What is meant by the phrase 'the glory of God'?

by Matt Slick
6/17/2016

To glorify means to speak exceedingly well of, to tell of the greatness of something or someone. This greatness can have different characteristics depending on what is addressed.  But in Christian theology, to glorify God means to speak of his majesty, his holiness, his perfection, his omniscience, his great love, etc. It is to declare in public, or even in private prayer, the exceeding greatness of God's character and purity. It can also mean to offer praise and adoration concerning God. one of the ways we Christians glorify God is too trusting in his word as found in the Scriptures, also by praying to him, worshiping him, admiring him, and speaking words that are full of praise.

The phrase "glory of God" occurs 17 times in the New American Standard Bible.

  1. Psalm 19:1, "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork."
  2. Proverbs 25:2, "It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out."
  3. Psalm 106:20, "They exchanged the glory of God for the image of an ox that eats grass."
  4. John 11:4, "But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
  5. John 11:40, "Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”
  6. Acts 7:55, "But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God."
  7. Romans 3:23, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
  8. Romans 5:2, "Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God."
  9. Romans 15:7, "Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God."
  10. 1 Corinthians 10:31, "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."
  11. 1 Corinthians 11:7, "For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man."
  12. 2 Corinthians 1:20, "For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us."
  13. 2 Corinthians 4:6, "For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ."
  14. 2 Corinthians 4:15, "For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God."
  15. Philippians 2:11, "And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power; and no one was able to enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished."
  16. Relation 15:8, "And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power; and no one was able to enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished."
  17. Revelation 21:11, "having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper."
  18. Revelation 21:23, "And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb."
 
 

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.