Category Archives: Paul Manwaring

Christ-Honoring Governance Seeks to Help the ‘Least of These’ – A Quote by Paul Manwaring in “What on Earth is Glory”

“Do the nations demonstrate that they see the glory of God in their people, in one another? In particular, do they practically provide for their basic human needs, including food, water, warmth, health, and freedom? Did honor flow to the least in a tangible manner? When the Son of Man returns, He hopes to find nations who have been discipled by the Church in the goodness of God, demonstrated in that they cared for the lives of their citizens, particularly the most helpless and those who have forfeited many of their rights (prisoners)…”

“Whatever else we are doing, we are not discipling nations unless we are teaching them to recognize the presence of Christ in all people, especially ‘the least,’ by meeting their basic human needs. Christ has called His governors to lead the nations toward Heaven’s system of values by teaching them to help the helpless.”

— Paul Manwaring, “What on Earth is Glory”, Kindle location 2901, 2913

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How Old and New Covenants Impact Behavior – A Quote by Paul Manwaring in “What on Earth is Glory”

“The difference between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant is not that the first restrained our behavior and the second did not. Both introduced a law that restrained, but the first was an external law and the second was internal.”

— Paul Manwaring, “What on Earth is Glory”, Kindle location 2489

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Embrace Diversity and Uniqueness – A Quote by Paul Manwaring in “What on Earth is Glory”

“We… need to stop comparing and disqualifying ourselves because we aren’t attracted to the same things and don’t have the same beauty as the next person. Actually, we do have the same beauty—as sons and daughters, we are all clothed in the royal priestly robes of Heaven and share its beauty. But that beauty is so rich and diverse that God needs all of us to display different aspects and dimensions of it. As we learn to behold the beauty of the Lord and grow in the intimacy to which it draws us, we will no longer feel threatened by what other people have and instead appreciate it. We will also discover our own beauty and begin to put it on display.”

Paul Manwaring, “What on Earth is Glory”, Kindle location 1616

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Honoring Means Calling Out the Glory You See in Another – A Quote by Paul Manwaring in “What on Earth is Glory”

“At Bethel, we have been working to develop a culture of honor, a culture where we call out the greatness, the ‘gold,’ in one another. We have embraced the Kingdom principle that the quality of life in our community is determined by how successful we are at recognizing the glory in others and issuing regular invitations for that glory to be expressed. Encouraging words have become common currency. You don’t have to stick around Bethel very long before someone is telling you about the glory he or she sees in you. As a result, people all around us are coming to life in countless ways. It’s miraculous.”

Paul Manwaring, “What on Earth is Glory”, Kindle location 1782

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Our Level of Joy Indicates How Well We Know God’s Presence – A Quote by Paul Manwaring in “What on Earth is Glory”

“God’s purpose in restoring us as sons and daughters and bringing us close to Himself is nothing less than to bring us into joy. I submit that the level of joy in a person, a family, a city, a nation, and the world is the direct measure of how fully they have stepped into the knowledge and reality of the glory of God. Certainly, if His presence is fullness of joy, then our level of joy reveals the degree to which we have learned to live in His presence.”

Paul Manwaring, “What on Earth is Glory”, Kindle location 853

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Redemption from Sin Restores Our Glory – A Quote by Paul Manwaring in “What on Earth is Glory”

“If sin is falling short of glory, then restoration from sin is necessarily restoration to glory. Restoration to glory is the true purpose of our redemption through Christ. In fact, glory is the purpose for which we were created (see Isa. 43:7). From all eternity, God made us to behold and reflect His glory. Our falling short of that glory did not destroy that purpose, even though that fall brought death to us. It only meant that accomplishing that purpose would require restoration through resurrection. It meant that salvation would not merely be a matter of commuting a criminal sentence, but of taking the criminal and making him a man—the man he never was and yet was always meant to be.”

— Paul Manwaring, “What on Earth is Glory”, Kindle location 729

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Grasping God’s Goodness is the Key to Shining – A Quote by Paul Manwaring in “What on Earth is Glory”

“The Lord descended in the cloud and stood there with him as he called upon the name of the Lord. Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in loving-kindness and truth; who keeps loving-kindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations’ (Exodus 34:5-7).”

“I had a vague idea that Moses’ face had shone because he had been in the fire, had been so close to God that he got a kind of supernatural sunburn… Certainly the proximity of God was a part of the equation, but the main difference on this occasion was the declaration of the goodness of God. Previously, 40 days and nights in God’s presence had not had this effect; yet here, hidden behind the hand of God in the cleft of a rock, hearing of the goodness of God, Moses’ face shone.

— Paul Manwaring, “What on Earth is Glory”, Kindle locations 609-612, 620, 624

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God’s Goodness is Key to Knowing Who He Really Is – A Quote by Paul Manwaring in “What on Earth is Glory”

“Then Moses said, ‘I pray You, show me Your glory!’ And He said, ‘I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you’ (Exodus 33:18-19a). At first glance, God’s response to Moses’ great request looks like a change of subject. Moses was asking about glory. God started talking about goodness. But He wasn’t changing the subject. He was answering the question. In this simple response, God was already beginning to teach Moses about the nature of His glory. The first thing God wanted to express to Moses, the first thing He wanted him to know (yada), was that He is good.”

— Paul Manwaring, “What on Earth is Glory”, Kindle location 563

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God’s Goodness Includes Forgiveness and Punishment – A Quote by Paul Manwaring in “What on Earth is Glory”

“Goodness was the glory Moses knew. This was the glory Paul compared with the glory we know in the face of Christ. The glory Moses knew and the glory we know do not differ in nature, however, but in fullness of revelation. The glory we know in the face of Christ is also the revelation of the goodness of God. It is simply the full revelation of that goodness…”

“All of His actions flow from the same source—His goodness. We see clearly in this declaration [in Exodus 34:5-7] that God defines His compassion, forgiveness, and loving-kindness, as well as His punishment of the guilty, as expressions of His goodness. It is because He is good that He is gracious, slow to anger, and forgiving. It is because He is good that He does not leave the guilty unpunished…”

“In Christ, God forgave not some but all sin, transgression, and iniquity. In Christ, God fully punished the guilty, once and for all. And in Christ, through His resurrection, God brought us to life again, restoring us to relationship with Him, the source of life, and giving us a new heart and mind to know Him and reflect His likeness.”

Paul Manwaring, “What on Earth is Glory”, Kindle locations 628, 638, 706-709

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Ask for More Glory and to Know God More Intimately –A Quote by Paul Manwaring in What on Earth is Glory”

“At the birth of the Old Covenant, only one man [Moses] asked for yada, but in the New Covenant, Christ tells all of us to ask, seek, and knock, for our Father will gladly give Himself, His Spirit, to any who ask (see Luke 11:13)…”

“He wants us to know Him—to encounter Him, to live in His presence, and to invite Him to express Himself through requests for more. Requests for more are not to be one-time events, nor something that we mature out of asking for, but a way of life. The posture of asking for more is, in my observation, a crucial element in continuing to flow with a move of God. We keep asking, and He keeps showing up. The outpouring of the Spirit is an expression of relationship. Will you join Moses and boldly ask for more? ‘Show me Your glory.’ No matter what you’ve seen, whether great or little, there is more.”

Paul Manwaring, “What on Earth is Glory”, Kindle locations 541-545

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