Bethel Baptist Church

"For from Him and to Him and through Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen." Romans 11:36

Pastor Cosand: July 2018

THE GOD-CENTEREDNESS OF GOD
God does everything He does, ultimately, for His glory

When we consider the glory of God, one thing that comes to mind is that we should live for His glory. The Westminster Catechism reminds us that "The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever." But the Bible makes it clear that "The chief end of God is to glorify God." We know from the Scriptures that we should be God-centered, but what we also see in the Scriptures is that God Himself is God-centered. God does everything He does for His glory. The following verses are meant to display the God-centeredness of God, with the hope that we might see the folly and arrogant rebellion of putting anything in the place of God in our affections. We might say that to be self-centered is to be at odds with the universe.

God forgives Israel's sins (and ours) for His glory

I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins. (Isa 43:25)

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. Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another. (Isa 48:8-11)

God created us for His glory

I will say to the north, "Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made." (Isa 43:6-7)

God chose a people for His glory

. . . even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace. (Eph 1:4-6)

Christ suffered to bring glory to God

"Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name." Then a voice came from heaven: "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again." (Jn 12:27-29)

God restored Israel from exile for His glory

Therefore say to the house of Israel, "Thus says the Lord God: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Lord God, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes." (Ezek 36:22-23)

God delivered Israel from Egypt for His glory

Our fathers, when they were in Egypt, did not consider your wondrous works; they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love, but rebelled by the Sea, at the Red Sea. Yet he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make known his mighty power. (Psa 106:7-8)

God's glory is the purpose for our good deeds

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Mt 5:16)

Sin is a dishonoring of God's glory

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Rom 3:23)

Christ will come again for the glory of God

They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints. (2 Thes 1:9-10)

Our experience of the glory of God is Christ's ultimate aim for us

Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. (Jn 17:24)

God displays His glory even in His wrath

What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory? (Rom 9:22-23)

Lest someone concludes that this emphasis on God's glory is egotistical and vain on God's part, let us remember the nature of God. For any one of us to say what God says, it would be egotistical, but it is not narcissistic for God. For God to display His glory at every turn, it is an act of love. This universal display is intended to draw us to God that we might be infinitely and eternally satisfied with Him. How else could we know the unseen God unless He revealed Himself to us? And God makes this revelation in such a way that His wonders cannot be missed. They can be ignored, but not because they are hidden. That God has "gone public" with His indescribable glories is not evidence of divine vanity, but of divine mercy.

Bowing before the God of glory,
Pastor Cosand