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Aug 2011

Glorious

For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. – 2 Corinthians 4:5-6

The gospel plays a vital role in our Sunday morning gatherings. Not only is it something we are saved by and proclaim, but something we model in the rhythm of our service. But what is the gospel? The gospel is the news that Jesus Christ, the righteous one, died for our sins and rose again, eternally triumphant over all his enemies, so that there is now no condemnation for those who believe, but only everlasting joy. We never outgrow our need for this truth, and we will be strengthened by God through the gospel every day till we die.

The gospel is the only truth in the world which will triumph over every obstacle and bring us to eternal safety and joy in the presence of a holy and glorious God. It is the only truth that will not let us down when we give our life to it in faith. It will bring us all the way through temptation and persecution and death and judgment into eternal safety and joy in the presence of God. The gospel saves us, and it alone. And the ultimate good that makes every part of the gospel good news is the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, seen and savored in the work of redemption. This is a real glory, a real spiritual light that shines through the gospel from Christ in his saving work.

This Sunday we will be introducing a song to our Sunday gathering entitled Glorious that speaks of God’s glory, as seen in the person and work of Jesus. It was written by Paul Baloche and Brenton Brown, and is featured on the Glorious album by Paul Baloche. Here are the lyrics:

Look inside the mystery, see the empty cross
See the risen Savior victorious and strong
No one else above Him, none as strong to save
He alone has conquered the power of the grave

Glorious, my eyes have the seen the glory of the Lord
Glorious, He stands above the rulers of the Earth
Glorious, glorious
Lord you are glorious

Look beyond the tombstone, see the living God
See the resurrected, the ruler of my heart
No one else above him, none to match his worth
The hope of his returning fills the universe

In an interview, Paul Baloche was asked if there were any songs on his Glorious album with a unique story behind it:

Not so much unique but significant to me. The song Glorious started as an idea from 1 Corinthians 2:7-8, where Paul says “we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery…which none of the princes of this world had known…or they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory.” I was struck by the fact that the Apostle Paul never met the earthly Jesus. He prided himself in being a zealous Hebrew Pharisee, on his way to persecute more Christians, when confronted and radically transformed by a revelation of Jesus Christ. He only knew the Risen Savior, the Resurrected Christ. Paul’s primary ministry was to “make all men SEE” what he saw. In Ephesians 3:9 he defines his mission, “… to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ”. In Ephesians 1:18 Paul pleads “I pray that the eyes of your heart would be enlightened…” The song Glorious is an invitation to look and “see the Risen Savior, victorious and strong” and respond with awe, “Lord you are glorious”.

For further information on the story behind Glorious, watch the video linked here. You can also purchase and download the song by clicking here, or watch and listen to it below. I pray that the good news of Christ’s redeeming work on the cross will become a common understanding of the gospel in our Sunday gatherings, our communities, our city, and the world.

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