Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Sunday School Lesson Continued

Oh wow... Romans 5.3 Normal every day verse -- until you start digging.
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
Robertson says: It is one thing to submit to or endure tribulations without complaint, but it is another to find ground of glorying in the midst of them as Paul exhorts here.

OUCH! ... glory in tribulations. :sigh: so THAT's why the Word of God is called a SWORD!!

OK -- does glory mean what I think it means?

Here is the Strong's definition.
From some (obsolete) base akin to that of αὐχέω aucheō (to boast) and G2172; to vaunt (in a good or a bad sense): - (make) boast, glory, joy, rejoice.

Webster says:

GLO'RY, n. [L. gloria; planus; hence, bright, shining. Glory, then, is brightness, splendor. The L. floreo, to blossom, to flower, to flourish, is probably of the same family.]

1. Brightness; luster; splendor.

The moon, serene in glory, mounts the sky.

For he received from God the Father honor and glory,when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory. 2 Pet 1.

In this passage of Peter, the latter word glory refers to the visible splendor or bright cloud that overshadowed Christ at his transfiguration. The former word glory, though the same in the original, is to be understood in a figurative sense.

2. Splendor; magnificence.

Solomon, in all his glory, was not arrayed like one

of these. Mat 6.

3. The circle of rays surrounding the head of a figure in painting.

4. Praise ascribed in adoration; honor.

Glory to God in the highest. Luke 2.

5. Honor; praise; fame; renown; celebrity. The hero pants for glory in the field. It was the glory of Howard to relieve the wretched.

6. The felicity of heaven prepared for the children of God; celestial bliss.

Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel,and afterwards receive me to glory. Psa 73.

7. In scripture, the divine presence; or the ark, the manifestation of it.

The glory is departed from Israel. 1 Sam 4.

8. The divine perfections or excellence.

The heavens declare the glory of God. Psa 19.

9. Honorable representation of God. 1 Cor 11:8.

10. Distinguished honor or ornament; that which honors or makes renowned; that of which one may boast.

Babylon, the glory of kingdoms. Isa 13.

11. Pride; boastfulness; arrogance; as vain glory.

12. Generous pride.

GLO'RY, v.i. [L. glorior, from gloria.]

To exult with joy; to rejoice.

Glory ye in his holy name. Psa 105. 1 Chr 16.

1. To boast; to be proud of.

No one should glory in his prosperity.
Look at #9. Honorable representation of God. Hmmm... am I close? I think that's it. During tribulations (which mine are so puny, I really shouldn't even be mentioning it) glory, or be an honorable representation of God. Can't be done in my own power. That much I know. I think I'll start praying in that way... Lord - help me to be an honorable representation of You in the midst of stuff.