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God’s Divine Attributes Expressed in Our Human Virtues

Eph 1:18 The eyes of your heart having been enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
Gal 5: 22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  (23)  Meekness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

The riches of God’s glory are the many different items of His divine attributes, such as light, life, power, love, humility, patience, righteousness, and holiness, expressed in different degrees. Since glory is God’s expression, the riches of glory are the riches of God’s expression. I specifically use the word “divine” because we were made in such a way as to have the form of the divine things. For example, we have human humility. Human humility, however, is not the real humility; it is simply the form of the genuine humility, which is the divine humility. The same is true of human love. It also is a form of the genuine, divine love. Hence, divine love is the reality of human love.

Every human being has love. But this love is not lasting. You may love your parents, but your love for them may last only for a few days. We all love others, but our love is like a fleeting shadow. One day a brother may love his wife to the uttermost, and the next day he may drag her down to hell. Such love is not a part of the riches of God’s glory.

Many Christians mistake human virtues for divine virtues. In doing this they make a serious error. We do not need to develop human virtues; we are short of the divine virtues. When God in Christ is wrought into us, our love, humility, patience, and righteousness become divine. These divine virtues are the riches of the glory of God. Such virtues are God’s inheritance among the saints.

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