Skip to comments.Why God Created the Universe—For Good Friday
Posted on 04/22/2011 10:20:47 AM PDT by RnMomof7
On the panel at The Gospel Coalition I was asked how my preaching may have become more Christocentric over the years. Heres the summary of my answer.
My devotion to the truth that God magnifies himself in all that he does has been increasingly refined in a Christ-centered direction. I have been driven in this direction by a cluster of insights.
1. The apex of Gods display of his own glory is the display of his grace.
God predestined . . . according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace (Ephesians 1:56). Grace is the endpoint in the revelation of Gods glory.
This is seen in the way wrath serves to make God more glorious for the vessels of mercy. Desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, God has endured with much patience vessels of wrath . . . in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy (Romans 9:2223).
2. Gods glorification of his grace was planned before creation.
God chose us in him before the foundation of the world . . . to the praise of the glory of his grace (Ephesians 1:46).
3. Gods glorification of his grace was to happen through the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ . . . to the praise of the glory of his grace (Ephesians 1:56).
God called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began (2 Timothy 1:9).
4. From eternity the apex of Gods glorification of his grace was designed to be Christs crucifixion for sinners.
Before there was any human sin to die for, God planned that his Son be slain for sinners. We know this because of the name given to the book of life before creation. Everyone [will worship the beast] whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain (Revelation 13:8).
5. Gods glorification of his grace in the crucifixion of his Son for sinners was the ultimate purpose for creating the universe.
All things were created through him and for him (Colossians 1:16). For all eternity we will sing the song of the Lamb (Rev. 15:3). We will say, Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain (Revelation 5:9).
6. Therefore God planned from eternity that the revelation of his glory would be the ultimate reason for creating the universe.
This glory would be supremely displayed in Gods grace. This grace would be supremely glorified in Jesus. And the apex of that glorification in Jesus would be reached when he was slain to save a people who would spend eternity magnifying the greatness of that grace.
In other words the universe was created for the glorification of Gods grace at Calvary, echoing through eternity in the Christ-exalting joys of the redeemed.
Topic The Supremacy of Christ
Since the curtain is torn from top to bottom, don't dawdle in the courtyard of the temple, run for the altar...John Piper
Preaching through Hebrews now. Piper is making an argument which I think the author of Hebrews would approve of, entirely.
Thanks for a wonderful post; truly, God is great!!!!
It is easy to forget that creation is all about God, we want to make it about us.. all things are to redound to His glory that includes the fall and the redemption .
The fall revealed to us the holiness of God and the redemption His wrath at sin, His Glory, His Mercy and His love ... The cross reveals the entirety of God.. and indeed all creation points to the cross..
Rom 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
Rom 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.