Saturday, September 1, 2007

Before

Before the creation of the world, God had perfect unity, fellowship, and communion with himself in the trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Why in the world did He need to go and create all of this? Well, He didn't need to. We know that. But because of the overflowing, superabundance of His joy, His love, and His good pleasure, He created us. To display His Glory and His Splendor.

Before the creation of the world He chose us to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will. (Eph 1:4-5)

Before we set out to create something or serve someone, somewhere, we should start with the very beginning, reflecting on the fact of His glory and His good pleasure toward us and toward mankind, all created in His image. Otherwise, we are attempting to circumvent the divine purpose (which of course is impossible, but can lead to much misery).

"whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Cor 10:31b

Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man's chief end is to glorify God, [a] and to enjoy him for ever. [b]
[a]. Ps. 86:9; Isa. 60:21; Rom. 11:36; I Cor. 6:20; 10:31; Rev. 4:11
[b]. Ps. 16:5-11; 144:15; Isa. 12:2; Luke 2:10; Phil. 4:4; Rev. 21:3-4
(Westminster Shorter Cathecism)

Before the throne of God, we will all fall on our faces and lay down any of our crowns, saying in unison with all of heaven:

Rev 4:11"You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being."

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