This is the fifth and final part in this series. (Here is Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4) Though this last topic of Christian essentials and unity should cause us to rejoice and praise God, it is actually one that causes much discomfort and controversy. Soli Deo Gloria, glory to God alone. We are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone according to Scripture alone for the glory of God alone! If you, when asked why you’re a Christian start out with the words “I’m a Christian because I…” you missed it. Whether you realize it or not you are attempting to rob God of his glory.
For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another.
You aren’t saved because you anything, you are saved because God everything. You were dead in your trespasses and sins but God brought you to life (Eph 2) and gave you a new heart (Ez 36). God saved you not because you’re so great but because He is so great. He didn’t save you for your sake but for His sake and for His glory alone!
Yet he saved them for His name’s sake, that he might make known his mighty power.
I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for His name’s sake.
1 John 2:12
He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
His glory is great through your salvation; splendor and majesty you bestow on him.
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name’s sake!
For the Lord will not forsake his people, for His great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you a people for himself.
1 Samuel 12:22
It was to show His righteousness at the present time, so that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
You are saved for His sake and His glory. We are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone according to Scripture alone for the glory of God alone. Soli Deo Gloria!
The Westminster Shorter Catechism asks and rightly answers:
Q: What is the chief end of man?
A: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
If we acknowledge that we are saved for His glory alone how much more ought we live for his glory alone? God is completely sovereign over every affair, working all things according to the council of His will (Eph 1:11), His purposes are always accomplished (Is 46:10), we cannot thwart His plans (Job 42:2) and in the end, in one way or another, He will be glorified in everything. God is God and God is sovereign, we see him using sickness for his glory (Jn 11:4), moral evil for His glory (Gen 50:20), He predestines us for adoption to the praise of His glorious grace (Eph 1:5-6), and even the destruction of the wicked for His glory (Rm 9:22-23). The first petition in the Lord’s prayer that we are to seek is his glory- “hallowed be Thy name”. Think about that! The very first thing Jesus told us to petition God for (before our own food or forgiveness) is that we seek that his name be honored and glorified by us and by all. God’s primary mission is not to make you rich, healthy, or known; sometimes he does, but his end is His own glory. Re-read this paragraph and let it sink in.
How shall we then live?
Your primary purpose in life is to glorify God, whatever else you’re living for is idolatry! We glorify him when we are fulfilled by Him, we glorify Him when we take pleasure in Him, we glorify Him when we are sustained by Him and we glorify Him when we need Him.
“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him” -John Piper
Seek God’s glory in everything. Welcome and love one another to the glory of God (Rm 15:7). Declare his glory to all peoples and nations (Ps 96:3). When you suffer, suffer to make His name known and show that His joy is greater than your pain (Rm 5:1-5). When you lose everything, glorify Him by living out the reality that He is all you need (Job 1:21).
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
Soli Deo Gloria!