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Why the Doctrine of Glory Matters

Who have you blamed for your dysfunction, and how has that delayed the cure?

6. God’s grace alone has the power to cure our glory dysfunction.

The reality is that we can’t actually solve our own glory dysfunction. Many have tried; none have succeeded on their own. Our only hope is for the God of glory to invade our lives and rescue us. But not rescue us from culture or media or government—no, he needs to rescue us from us.

This is why Jesus came to earth, lived righteously on our behalf, died for our dysfunction, then rose again conquering sin and death. In amazing grace, Jesus willingly came on a glory rescue mission, and because he did, there’s hope for us. When we admit to our glory thievery and when we cry out for help for our dysfunction, we can finally be free from the never-satisfying quest for worldly glory and live forever in the light of the satisfying glory of God.

When was the last time you admitted to your glory dysfunction with specificity and asked for God’s rescuing grace?

You see, there’s only One who exists in the universe who is ultimate in glory, ultimate in greatness, ultimate in beauty and ultimate in perfection, and, he is all of these things in everything he is and in everything he does. God has no glory inconsistencies, and he has no glory rivals. All that is comes from him, all that is continues to exist through him, and all that is was made for him (see Romans 11:36).

To live in light of the doctrine of God’s glory isn’t just about being spiritual; it’s about recapturing your humanity, for this is how every human being was designed to live.

This resource is from Paul Tripp Ministries. For additional resources, visit www.paultripp.com. Used with permission.

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Paul David Tripp is a pastor, author, and international conference speaker. He is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries and works to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life. This vision has led Paul to write many books on Christian living and travel around the world speaking and teaching. Paul's driving passion is to help people understand how the gospel of Jesus Christ speaks with practical hope into all the things people face in this broken world. Paul and his wife Luella reside Philadelphia. They are the parents of four grown children.