He is Risen!

He is risen! And O the overflow of that single event. It was the cosmic Yes! from God the Father that the death had done all it was meant to do. -John Piper

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Why God Created the Universe—For Good Friday

Why God Created the Universe—For Good Friday.

By: John Piper via Desiring God

On the panel at The Gospel Coalition I was asked how my preaching may have become more Christocentric over the years. Here’s 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 God’s 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 1:5–6). Grace is the endpoint in the revelation of God’s 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 9:22–23).

2.  God’s 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 1:4–6).

3. God’s 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 1:5–6).

“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 God’s glorification of his grace was designed to beChrist’s 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. God’s glorification of his grace in the crucifixion of his Son for sinners was theultimate 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 God’s 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 God’s grace at Calvary, echoing through eternity in the Christ-exalting joys of the redeemed.


Musica

Howdy, Folks! Yep, Kathryn is getting her country on 🙂 Haha. Just kidding, she’s the cutest thang ever. I think we are all in agreeance on that one!!! I’m in a mooooooood!!! Oh yeah and we’ve just looked at our world calendar and determined that there are the same number of days no matter where you are…haha. Well, we’ve just bought a ton of fun music. But now we are getting a little loopy.

xoxo,

J

adventure

As you all know, I’ve been busy this week. I’ve had quite the collection of odd jobs ranging from childcare, to moving boxes and furniture and setting displays. Actually, it’s been kind of fun — I haven’t had to do any one thing for long and nothing gets boring. But, my schedule has been really, really full. On a couple of days I barely made it from job A to job B in time. But somehow I was always on time (no, I didn’t speed — I don’t do that anymore, remember???).

Today I’m just here to tell you about my battle scars. I have long, thin scratches all up and down my arms from moving boxes, furniture and other large things on Tuesday. My finger nails are a nasty mess from breaking down boxes and setting up displays. My clothes are stained and smelly from being with children all the time. I have some beautiful puncture wounds and scabs on my leg from my darling little cat friend. Oh yeah and then there are the nice, large, puffy black bags under my eyes. Those are from staying up too late and getting up too early 🙂 I’m actually quite proud of my little collection of wounds!! It’s been a really good, full week. I’ve enjoyed being busy and having the pressure of getting a lot done.

Busy!

I haven’t had a regular job in a long, long time. Sometimes I miss the consistency, productivity and of course the regular income of having a real job. On the other hand though, I enjoy having my mornings free to read, study and have coffee dates with my friends. I love the flexibility of being able to help out at home and run errands and grocery shop. This week has been full and busy — in a good way though. God has provided lots of odd and end jobs for me! It’s been a nice break from my usual routine and I’m enjoying feeling like I’m getting things done!

Hope you all have a lovely Thursday!!

xoxo,

J