Friday, August 31, 2007

FOR HIS GLORY

GOD'S first and greatest object is his own glory.

There was a time, before all time, when there was no day, except the Ancient of days- when God dwelt alone in the magnificence of his sublime solitude.

Whether he should create, or not create was a question depending upon the answer to another question- "Would it be to his honor or not?"

He determined that he would glorify himself by creating; but, in creating, beyond all doubt, his motive was his own glory.

And since that time, he has ever ruled the earth, and blessed it with the same object in his infinite mind-his own glory and honor.

A lesser motive for God to have, would be less than divine.

The very highest virtue of God is for him to magnify himself in all his greatness as the Infinite and the Eternal. Whatever, then, God permits or does, he does with this one motive- his own glory.

And even salvation, costly though it was, and infinitely a benefaction to us, had for its first object, and for its grand result, the exaltation of the Being and of the attributes of the Supreme Ruler.

It is the highest position to which you or I could attain--to live for God.


"The evil and suffering in this world are greater than any of us can comprehend. But evil and suffering are not ultimate. God is. Satan, the great lover of evil and suffering, is not sovereign. God is.
“He does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, ‘What have you done?’” (Daniel 4:35)
He declares “the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.’” (Isaiah 46:10)
“Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and bad come?” (Lamentations 3:37-38; see Amos 3:6)
“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” (Proverbs 19:21; see 16:9)
“The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.” (Proverbs 16:33) .. Therefore, “if God is for us, who can be against us? . . .Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:31-37).





Cristina

5 comments:

luvvom said...

Absolutely a true and wonderful quote! May I put it with my collection of quotes? BTW, I love the look of your new blog! You'll have to give me some tips sometime. So glad you're back...I missed you!

Baptist Girl said...

Hi Sarah,
You sure can and thank you, I thought it would be hard but it was actually easy to do. When I am more awake I will send you an email to explain where to go and what to do. I missed you too.

Cristina

luvvom said...

Thanks, Cristina! Should I put you as the author?

Henry (Rick) Frueh said...

God is so intrinsically good and glorious, He could not but share His goodness and the glory of His Person. But with whom can He share Himself with? Within the confidence of the Godhead He creates a man, in His image, and the first among a race that will be the recipients of Himself.

Embedded in that first creative Word was the forknowledge of the Creator that not only would this creation rebel against Him, not only would there have to be a redemptive offer, but that God Himself would provide and be the substitutionary sacrifice necessary for a judicial atonement.

We can know some of the particulars, but if we are honest we are overwhelmed by the enormity of the love, power, and glory of the Almighty and we are rendered as blood bought worshipers, who in an eternal act of immutable grace, have been recreated in the image of Christ. In heaven, as we worship Him, we reflect Him, and His glory fills eternity.

Wow...

Baptist Girl said...

Rick,
It is amazing isn't it,that He knows the beginning to the end, He knews we would fail HIm and yet He still shed His blood for us. We are not worthy of such love. He deserves all we can give Him, He deserves Ultimate Glory.

Cristina