July 19, 2015 Speaker: Ken Ramey
Topic: Glory of God Passage: 1 Corinthians 10:31–10:31
1 Corinthians 10:31
In light of Pastor Ramey’s recent visit to the grave sight of the great 18th Century Pastor Jonathan Edwards, we learn what it means to live like a Christian who’s strongest desire is to glorify God.
This passage in 1 Cornthians reminds us that the ultimate end of everything that happens in the universe is the glory of God through the person of Christ (Psalm 29:3; 19:1; Isaiah 6:3). This is seen clearly throughout creation such that man is without excuse (Romans 1:20; Revelation 4:11; Romans 11:36). God not only demands honor and glory, but He deserves it (Psalm 29:1 Rev 14:7; Isaiah 43:7). This is summarized in the Westminster Catechism, which states “The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” Moreover, everything God does is for the purpose of glorifying Himself. This may seem selfish and arrogant to the finite minds of men, but because this is God’s goal, it should be our goal as well. Jonathan Edwards realized this, and so he made bringing glory to God his preeminent pursuit and highest passion in life. This is evidenced through the many resolutions the he established to help himself to maintain this goal.
Because God has raised up many powerful examples of men and women throughout history who have lived out the gospel, we should seek to identify with these strong Christians and to imitate the faith of our spiritual heroes (Hebrews 13:7).