“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen” Romans 11:36
Soli Deo Gloria
Soli Deo Gloria is the Sola that up all the other four Solas (Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, Sola Christus, Sola Fide) that precede it. Soli Deo Gloria is Latin for “glory to God alone” or “to God alone be glory”. The glory of God is one of the central themes in the Bible. We read in the Bible that: “I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.” Isaiah 42:8
What is the chief end of man?
The Westminster”™s shorter catechism answers this question thus: “Man”™s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.“[i] Man was created to Glorify God (cf Isa. 43:7), He created everything for His own purpose and pleasure and He alone deserves the honor and the glory forever and ever.
God alone deserves glory
God is the Sovereign Ruler over heaven and earth; He alone is The Potentate King of kings, and Lord of lords (cf 1Tim. 6:15). All creation is to worship Him and enjoy Him more than anything else; the bible clearly tells us that the heavens declare the Glory of God (Psa. 19:1). “Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.” (Psa. 29:2). All glory belongs to the Lord and He will not share it with another, or who is His equal whom we should ascribe glory to?
God”™s glory in salvation
We understand from scripture that the whole plan of salvation originates from God and performed is by Him; we are saved by God, from God, to God and for God. We have an obligation to live our lives absolutely for Him for we are not our own, but have been bought with a price (1 Cor. 6:20); none of us should for ourselves, but for Him who died for us, and rose again for us. (cf 2 Cor. 5:15). “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”( 1 Cor. 10:31). We are to glorify God whether in life or in death.
Worship of saints
The Reformers protested against the Roman Catholic practice of worshiping saints and angels and saw it as a form of idolatry. They affirmed and argued that worship and service should only be directed to God, since He alone deserves glory. Prayer and singing is an act of worship, let our prayers and praises be directed only to God.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.” Romans 1:18
The apostle Paul devotes the whole second half of the first chapter of the book of Romans to demonstrate how man has failed to glorify God, and how God”™s wrath has revealed as a consequence. God created everything for Himself, and when we turn to worship creation rather than Him, we dishonor Him.
How do we give God glory
We give glory to God by doing His will, as revealed in Scripture. We glorify God when we acknowledge God as the provider of every good gift we have and we give thanks to Him (cf. Rom. 1:21). Even when we die we”™ll all glorify God, some of us will glorify Him in heaven as we sing praises to him forever; while others will glorify Him by their damnation in hell forever (Rom. 9:22-23). Ultimately God will be glorified.
Should we give glory to Jesus
One of the things that Jehovah”™s Witnesses object against is that they say some of us are guilty of idolatry for worshiping Jesus and the Holy Spirit. But this is not true, since at the heart of our faith is the affirmation that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are both God, and as such, they deserve our full worship and adoration.
“Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him all creatures here below;
Praise him a-bove, ye heav”™nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.”
What is your only comfort in life and death?
“That I, with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ; who with his precious blood has fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, wherefore by his Holy Spirit he also assures me of eternal life, and makes me heartily willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto him.”[ii]
God alone deserves to be worship. We are only to direct our worship to the Father, who chose us; the Son who died for us and the Holy Spirit who sanctifies us.
Soli Deo Gloria