The Mature Christian’s Thoughts About God

The mature Christian’s thoughts about God are no longer merely lofty theological ideas or empty philosophical speculations.  Instead, the doctrines that he cherishes so much have now traveled from his head to his heart and have begun to change him from the inside out in three primary ways.  He is becoming someone who is humble, someone who is spiritual, and someone who is passionate for the glory of God to be displayed in all things.

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philippsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 64

The Glory of God

Arguably the greatest theologian America has ever produced, Jonathan Edwards made the glory of God the center of his theological studies. He often explained that the Trinitarian God of the Bible is infinitely happy living to glorify one another in perfect love.  Had worked with on to teach the glory of God is a shorthand way of speaking of who God is and what God does in totality, saying, “all that is ever spoken of in the scripture has an alternate of gods work is included in that one phrase, “the glory of God.””

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 120

God Does Not Just Rescue Us From Our Sin…

In redeeming us, God doesn’t simply rescue us from our sin; he also rescues us to do something – to develop the world around us to the glory of God.  Therefore, when God saves us, we no longer have to settle for creating our own transitory meaning. 

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il; copyright 2010; p. 152

What Makes Our Human Pursuits Void of Sin

All our merely natural activities will be accepted, if they are offered to God, even the humblest, and all of them, even the noblest, will be sinful if they are not.  Christianity does not simply replace our natural life and substitute a new one; it is rather a new organization which exploits its own supernatural ends, these natural materials.  No doubt, in a given situation, it demands the surrender of some, or of all, our merely human pursuits; it is better to be saved with one eye, than having two, to be cast into Gehenna.  But it does this, in a sense, per accidens – because, in those special circumstances, it has ceased to be possible to practise this or that activity to the glory of God.  There is no essential quarrel between the spiritual and the human activities as such.  Thus the omnipresence of obedience to God in a Christian’s life is, in a way, analogous to the omnipresence of God in space.  God does not fill space as a body fills it, in the sense that parts of Him are in different parts of space, excluding other objects from them.  yet He is everywhere – totally present at every point of space – according to good theologians.

– C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, copyright 1949, 1976, page 54-55

What is the Highest Value?

What is the highest value that God and the authors of Scripture continually go back to in accounting for the actions of God?  The answer is: the glory of God, or the sacred and infinite value of his holiness, or sometimes, simply his name.  There is something far deeper in God than covenant faithfulness.  God was not unrighteous before there was a covenant.  He was righteous before there was any covenant to keep (Psalm 145:17)

– John Piper, The Future of Justification: a Response to N.T. Wright, copyright 2007, page 64