<490105> Ephesians 1:5, 6, 9 ? ?having foreordained us? according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of thc glory of his grace? mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he purposed in him?; Revelations 4:11 ? ?thou didst create all things, and because of thy will they were, and were created.? <234307> Isaiah 43:7 ? ?whom I have created for my glory?; 60:21 and 61:3 ? the righteousness and blessedness of the redeemed are secured, that ?he maybe glorified?; <420214>Luke 2:14 ? the angels? song at the birth of Christ expressed the design of the work of salvation: ?Glory to God in the highest,? and only through and for its sake, ?on earth peace among men in whom he is well pleased.?
<19E311> Psalm 143:11 ? ?In thy righteousness bring my soul out of trouble?; <263621>Ezekiel 36:21, 22 ? ?I do not this for your sake? but for mine holy name?; 39:7 ? ?my holy name will I make known?;
<450917> Romans 9:17 ? to Pharaoh: ?For this very purpose did I raise thee up, that I might show in thee my power, and that my name might be published abroad in all the earth?; 22, 23 ? ?riches of his glory? made known in vessels of wrath, and in vessels of mercy; <490309>Ephesians 3:9, 10 ? ?created all things; to the intent that now unto the principalities and the powers in the heavenly places might be made known through the church the manifold wisdom of God.? See Godet on Ultimate Design of Man; ?God in man and man in God,? in Princeton Rev., Nov 1880; Hedge, Systematic Theology, 1:436, 535, 565, 568. Per contra, see Miller, Fetich in Theology 19, 39-45, 88-98, 143-146.
Since holiness is the fundamental attribute in God, to make himself, his own pleasure, his own glory, his own manifestation, to be his end in creation, is to find his chief end in his own holiness, its maintenance, expression, and communication. To make this his chief end, however, is not to exclude certain subordinate ends, such as the revelation of his wisdom, power, and love, and the consequent happiness of innumerable creatures to whom this revelation is made.
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