08 March 2010

To Glorify God = Enjoy Him Forever


Sharing a bit of the dessert of my day:

[The] glory of God [does not] consist merely in the creature’s

perceiving his perfections:

for the creature may perceive the power and wisdom of God,

and yet take no delight in it,

but abhor it.

Those creatures that so do, don’t glorify God.

Nor doth the glory of God consist especially in speaking of

his perfections:

for words avail not any otherwise than as they express the sentiment of the mind.

This glory of God, therefore, [consists] in the creature’s admiring and rejoicing

[and] exulting in the manifestation of his beauty and excel-

lency. . . .

the essence of glorifying . . . God consists, therefore, in the creature’s rejoicing

in God’s manifestations of his beauty,

which is the joy and happiness we speak of.

So we see it comes to this at last:

that the end of the creation is that God may communicate happiness to the creature;

for if God created the world that He may be glorified in the creature,

He created it that they might rejoice in his glory:

for we have shown that they are the same.

~ Jonathan Edwards,
“Nothing Upon Earth Can Represent the Glories of Heaven,” The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Volume 14
quoted in Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper.

(Emphasis added.)

God’s purpose for my life is

that I have a passion for God's glory


that I have a passion for my joy in that glory,


that these two are one passion.


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