Tuesday, September 8, 2009

What is the chief end of God?

23 Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the LORD. (Ezekiel 38:23)

The humanistic Gospel centres on what God has done for us. However, the Gospel is ultimately about what God has achieved for Himself. If we come to the Scriptures with a man-centred perspective, then we can easily slide into error. On the other hand, if we appraoch the Scriptures from the perspecitive that God is God, and all things exist for His pleasure and His purpose, then we maintain our proper place: humbly bowed at the feet of Him Who fills all in all.

"For we know that all things work together for good, for those who love God and are the called according to His purpose. " The good is God's good. The purpose is His purpose. His good purpose is to magnify and sanctify Himself, so that He will be known amongst the nations as THE LORD.

"Kiss the Son, lest He be angry and you perish in your way." (Psalm 2)

1 comment:

Steve from the Alice said...

Good summary of the dilemna we currently are facing. As my head splits open this morning for sleeplessness last night, I remembered the words of an old, popular Youth Fellowship song from 40+ years ago, the first line of which went, "Now it is Jesus and me for each tomorrow..." It IS important to have Jesus as friend. He allows us that privilege for our comfort. Meanwhile, He remains our Lord and Masterl, and that is for our service and His glory.