God Is Not For Us But For Himself, And That’s Far Better

Recently Matt Chandler preached through fifty verses in one sermon about God’s Self-Centered Glory.  He mentioned he got the list from his mentor, John Piper.

Here is the list from John Piper.

Here is Matt Chandler’s blog post about it.

Here is the sermon by Matt Chandler (it’s dated 8-14-11, titled Village Identity Part 1).

The following is an excerpt from John Piper’s list:

“Probably no text in the Bible reveals the passion of God for his own glory more clearly and bluntly as Isaiah 48:9-11 where God says,

For my name’s sake I defer my anger, for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off. Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. 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.

I have found that for many people these words come like six hammer blows to a man-centered way of looking at the world:

For my name’s sake!
For the sake of my praise!
For my own sake!
For my own sake!
How should my name be profaned!
My glory I will not give to another!

What this text hammers home to us is the centrality of God in his own affections. The most passionate heart for the glorification of God is God’s heart. God’s ultimate goal is to uphold and display the glory of his name.”

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! — 2 Corinthians 5:17.

When Apostle Paul wrote this in the original Greek language, he was so excited he forgot all the verbs (he was normally an eloquent writer). So literally it reads, “Any of you Christ? He new creation.”

Originally posted on my Tumblr.