God’s Glory: A Study For the Most Practical of Applications

“The Bible never gives us glimpses of God’s nature merely for intellectual discussion. It opens the name and glory of God to our understanding in order to help us revere God and love him and trust him and obey him. So when God stands before Moses and uncovers his innermost soul — the glory of his absolute divine freedom — he is doing it for a very practical purpose, namely, to give Moses encouragement to get on with his mission of leading a stiff-necked people on to the promised land.

The deepest doctrines of God have to do with everyday life. Theology is the most relevant and practical of all the human disciplines. If that isn’t our experience, it’s either because our theology is untrue, or because we go about it in a spirit of irreverence and make a game of it. The doctrines of God revealed in the Bible are of immense personal, practical, and eternal importance. O how we need to study the name and glory of God.”

~John Piper, Sep. 23, 1984 in a sermon called “I Will Be Gracious to Whom I Will Be Gracious,” Emphasis mine

In this aforementioned sermon, Piper lists four closing applications that relate to the doctrine of unconditional election:

1. Humility for the best of saints.

2. Hope for the worst of sinners.

3. Help for the cause of missions.

4. Homage for the name of God.

Furthermore, in relation to the will of man versus the will of God:

The basis of God’s mercy to me is not my own will, but his will. When I choose God, it is because he has first chosen me. My will is not sovereign and self-determining. God’s is.

We must remember everything about God is good news for the sinner who has eyes to see. Jesus came to reveal God to us and to be God With Us. His doctrines are not sent to condemn the world, but to save it.