Chapter 2 -
The Bible has real meaning - it’s not just open for any interpretation that anybody wants to give it. The Bible is saying some things and NOT saying others.
- The Word of God then must tell us what it looks like to NOT WASTE OUR LIVES
- The Bible’s answer to this question is the only correct one.
Daniel Fuller says that all of scripture is pointing to God’s desires both to glorify himself AND to delight mankind.
- The Westminster Catechism begins with this phrase - "The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever."
- Pg 28 "Enjoying God supremely is one way to glorify him. Enjoying God makes him look supremely valuable."
- Pg 31 “Unspoken for years, there was in me the feeling that these two were at odds. Either you glorify God or you pursue happiness…. Compounding the problem was that many who seemed to emphasize the glory of God in their thinking did not seem to enjoy him much…. here was the greatest mind of early America…. saying that God’s purpose for my life was that I have a passion for God’s glory and that I have a passion for my joy in that glory, and that these two are one passion."
If this is true; what does it look like to waste your life? - a life that is not spent seeking to enjoy God and helping others to enjoy God is a wasted life.
THAT’S A MASSIVE STATEMENT!!! WHERE IS IT IN SCRIPTURE????
- God made us FOR HIS GLORY
- Saved us for his glory
- Isaiah 48:9-11: 9“For my name’s sake I defer my anger, for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off. 10Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have trieda you in the furnace of affliction. 11For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my nameb be profaned? My glory I will not give to another.
- Ezekiel 20:14: But I acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, in whose sight I had brought them out.
- Romans 3:21-23: 21But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
- He answers our Prayers FOR HIS GLORY
- John 14:13
- Our life and all we do is FOR HIS GLORY
- 1 Cor 10:31 31So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
- To Please God we must be ready to be REWARDED by HIM
- Hebrews 11:6 -
- EVERYTHING is about His glory
- Romans 11:36 - For from him and through him and to him be all things to God be the Glory forever
- We glorify God most by enjoying and exalting His glory
- Jeremiah 2:11-13: 11Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit. 12Be appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the LORD,13for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.
- doesn’t this sound like this - Romans 1:21-23 21For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
- Matt 22:37: 37And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38This is the great and first commandment.
- Isn’t that what this means? Can we love someone without enjoying them?
- "It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased." CS Lewis the weight of glory
To Glorify God is NOT to ADD glory to him - its like magnify
if you magnify with a microscope you make a small thing bigger
if you magnify with a telescope you make a HUGE thing look more like how big it actually is.
How is a God who cares about his own glory more than anything else a loving God? - Isn’t that really selfish and mean?
- God is giving us his greatest gift - the greatest most valuable thing in all the universe - himself
- Love does not equal making much of someone - Loving someone is doing what is best for them - that is helping them to enjoy the most enjoyable thing the thing which they were created to enjoy - the glory of God
- Pg 33 “To make them feel good about themselves when they were created to feel good about seeing God is like taking someone to the Alps and locking them in a room full of mirrors!"
- Heaven is about enjoying God - Jesus said John 17:3 - and this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent"
- God is the one being in the universe for whom self-exaltation is the most loving act...
- Pg 36 “Now we see that in creating us for his glory he is creating us for our highest joy. He is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him"
- Pg 37 “no child complains when his father delights to make the child happy with his own presence"
- The First and Greatest commandment is to Love the Lord your God with all your heart mind soul and strength…. That commandment must be obeyed by us… AND BY GOD.
The Excellencies of Christ - all we have said about God thus far must be applied to Jesus Christ specifically as well - pg 38“God without Christ is no God. And a no-God cannot save or satisfy the soul”
- Col 1:16 - All things were created through him and for him (Jesus)
- The Cross is our only passport into the reason we were created. John 14:6 - I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
- Pg 40 “if we would embrace the glory of God, we must embrace the Gospel of Christ. The reason for this is not only because we are sinners and need a Savior to die for us, but also because this Savior is himself the fullest and most beautiful manifestation of the glory of God. He purchases our undeserved and everlasting pleasure, and he becomes for us our all-deserving, everlasting Treasure.
Think for a minute:
- Do you believe that the Bible holds the answers to the deepest questions of life? - Have you searched there to find them?
- When John Piper says that God does everything for His own glory - is that offensive to you, even in a small way?
- How would your life change if it was lived in an all out pursuit of joy in God?