By John Piper
Scripture unearths that the nice enterprise of lifestyles is to glorify God through having fun with Him eternally. during this paradigm-shattering vintage, newly revised and accelerated, John Piper finds that the controversy among responsibility and pleasure does not actually exist: satisfaction is our responsibility. Readers will embark on a dramatically diverse and pleased event in their faithThe pursuit of delight isn't really non-compulsory. it truly is crucial. Scripture finds that the nice company of existence is to glorify God through having fun with Him endlessly. during this paradigm-shattering paintings, John Piper unearths that the talk among responsibility and enjoyment doesn’t actually exist: pride is our accountability. subscribe to him as he unveils beautiful, life-impacting truths you observed within the Bible yet by no means dared to think.
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We have exchanged and dishonored His glory again and again. We have trusted ourselves. We have taken credit for His gifts. We have turned away from the path of His commandments because we thought we knew better. 57 JOHN PIPER In all this we have held the glory of the Lord in contempt. ). The wickedness of sin is owing to the implicit disdain for God. When David committed adultery with Bathsheba, and even had her husband killed, what did God say to him through the prophet Nathan? He did not remind the king that marriage is inviolable or that human life is sacred.
He is not “served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all men life and breath and everything” (Acts 17:25). Everything that exists owes its existence to Him, and no one can add anything to Him that is not already flowing from Him. Therefore, God’s zeal to seek His own glory and to be praised by men cannot be owing to His need to shore up some weakness or compensate for 46 THE HAPPINESS OF GOD some deficiency. He may look, at first glance, like one of the second-handers, but He is not like them, and the superficial similarity must be explained another way.
And since this original happiness was God’s delight in His own glory, therefore the happiness that He has in all His works of creation and redemption is nothing other than a delight in His own glory. This is why God has done all things, from creation to consummation, for the preservation and display of His glory. All His works are simply the spillover of His infinite exuberance for His own excellence. I S G OD FOR US OR FOR H IMSELF ? But now the question arises: If God is so utterly enamored of His own glory, how can He be a God of love?