The parts where he is telling you what to do, and how to be, and how to act, always follow a couple of chapters at the beginning of the book where he tells you how Jesus feels about you, how God looks at you, what’s been accomplished on your behalf. When you know who you are, then you can know how to be.” —
Lee Younger on episode 23 of the Say That podcast
Tullian Tchivijian pointed out this fact in Jesus + Nothing = Everything.
Such rich truth!
creation. fall. redemption.
in many ways, this sums things up rather nicely, but what is missing from this equation is an obvious indication of the end goal. the “why” behind it all.
why was everything created?
why was there a fall and why is sin bad?
why did God choose to bring about redemption?
apart from making this end goal very clear, we can take our creation fall redemption gospel and end up with something rather God-belittling and blasphemous. how so? by making the gospel about us, our comforts, and taking the focus away from what it is ultimately about.
so what is the “why” behind it all, what is the ultimate purpose of the Gospel? simply put, everything God does is to showcase His glory.
everything was created to bring Him glory and to show how glorious He is.
the fall showcases His glory and sin is bad because it takes glory away from Him.
God chose to bring about redemption to make His name great - so we would know how glorious He is and turn around and showcase that glory to everyone we encounter.
the “big picture” is always about God and His glory. always.
the gospel is about creation fall redemption all pointing to God’s glory.
in this first chapter of matt chandler’s book, “explicit gospel”, he cites a snapshot of verses that highlights the fact that God is ultimately about His glory in everything He does. Here they are:
- ezekiel 20:5-9
- psalms 106:8
- exodus 14:4, 18
- 1 samuel 12:19-23
- 1 kings 8
- 2 samuel 7:23
- isaiah 48:9-11
- malachi 2:2
- john 7:18; 17:4
- john 12:27, 28
- ephesians 1:3-6
- matthew 5:16
- 1 corinthians 10:31
- 1 peter 4:11
- 2 thessalonians 1:9, 10
- revelations 21:23
i always appreciate time spent digging deeper into who God is. He is so much greater, self-sufficient, and more after His glory than i will ever fully understand. praise God for being a God that is beyond my complete comprehension, who chooses to draw near to me.