Session 1 – Glory of God
Puzzles, Archeology, & the Bible
This Come & See study will help you discover the secret to assembling all of the pieces of the Bible puzzle in a way that makes sense. When you have completed it, you will know why the glory of God is the big picture of the entire Bible.
According to the Bible itself, from Genesis 1:1 through Revelation 22: 21 there is just one supreme purpose for God’s Word. Everything that God has ever done, is currently doing, and will ever do is for the purpose of glorifying Himself.
Here is just a partial list of the things that He has done in pursuit of that purpose.
- Created Angels – Job 38:4-7 (Hint-stars are symbolic of angels) , Colossians 1:16
- Created the Universe – Psalm 102:25, John 1:3
- Created Earth – Genesis 1:1-2:25
- Created All Living Things – Genesis 1:11-12, 20-21, 24-25
- Created Man In His Own Image – Genesis 1:26-27, 2:7, 20-23
Take a few minutes now and watch this video.
Imagine. According to Genesis 1:26, God created man to be a self-portrait of Himself! Man was created as a perfect being. And yet, In Genesis 3:1-6 we discover that the man who God created chose to glorify himself. God will not share His glory with anyone. However, even Adam’s sin itself was permitted by God so that His supreme purpose of glorifying Himself throughout all of HIStory would be realized.
God’s revelation of Himself to His creation provided man with an object for love and affection. His Word creates a solid foundation for the belief of humanity in Him. After coming to faith in God, believers grow to know Him more and more through the Bible. Through it, believers are able to observe God’s glory grow brighter and brighter. Since the Bible is God’s supreme message to mankind, its supreme purpose is His supreme purpose.
- Read Psalm 19:1-2 and Colossians 1:16. What do these passages say about all that God has created?
- Using examples from the world around you, how would you explain the way they glorify God to someone else?
- 2 Corinthians 5:17 explains that as a believer in Jesus, you are a new creation. God made something new out of YOU that did not exist before you believed. How have you experienced the glory of being made brand-new by God after you believed? Has this been of benefit to the people around you? Why or why not?
- No one looks forward to dying. However, on the other side of death something far better awaits the believer in Messiah Jesus. Read John 21:19 and Philippians 1:20. Explain what these passages have to say about how the death of a believer glorifies God.
- Read Genesis 1:1–11:32. Identify the four major events of human HIStory from these chapters and explain why they are so important.
- There are some believers who think that the salvation of mankind is God’s supreme purpose for HIStory. Can you think of some reasons why this understanding would provide an unbalanced understanding for a new student of the Bible? Please explain.
The Bible is different than any other book ever written. It was written over a period of 1600 years by over 40 different authors. In its pages are many styles of literature. Its human authors were people from all levels of society. And yet, the continuity of the Bible’s message is one of the primary reasons people recognize its difference. Its main purpose never varies. Anyone who seriously makes an effort to understand it will stand in awe of it.
The Bible glorifies God!
You are now ready to tackle Session 2, Biblical Philosophy of HIStory.