Theology Thursday

God’s goal is to manifest His glory. He manifests His glory in all that He does, most remarkably in displaying His moral excellence to His creatures and evoking their praise for its beauty and for the benefit it brings them (cf. Eph. 1:3). God’s glory is that which makes Him appear glorious to angels and men.

Joel R. Beeke, Living for God’s Glory: An Introduction to Calvinism (Lake Mary, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, 2008), 145.

Why did God create? I mean He didn’t have to. The revelation that God is Trinity is a confirmation of God’s self-security. He is not lonely. He is Father, Son & Spirit in loving eternal relationship. So why did He create?

Well, like when a man and a woman, in love, turn to the making of a child. So did God, in the overflowing love of the Trinity, choose to share that love with others. And like a parent, God wanted His creation to know Him. To truly know Him.

This has been God’s goal in all of creation. For us to know Him personally and know how glorious He is.

We see it in His creative power. The heavens (the sun, the stars and the sky) declare the glory of God. We see it in His likeness, in humanity. Our creativity, our ability to love and to do good, our joy. And we see it in His works toward us, His patience, goodness, mercy and justice.
This is the chief (ultimate) end of all things. The glory of God.

So, next time you marvel at anything. A sunrise. A storm. A shooting star. A piece of technology. A random act of kindness. A gesture of love. A just sentence. A choice to show mercy. Marvel at the God who is the perfection of all these things.

Soli Deo Gloria

For Today:
  • Do you marvel at these things?
  • Do you see they point to God’s glory?
  • Spend some time marvelling at God’s glorious nature today.
Pray: Praise the Father that He is glorious in every way. Give thanks for Jesus Christ who shows us the glory of God in His life, death and resurrection. Ask God for His Holy Spirit to help you and others see how glorious God is.

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