This past Sunday John talked about God's Ultimate Purpose. Many of God's purposes will always remain a mystery to us on this side of eternity (Deuteronomy 29:29). Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us that His ways and His thoughts are too high for us to fully comprehend. That is not too surprising if we just look at how intricate and vast creation is! People everywhere are asking questions about the existence and nature of God. What is He really like? And what does He think about me? As Christians, we believe that God has chosen to reveal a part of His Ultimate Purpose to us in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
God's eternal purpose has been and always will be to bring glory to Himself. On earth, it began with creation, then establishing a people to know and worship Him, then culminating in the greatest revelation of His exact nature and likeness, Jesus Christ. Jesus' reconciling work on the earth was to the praise of His glorious grace and to the praise of His glory (Ephesians 1:6&12). The clearest picture we have of His grace and glory is found in the cross and Jesus' resurection. The good news is that His grace and glory reveals His love and His desire to reconcile us to become sons & daughters of God (1 John 3:1, 4:8).
God's ultimate, eternal purpose is to first and foremost bring Himself Glory. And His glory is to us our good! When we lovingly submit to God and choose to come in line with His ultimate purpose for creation, namely, to bring Him glory and honor through loving and obeying Jesus, then our hearts will come alive with an indescribable satisfaction that the world is dying to see.