- We see in the Scriptures that show God’s Zeal and Love for His Own Glory
- Jesus warned that not seeking God’s glory makes faith impossible: (John 5:44)
- Jesus said that he answers prayer that God would be glorified: (John 14:13)
- Jesus endured his final hours of suffering for God’s glory: “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour?’ But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again’ (John 12:27-28).Father, the hour has come; glorify your son that the Son may glorify you. (John 17:1; cf. 13:31-32)
- God gave his Son to vindicate the glory of his righteousness: God put [Christ] forward as a propitiation by his blood . . . to show God’s righteousness . . . It was to show his righteousness at the present time. (Romans 3:25-26)
- God forgives our sins for his own sake: I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins. (Isaiah 43:25)
- For your own name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great. (Psalm 25:11)
- Jesus receives us into his fellowship for the glory of God: Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. (Romans 15:7)
- The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Son of God: He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. (John 16:14)
- God instructs us to do everything for his glory: So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (l Corinthians 10:31; cf. 6:20).
- God tells us to serve in a way that will glorify him: Whoever serves, [let him do it] as one who serves by the strength which God supplies – in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (l Peter 4:11)
- Jesus will fill us with fruits of righteousness for God’s glory: It is my prayer that . . . [you be] filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:9, 11)
- All are under judgment for dishonoring God’s glory: They became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images. (Romans 1:22, 23)
- For all havesinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
- Herod is struck dead because he did not give glory to God: Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory. (Acts 12:23)
- Jesus is coming again for the glory of God: They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed. (2 Thessalonians 1:9-10)
- Jesus’ ultimate aim for us is that we see and enjoy his glory: Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. (John 17:24)
- Even in wrath God’s aim is to make known the wealth of his glory: Desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, [God] has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he prepared beforehand for glory. (Romans 9:22-23)
- God’s plan is to fill the earth with the knowledge of his glory: For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)
- Everything that happens will redound to God’s glory: From him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 11:36)
- In the New Jerusalem the glory of God replaces the sun: And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives its light, and its lamp is the Lamb (Revelation 21:23).
Why does God remind us over and over that He makes much of us in a way that is designed ultimately to make much of Him?
The answer is this: Loving us this way is a greater love. God’s love for us, that makes much of us for his glory, is a greater love than if he ended by making us our greatest treasure, rather than himself. Making himself our end is a greater love than making us his end. The reason this is greater love is that self, no matter how glorified by God (Romans 8:30), will never satisfy a heart that is made for God.
God loves his people infinitely. He sent his Son to die that he might have us, and that we might have him (1 Peter 3:18). He will not let us settle for wonderful and happy thoughts of self. Not even a saved, glorified self. He will not let our glory, which he himself creates and delights in, replace his glory as our supreme treasure. That would not be love.
We are loved by God. We are precious to God, and the greatest gift he has for us is to not let our preciousness become our god. God will be our God. God alone, forever. And this is infinite love.
When we experience this love deeply—when we are compelled by this love in everything—God is greatly glorified.
Why Does God Save Us?
Or we can consider the doctrine of salvation and ask, “Why does God save us?” One might hastily retort, “For his glory.” Again, that is right and critical. But the Bible provides a wide range of reasons. Powerfully and regularly, God himself explains his motive for saving. John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world that he gave . . .” (cf. 1 John 4:9-10). Ephesians 1:4-5 extols, “In love” God predestined us (cf. Deut. 7), and Ephesians 2:4 ties our salvation to God’s love, mercy, and grace (cf. Titus 3:4-5). John 17 records Jesus’ high priestly prayer, interweaving God’s glory and the good of his people, praying and acting in part, “for their sake” (17:19). Romans 8:28 also makes it clear that redemptive history is, in large part, for the good of God’s people.
So why does God save? For many reasons, but in and through all of them, God displays who he is and thus glorifies himself. God manifests his glory because in saving us he displays his wisdom
- (Romans. 11:33-36;
- 1 Corinthians. 1:18-31;
- Ephesians. 3:10-11), righteousness, justice
- (Rom. 3:25-26), love, mercy, kindness,
- (Ephesians. 2:4-7; Romans. 9:20-23), freedom, wrath, and power (Romans. 9:20-23).