ALL FOR GOD
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is LORD, to the glory of God the Father ( PHILIPPIANS 2:11).
This is one of the most important verses in the New Testament. In it we read that the aim of God, the dream of God, the purpose of God, is a day when every tongue confesses that Jesus Christ is LORD. These four words were the first creed that the Christian Churchever had. To be a Christian was to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord ( ROMANS 10:9,10 ). It is a simple creed; yet it is an all-embracing creed. It may well be that we may need to go back to that creed. In later days men tried to define more closely what it meant, and, when they did so, they argued and quarrelled about about it, and called each other heretics and fools. But it still remains true, that if any man can say, for me Jesus Christ is LORD, and repent of their sins, he is a Christian. If he can say and mean that, that for him Jesus Christ is unique; that he is prepared to give to Jesus an obedience, love, loyalty, an allegiance that he is prepared to give to no one else in all the universe. It maybe he may not be able to put in words what he believes Jesus to be; but so long as there is in his heart this wondering love, and in his life this unquestioning obedienc, he is a Christian, because Christianity consist less in the mind's understanding than in the hearts love.
So we come to the end of this passage; and when we come to the end of it, we come back to the beginning of it. The day will come when all men will call Jesus Christ Lord to the glory of God the Father.The whole life of Jesu, the whole aim of Jesus, is not His own glory, but the glory of God the Father.Paul is absolutely clear in the ultimate God. In letter to the Corinthians he writes that in the end the Son Himself shall be subject unto Him that put all things up under Him, that God may be all and all ( I CRINTHIANS 15:28 ). Jesus draws men unto Himself that He may draw them to God. In the Church there are men whose one aim is to gratify a selfish ambition; the one aim of true people of God is to serve others, no matter what depths of self renunciation that service might cost. There are those in the Church whose main aim is to focus men's eyes upon God. So the followers of Christ must think always, not of Himself, but of others. Not of his own glory but on the glory of God.