1 Corinthians 15 Lesson

Glorifying God And Humbling Ourselves

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” - John 3:30.

That scripture, spoken by John the Baptist, will be the focus of today’s lesson. These seven words were true in the days of John the Baptist, and they are true today.

But what does the verse mean, and how should we apply it to ourselves? The answer comes in two parts:

  1. First, we must glorify God,
  2. Second, we need to humble ourselves.

The further we make the gap between God and ourselves, the better off we are in our relationship with God. We will look at glorifying God and humbling ourselves in today’s lesson. But first, we will read and think about the following quote from the Apostle Paul taken from his letter to the Philippians:

  • “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” – Philippians 4:5-8.

GLORIFYING GOD

The Bible has a lot to say about glorifying God, including these five scriptures:

  1. “Whether then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” -Corinthians 10:31,
  2. “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” - Mathew 5:16,
  3. “Not to us, Lord, not to us . But to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Psalm 115:1,
  4. “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” - Revelation 4:11,
  5. “I will give thanks to You, Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name forever.” - Psalm 86:12.

To glorify God means:

“To make gloriousby bestowing honor, praise, or admiration.” (source: rampfesthudson.com)

Some of the ways that we can bestow honor praise, and admiration to God are:

  • By obeying His commandments (John 14:15),
  • By praising Him,
  • By giving thanks to Him for all the blessings we have received,
  • By reading the Bible,
  • By living righteous lives,
  • By telling people about how God has worked in our lives.

HUMBLING OURSELVES

Nobody displayed more humility than Jesus. Through His actions and His words, Jesus taught us the importance of being humble. And the humbler we get, the more pleasing we are to God!

But how do we do that?

The first step towards becoming more humble is to define the word humble itself. If you search for the definition of the word humble, you will find many definitions:

The Apostle Paul wrote humility in his letter to the Philippians:

  • “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, as He already existed in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking the form of a bond-servant and being born in the likeness of men.” – Philippians 2:5-7.

Simply put, being humble means following God’s commandments and putting others' needs ahead of our own. Being humble is important because those who are humble will find favor with God. Peter wrote about this in his first epistle:

OTHER SCRIPTURES ABOUT HUMILITY

  • “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” - James 4:10,

  • “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” - Luke 14:11,

  • “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.” -Proverbs 27:2.  

CONCLUSION

We began today’s lesson with the following quote from the Gospel of John:

  • “He must increase, but I must decrease.” - John 3:30.

We discussed how this quote is something we should strive to do every day for the rest of our time on earth. Our study suggests that we can best do this by glorifying God and humbling ourselves.

We will end today’s lesson with the following quote from the Book of Isaiah that highlights the Deity of God.

  • “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9.

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Drexel Deal

There’s a lot I can take away from this chapter. However, much of what I would’ve said has already been eloquently addressed. So, I’ll touch on something that is near and dear to my heart found in the verse below;
Do not be deceived: “Bad Company corrupts good morals.”1st Corinthians 15: 33 

One of the main issues I address during my school assemblies with students, is to get them to evaluate their friendships. I do this by helping them to understand, that a best friend is one who brings out the best in you, and a bad friend brings out the worst in you. I also help them to appreciate that bad behavior is contagious more so than the corona virus. Then I share with them Proverbs 13: 20;
“He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.” NKJV.

On the very night I lost my sight, there were three of us attempting to commit a crime. I was shot four times and thought to be dead, but both of my friends got away. I was repeatedly asked by police officers who all were with me, but each time I told them that it was only me. Simply because I thought it would be macho not to snitch, sadly, today both of my friends are dead. It’s a feeling of guilt I carry with me to this day, because if I had snitch, my friends would probably be alive today.
Here’s what a grade 12th student said to a news reporter after hearing my presentation,
“Mr. Deal’s speech was motivating. He made me think twice about the friends and company that I keep. He helped me realize that I should listen to my parents’ advice and concentrate on my education. It is hard to snitch on your friends, but I understood where he was coming from as ultimately, the truth always wins.”

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Drexel Deal

There’s a lot I can take away from this chapter. However, much of what I would’ve said has already been eloquently addressed. So, I’ll touch on something that is near and dear to my heart found in the verse below;
Do not be deceived: “Bad Company corrupts good morals.”1st Corinthians 15: 33 

One of the main issues I address during my school assemblies with students, is to get them to evaluate their friendships. I do this by helping them to understand, that a best friend is one who brings out the best in you, and a bad friend brings out the worst in you. I also help them to appreciate that bad behavior is contagious more so than the corona virus. Then I share with them Proverbs 13: 20;
“He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.” NKJV.

On the very night I lost my sight, there were three of us attempting to commit a crime. I was shot four times and thought to be dead, but both of my friends got away. I was repeatedly asked by police officers who all were with me, but each time I told them that it was only me. Simply because I thought it would be macho not to snitch, sadly, today both of my friends are dead. It’s a feeling of guilt I carry with me to this day, because if I had snitch, my friends would probably be alive today.
Here’s what a grade 12th student said to a news reporter after hearing my presentation,
“Mr. Deal’s speech was motivating. He made me think twice about the friends and company that I keep. He helped me realize that I should listen to my parents’ advice and concentrate on my education. It is hard to snitch on your friends, but I understood where he was coming from as ultimately, the truth always wins.”

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John
Drexel Deal

A powerful testimony Drexel. Thank you for sharing and for all of your hard work for the Lord!

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Ime John

Yes I believe there’s resurrection because first resurrect from death and those who obey Christ must come back to life eternal in Christ

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