December 27 – Philippians 2:10-11; “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
These two verses summarize the glory of God. The Glory is God Incarnate; Jesus Christ. Actually, we should read the entire passage in context so go all the way back to verse 5 and go on to verse 11. It is an amazing passage of scripture and one that every Mormon should be shown and taught.
Mormons believe the glory of God is intelligence, but we see throughout scripture that intelligence leads to pride and the fall; whereas wisdom understands she doesn’t know everything.
LORD: The Greek word for LORD is kurios. The transliteration means supreme authority, God, Lord, Master, Sir.
It would mean that every tongue should confess that Jesus is God.
Gnosticism: It is understood and accepted by many that Paul’s writings to the Corinthian church was in response to what was going on in society at that time. Gnosticism crept in and had made a strong foothold in the church by the early second century. This heretical teaching created heated debates and was a major threat to the body of Christ. By the end of the second century many Gnostics belonged to alternative churches. Ireanaeus, Tertullian and Hippolytus who all lived from the mid second to early third century wrote extensively about the dangers of Gnosticism. Holman Bible Dictionary also has this to say about pre-Christian Gnostics:
“…was not an organized religion but was more a general attitude among thoughtful persons that although ignorance abounded, one could through knowledge come to understand one’s true identity and find union or relationship with the absolute deity. This way of conceiving of a pre-Christian gnosticism supplements the classic view by providing an explanation for the rapid and widespread development of so many diverse gnostic heretical sects so quickly. This view also offers an explanation of why the New Testament could so easily be exploited by gnostic sects.”
Glory of God: While there are many explanations and uses of the word glory, the New Testament limits its use to “doxa”, which in classical Greek means dignity, honor, praise and worship.
Nowhere in New Testament thought or implication does it mean “intelligence”. If the glory of God is intelligence God sure messed up. Think of all the crime, hatred, intolerance, sin and outright disregard there is for God and this is the glory of who He is and what He’s done for His creation?
See here in the example of the Mormon writings where they believe that intelligence is not created, is eternal and the way to the ultimate level of salvation. The truth is completely opposite of what is taught here in their works.
“According to latter-day scripture, “The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth” (D&C 93:36). Mankind, too, may be glorified by gaining intelligence…As Christ did not receive a fulness of intelligence at first but continued from “grace to grace” until he received a fulness …so it is with all persons. Whatever principles of intelligence they gain in mortality will rise with them in the Resurrection…
To gain increased intelligence, individuals must be agents to act for themselves, which means that they must be tried and tempted (D&C 29:39), and at the same time, the works of the Lord must be plainly manifest to them …so that they will have choice. In premortal life, men and women were intelligent beings (Abr. 3:21-22) who were given agency by God (Moses 4:3; D&C 29:36)…Intelligence is lost through disobedience, hardening of hearts, and clinging to false traditions (Mark 8:21; D&C 93:39)…Intelligence, however defined, is not created or made (D&C 93:29); it is coeternal with God (TPJS, pp. 353-54).” Encyclopedia of Mormonism,1-4 vols, edited by Daniel H. Ludlow, pg, 692.