). 

Created – Humanity was also made with the God stuff. In other words we can only truly know ourselves to the degree we know God.


Idols

The word “image” as in “image of God,” is the same Hebrew word that is translated as idol. An idol is an image of a god. We tend to see idols as purely bad things, but the purpose of an idol was to act as a conduit through which people related to their deity. God created us as His idols, through which people would relate to Him through. People were meant to point Creation to their maker. 

JESUS >> Who was the ultimate idol expression of God? Jesus as the incarnate Son of God was the image of God we were created in!

 

Made with Glory:

The Way to understand ourselves is to understand Who God is.

Who is God?

God is Glory.

Glory is the closest we get to describing God in a single word. Glory is the essence of God. Glory is what you get if you take every thing that makes God who He is:

        • Father, Son, Holy Spirit
        • Holiness
        • Merciful
        • Goodness
        • Patience
        • Justice
        • Truthfulness
        • Eminence (unknowableness) – Imminence (closeness)
        • Redeemer
        • Kingship
        • Omnipotence, Omniscience, Omnipresence 
        • Invisible – Incarnate one
        • Saviour

Three Aspects of God’s Glory:

    • Judicial glory – Kingship >> Adam and Eve made to rule and reign
    • Ethical Glory – Holiness >>> Adam and Eve made to be Holy
    • Physical Glory – Incarnation >>> Adam and Eve made in the image of the incarnate one
  • Judicial glory is God’s Kingship
    • God is a King. The fact that He rules heaven makes Him a King.
      • Kings do two things: protect and empower.
        • The Garden of Eden was perfect. But it was not complete. Adam and Eve directed to “protect and cultivate (empower) the garden” (Genesis 2:15). It’s amazing that God wanted their touch on the Garden for it to be complete.
          • Cultivate = `abad = to serve in a way that brings life = empower

THE ETHICAL GLORY OF GOD

We have seen how we can only understand ourselves to the degree we understand God. What does the Bible show us about God’s ethical glory?

How is Manifest glory depicted in the Bible? Light, Fire, Lightening, Clothes of white, Radiance, Cloud, the sun even.

Let’s take a look at the glory as it pertains to Jesus:

[Jesus] being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person (Hebrews 1:3)

If you want to look at God then all you need to do is look at Jesus (Look at the light references in the following verses):

12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; (Revelation 1)

Jesus lived out of His humanity for His whole ministry. There were two instances when we allowed to see the Divinity of Christ:

1 Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. (Matthew 17)

Jesus’ Arrest (John 18)

3 Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. 4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, “Whom are you seeking?”

5 They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.”

Jesus said to them, “I am He.” And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them. 6 Now when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

God’s Glory as it pertains to His ethical nature

When we talk about ethics we are talking about a person’s ethics we tend to think about how they live out their life. In this relation, God’s ethicalness is His Holiness, His moral purity. I want you to see that God’s ethical nature is not just the fact that He is just, good, holy, and perfect in all His ways.  His ethical behaviour happens because He is pure light. John puts it like this:

“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5)

“The ‘glory’ of God is the exhibition of his inherent excellence; it is the external manifestation of his internal majesty” – Sam Storms

Holiness is not just what He does, it is who He is.

Humanity was Created in the ethical Glory of God

When God took of Himself and created humanity, He took of His ethical nature and made Humanity.

The Bible tells us that Adam and Eve were naked and unashamed.

And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. Genesis 2: 25

After their disobedience in the Garden, Adam and Eve’s eyes were opened and they saw that they were naked (Genesis 3:7).

There was a problem with Adam and Eve’s nakedness; Eden was holy ground—in fact it was the Holy of Holies before there was a tabernacle or temple. In that holy place, Adam and Eve were priestly figures, and as priests, they would have to be dressed like one. Exodus 28 emphasizes how priests were to be dressed properly in God’s presence.

    • Tunic
    • Pants
    • Turban
    • Belt
    • Breastplate
    • Ephod
    • Robes
    • Crown

Would Adam be dressed any less appropriately?

I want to propose to you that Adam and Eve were clothed with “glory” before their Fall.

And like God, their clothing were not external apparel, but rather, radiated out of them. They didn’t just “do” holy, they “were” holy.

When they fell, the inside out light of holiness went out, revealing their nakedness.

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. Genesis 3:7

The realization of their nakedness was not so much: “Darn, I didn’t realize I was naked! Oh, I feel like I should put on some clothes!” A visual change had occurred!

Working and Guarding the Garden

In Genesis 2:15:

Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend (`avad) and keep (shamar) it. (Genesis 2:15)


Work (`avad) = Cultivate = empowering.

Keep (shamar) = guard

Governments (Rulers) have two main functions: Empower and protect

 

What did Adam and Eve need to protect the garden from?

The Snake and the wild animals.

HOW DID THEY PROTECT THE GARDEN?

In order to answer this, let’s look at how the Bible shows us God defeated the enemy.

We know God can squash any of His enemies like a bug.

The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord,

At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

Psalm 97:5

Mountains commonly symbolize governments in the Bible.

But what is it about His presence that is so potent that it causes governments to crumble at His feet. God’s glory.

God’s Glory as Holy Armour

We have seen already that Glory is the one word that comes closet to describing God more than any other.

Glory is connected to God’s personhood. His “personhood”, His moral excellent character makes Him untouchable. It is like His armour.


GLORY = ARMOUR

 

God’s glory is His armour. God’s armour has an ethical attribute to it.

Isaiah talks about God defeating His enemies using His glorious armour:

But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, And faithfulness the belt of His waist. (Isaiah 11:4-5)

For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head;

He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, And was clad with zeal as a cloak. (Isaiah 59:17)

God uses attributes of the personhood of His glory to defeat the enemy.

The Armour of God as the way to defeat the enemy

When Adam and Eve were created, God’s glory was like an armour that kept them safe from the enemy.

God didn’t warn them about the enemy because He told them how they needed to live. Walk in the light.

As long as you remained walking in the light they were able to protect the Garden from the enemy, The Devil could not get a piece of them.

Ephesians 6

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

The armour of God is simply abiding in the holiness of His nature.

  • Buckle = Truth = truthfulness
  • Breastplate = Righteousness = right living
  • Gospel = Peace = Peacefulness
  • Shield = Faith = Faithfulness
  • Helmet = Salvation = Rest
  • Sword = Word of God = Praying What God says
Share

Other Sermons In This Series

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *