All or Some?

You deserve the glory

And the honor

Lord we lift our hands in worship

As we lift Your Holy Name

If you were asked the question, “all or some?”  What would be your answer? For most people it would be contingent upon the question, or better still, the complete question.  If the complete question was, “Do you want all or some of the money I borrowed from you?”  Most people would say all.  If the question was, “Do you want to carry all or some of the bricks?  Most would say some.  It all depends.  But as Christians, we should have an unified, universal, and unwavering answer to the following question, “Who should get all the glory for man’s salvation?”  Most Christians would say that God should and does, but is this truth reflected in the things we teach and sing?

The great puritan preacher, George Whitefield, penned these words to a follow minister in 1739, when he observed that it was “The doctrines of the Reformation that did the most to debase man and exalt the Lord Jesus.  … All others leave freewill in man and make him, in part at least, a Savior to himself.” This is a great quote, but does the Bible teach this?

“It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you” (Deuteronomy 7:6).

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen as his heritage!”(Psalm 33:12).

“…You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off…” (Isaiah 41:9).

“Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world… (Ephesians 1:4).

 Yes, the Bible teaches that salvation is all of God.  So, back to the pivotal question: when it comes to salvation, to whom should the glory go? All or some?

Maybe the words of one of my favorite modern-day “praise songs” should be sung like this:

You deserve ALL the glory

And ALL the honor…

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honor, and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy will’s sake they are, and have been created. {Revelation 4:11 – 1599 Geneva Bible}




What is the Book of Leviticus All About?

Most people I know who have tried to read the Bible from cover to cover started from the beginning.  They get through Genesis, and enjoy most of the Exodus, but lose interest when they get to the book of Leviticus.  What is the book all about anyway?  It can be summed up in one word – worship.

In the 9th chapter of Leviticus, we read that Moses and Aaron kept the word that God commanded about how to worship Him.  “Aaron lifted up his hands towards the people and blessed them… and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people.  And the fire came out… and consumed the burnt offering” (Verses 22, 24).  In the next chapter, the fire of the Lord came from heaven again, but this time, instead of consuming the burnt offering, it consumed Nadab and Abihu – Aaron’s sons.  Nadab and Abihu did not keep God’s Word.  What can we conclude about the Lord from this passage?

If this was an isolated event in Scripture, than any conclusion drawn from Leviticus 9 could be dismissed as speculative at best.  But we see throughout Scripture, that God is serious about how He is to be worshipped.  Those who did not keep God’s word were dealt with harshly – King Saul, Uzzah, Ananias and Sapphira.  And who had the last word about worship and keeping God’s Word?  Jesus did.

The apostle John described Jesus as the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire.  This Holy One told the individuals in the church at Philadelphia that because some have kept His Word, He intended to make them a pillar in the temple of God.  Jesus ends the ultimate worship book with these words, “Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book” (Revelation 22:7).

Those of you who have tried to read the Bible from cover to cover, and were arrested by the content in the book of Leviticus, please go back and try again.  Use this key to unlock the book: God determines what is holy and unholy.  He determines what is acceptable and what is an abomination.  And don’t forget, the major theme of Leviticus is worship.

Brian L. Spivey