Friday, 09 September 2011 14:54
When referring to the “majesty of God”, we speak of God’s divine splendor and supremacy as it relates to His Kingly rule over the entire universe. James I. Packer explains: “Our word ‘majesty' comes from the Latin; it means greatness. when we ascribe majesty to someone, we are acknowledging greatness in that person, and voicing our respect for it: as, for instance, when in England we speak of 'her majesty' the Queen" (knowing God-p.73).
Scripture often uses the term majesty to describe the greatness of God. we read, "The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majestry... thy throne is established of old; thou art from everlasting" (Psalm 93:1-2). And, "I will speak of the glorious honor of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works "(Psalm 145:5). The apostle Peter, in writing of his experience on the Mount of Transfiguration said, "We... were eyewitnesses of his majesty" (2 Peter 1:16).
The word majesty, when we apply it to a discussion of God's character, is always a declaration of His greatness as
well as an invitation to worship. Packer adds, "The same is true when the Bible speaks of God as being ' on high' and ' in heaven'. The thought here is not that God is far distant from us in space, but that He is far above us in greatness, and therefore to be adored."
Just as God's holiness pictures the totality of His moral purity, His majesty portrays the totality of His eternal greatness. Herman Bavinck states, "There is no name or attribute which adequately expresses God's being; hence, many names or attributes serve the purpose of giving us an impression of His eminent majesty" (The Doctrine of God-p.127).
He adds, "God is the highest, best, most beautiful, most perfect essence... above Whom there is nothing. outside of Whom there is nothing, apart from whom there is nothing. He is supreme life, supreme truth, supreme blessedness, supreme wisdom, and supreme essence" (Ibid., pp 115,116).
God's majesty, then, might be defined as the sum total of all His attributes. His love is majestic. His holiness is majestic. His mercy is majestic. Simply stated, He is the supreme King ruling over the entire universe. He is, indeed, Lord of all. Honor the majesty of God.
TO GOD BE ALL GLORY AND HONOR
(Source: A celebration of Praise-By Dick Eastman)
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