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June 15, 2011 / Daniel

Philippians 1:20, Telescopes and Microscopes

John Piper

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Paul writes, “As it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.”

John Piper has a really cool illustration about the meaning of this word “magnify.” When you magnify something, you make it bigger. You bring something closer to the human eye.

There are two types of magnification. The first type is a microscope. A microscope takes something that is really small and makes it big enough for the human eye to see. So there’s a little germ that’s unnoticeable to the naked eye, but with a microscope you can see it.

The second type of magnification is a telescope. A telescope takes something that is really big and brings it into focus for the human eye. So there’s this constellation that spans billions and billions of miles, but with a telescope you can see it with your own eyes.

We want to be telescopes. That’s how we want to magnify Jesus. Jesus’ glory is beyond description. He is the most glorious being in all of existence. God has given “him the name that is above every name.” One day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess. So when we magnify Jesus, we are taking something that is incredibly big and are bringing it into focus for other people to see. We want our lives to bring glory to Jesus Christ.


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