II. God must be glorified through Jesus.
a. God is glorified in the Gospel
In addition to being glorified through His saving work, Jude tells us that God is glorified through Jesus Christ. God created all things for His own glory. He even allowed sin so that He could be glorified through the Gospel. All the way back in Genesis chapter 3 God promised that He would send Jesus to save His people. All throughout Scripture we see God working this glorious plan out. God orchestrated all of history so that He would be glorified by Jesus coming and saving those whom the Father had given to Him. At the center of this amazing plan is Jesus himself, who was God incarnate. Jesus came and took the form of a man revealing the character of God. Jesus is the physical manifestation of God. We have yet to see God in all of His glory, however through Jesus we can see a glimpse of God’s glory.
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Through Jesus it clear to see that God possess all glory, majesty, dominion, and authority.
b. God is glorified by followers of Jesus
In addition to being glorified through Jesus, God is also glorified through the followers of Jesus. This is probably Jude’s main point when he says that God is glorified through Jesus. Through Jesus we can give God glory and declare His majesty, dominion, and authority. This is exactly what God created us to do. Creation was meant to display God’s glory, and human beings were the crowning jewel of creation. However, instead of glorifying God man rebelled against God. Because of this sin man was no longer ably do what we were created to do – glorify God. However, through Jesus we can be re-created and glorify God. This is exactly what Jesus had in mind in John 14:8:
My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.
When we follow Jesus, and bear fruit God is glorified. This is what it means in 1 Corinthians 10:13 when it says that we are to do all things to the glory of God. Christians are supposed to be reflecting God’s glory to the world around them. God has created all kinds of great things for us on this earth and as long as we remember that God has given these things to us, and that God is better than these things then we will bring glory to His name. When we put the good things of this earth above God that is when we get into trouble. For instance, food is a really awesome thing that God has given to us. However, if we become consumed with food and desire food so much that we forget that food is a gift from God then we will fall into the sin of gluttony. This is human nature. For some reason we continually worship the creation rather than the creator. We are so easily pleased by things like TV that we neglect the inexpressible joy that comes from serving God. We must remember that God is the ultimate source of joy so that we will not become consumed with the insignificant joys of this world. If we do this then we will be able to glorify God in all we do. And the only way to experience the joy of following God is through Jesus.
When we follow Jesus we will experience a great joy that can only come through God. As we experience this joy it will be easier for us to put all the fun things of this earth into perspective, and then we will be able to glorify God with our lives.