This is blog #1 in a short series on God’s majesty. This post is to set the foundation on majesty and what it is in reference to people & God, and how we use it.
1. impressive stateliness, dignity, or beauty.“experience the majesty of the Rockies”
2. royal power.“the majesty of the royal household”
The word majesty has been used to describe beauty, power, value, and status on a human level. The kings & queens of [list your favorite society that has kings & queens] are referred to as “your majesty”, which naturally summons the people under them to respect their power and offer their services to fulfill the wishes of the rulers. If you’re not the superior, you’re not the majesty, so you submit.
But what about in reference to God? Well, let’s look into it a bit, shall we?
1. What majesty means towards God.
“Majesty” is used throughout the Bible in reference to God. Throughout both the old and new testaments, it’s used to declare His power, His wisdom, and His greatness over His creation. David writes multiple time in the Psalms of His majesty.
1The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty;
the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength;
indeed, the world is established, firm and secure.
2 Your throne was established long ago;
you are from all eternity. – Psalm 93:1-2
David clearly understands that God is omnipotent, omniscient, and beyond our perceptive capabilities, thus declaring God as majestic.
Even way back in Exodus, Moses sees God as both majestic and holy.
11 Who among the gods
is like you, Lord?
Who is like you—
majestic in holiness,
awesome in glory,
working wonders? – Exodus 15:11
Moses sees God as set apart form the other gods of the people. There is none other like Him.
In the new testament we see references as well.
3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. – Hebrews 1:3
Clear reference here in Hebrews that God is the supreme being over all His creation. Jesus Christ, who paid for the sins of the world, has been seated at the right hand of God the Father…THE majesty.
I’m using these two scriptures from Psalms and Hebrews specifically, because they really drive home the point I want to make: God is majestic because he is far above His creation(us and all that is around us) in power(Psalm 1:1), wisdom(Psalm 93:2), mercy(Hebrews 3:3), and love(Hebrews 3:3). The list of attributes of God’s majesty could go on for an extremely long time, but I’ll stop there.
2. When establishing God as majestic, it instills trust.
We just covered what it meant for God to be majestic…He’s all-powerful(omnipotent), all-knowing(omniscient), loving, merciful, and holy. Based on thee attributes, I think it’s safe to say we should trust what He says, right?
Peter, an apostle of Jesus, when writing of the prophetic accuracy of Jesus Christ and primacy of scripture, uses the majesty of God as the very reason we are to trust in the works and prophecy of Jesus Christ. Peter says, “He received honor and glory…when the voice came to him from the majestic…”. In short, because God(who is the majestic) gave glory to Jesus, the account was verified.
16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”[b] 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. – 2 Peter 1:16-18
We believe in what the Bible says as true because we believe it was inspired and breathed into existence by the majestic God of creation, who is above all, in all, and beyond all things. There is no other like Him, as Moses writes, He has been present for all eternity, as David writes, and He is supreme, governing His creation from His place in heaven, as we read in Hebrews.
So what does this mean for Christians?
3. The majesty of God calls us to worship. (part 2)
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