The Center of Life
The Bible teaches that all things have their beginning in God, are sustained by God, and are purposed for making His glorious perfections known (Romans 11:36; 1:18-23; Psalms 19:1; Genesis 1:27-28; Isaiah 42:8; 43:7; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Jeremiah 9:23-24; John 1:14; Hebrews 1:3).
The primary purpose and story-line of the Scriptures is of God revealing the glory of His goodness through creation and people so that He might be glorified.
- God created the cosmos to reveal his glory (Genesis 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31; Psalms 19:1; Romans 1:20).
- God created man to bear his image and reveal his glory (Genesis 1:26-28; Ephesians 1:6, 12, 14; 3:8-10).
- Everything will eventually come under the authority of Christ to the glory of God (Ephesians 1:10-12; Colossians 1:19-20; Revelation 21 – 22:5)
All that God does he does unto His glorification (Isaiah 42:8; Exodus 20:3-5). It was the purpose of Christ’s life, ministry, death and resurrection (Hebrews 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15, 19; John 1:1-5, 9-14; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6), and it is the purpose of the Holy Spirit’s ministry in the life of the believer (John 15:26).
What does God want from you? To know him as he has made himself known, to glorify him, and to live life according to the truths he has revealed in Scripture so that others might come to do the same, seeing the steadfast faith, deep contentment, and profound joy God’s people take in their Savior.
What makes this difficult? Although man was created good just like the rest of creation (Genesis 1), and although man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-28) man chose not to obey God (Genesis 3:1-7). In this disobedience sin, unrighteousness, entered the world through Adam so that every man afterward was born sinful (Rom 5:12; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22; James 1:15; Psalms 51:5).
What is sin? Sin is any act that does not have the glory of God as its motive, that contravenes God’s nature, will and commands in order to serve some selfish motive or gain. Sin in a nutshell is idolatry because something other than God and his glory becomes the motive for what is being done. The terrible truth is that the end result of sin is death (Genesis 2:17; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22; Romans 6:23).
This, then, is the reason why eternal God, The Son Jesus Christ took to himself human nature (Phil 2:6-8) to be born as a child from a virgin (Matt 1:18-23; Isaiah 7:14), and to live a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:5), so that he might become an ultimate and final sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 10:1-18). Christ made it possible for people to be forgiven for their sinful idolatry and to be brought near to God in worship and service to Him (Romans 5:1-8; 6:23). Through God’s gracious choosing and enablement, those who choose to place their faith for eternal life in Christ find that:
- God’s wrath for their sin is satisfied (1 John 2:2; Rom 3:25).
- They are “justified,” or Christ’s righteousness is accounted to them (Romans 1:17; 3:22; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:9).
- They begin to grow in godliness (Philippians 2:13; Galatians 5:22-23).
- They are assured that they will be glorified unto eternal life with God (John 10:27-30).
This is the “good news” of Scripture, that God has provided for man’s sin through Christ so that any person may know salvation by God’s grace, through faith in Christ, according to the Scriptures, so that their lives might glorify God. It is great news that what God demands of us, that which we could in no way do, God graciously made possible for us to do in Christ – that we might live for the praise of his glorious grace!