Do you know Thomas Watson? He is my favourtie Puritan writer. The Body of Divinity was a series of sermons based on the Shorter Westminster Cathechism, but even if you are not a fan of the Westminster Confession (and I have my problems with it.;-)) Watson is to be highly recommended. If you are searching for 'quotes' this will be treaurehouse for you. He uses the word 'end' here in the biblical sense of 'purpose or destination'.
Q-I:WHAT IS THE CHIEF END OF MAN?
A:Man s chief end is to glorify God,and to enjoy him for ever.
Here are two ends of life specified.1:The glorifying of God.2:The enjoying of God.
I.The glorifying of God,I Pet 4:4:That God in all things may be glorified. The glory of God is a silver thread which must run through all our actions.I Cor 10:01.Whether therefore ye eat or
drink,or whatsoever ye do,do all to the glory of God. Everything works to some end in things natural and artificial;now,man being a rational creature,must propose some end to himself,and
that should be,that he may lift up God in the world.He had better lose his life than the end of his living.The great truth is asserted,that the end of every man s living should be to glorify God.
Glorifying God has respect to all the persons in the Trinity;it respects God the Father who gave us life;God the Son,who lost his life for us;and God the Holy Ghost,who produces a new life in
us;we must bring glory to the whole Trinity.
When we speak of God s glory,the question will be moved,What are we to understand by God s glory?
There is a twofold glory:[I ] The glory that God has in himself,,his intrinsic glory.Glory is essential to the Godhead,as light is to the sun:he is called the God of Glory. Acts 7:7.Glory is
the sparkling of the Deity;it is so co-natural to the Godhead,that God cannot be God without it. The creature s honour is not essential to his being.A king is a man without his regal ornaments,
when his crown and royal robes are taken away;but God s glory is such an essential part of his being,that he cannot be God without it.God s very life lies in his glory.This glory can receive no
addition,because it is infinite;it is that which God is most tender of,and which he will not part with.Isa 48:8:My glory I will not give to another. God will give temporal blessings to his children,,
such as wisdom,riches,honour;he will give them spiritual blessings,he will give them grace,he will give them his love,he will give them heaven;but his essential glory he will not give to another.
King Pharaoh parted with a ring off his finger to Joseph,and a gold chain,but he would not part with his throne.Gen 41:10.Only in the throne will I be greater than thou. So God will do much
for his people;he will give them the inheritance;he will put some of Christ s glory,as mediator, upon them;but his essential glory he will not part with;in the throne he will be greater. [2 ] The
glory which is ascribed to God,or which his creatures labour to bring to him.I Chron 16:69.Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name. And,,I Cor 6:60.Glorify God in your body,and in
your spirit. The glory we give God is nothing else but our lifting up his name in the world,,and magnifying him in the eyes of others.Phil 1:10.Christ shall be magnified in my body.
What is it to glorify God?
Glorifying God consists in four things:1:Appreciation,2.Adoration,3.Affection,4.Subjection.
This is the yearly rent we pay to the crown of heaven.
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