God?s glory is that which makes him glorious. It is not something without, like the praise and esteem of men, but something within, like the dignity and value of his own attributes. To a noble man, praise is very distasteful unless he is conscious of something in himself that justifies it. We must be like God to be self-respecting. Pythagoras said well: ?Man?s end is to be like God.? And so God must look within and find his honor and his end in himself. Robert Browning, Llohensticl-Schwangau: ?This is the glory, that in all conceived Or felt or known, I recognize a Mind, Not mine but like mine ? for the double joy Making all things for me, and me for Him.? Schurman, Belief in God, 214-216 ? ?God glorifies himself in communicating himself.? The object of his love is the exercise of his holiness. Self-affirmation conditions self-communication.
E. G. Robinson, Christian Theology, 94, 196 ? ?Law and gospel are only two sides of the one object, the highest glory of God in the highest good of man? Nor is it unworthy of God to make himself his own end:
(a) It is both unworthy and criminal for a finite being to make himself his own end, because it is an end that can be reached only by degrading self and wronging others but, (b) for an infinite Creator not to make himself his own end would be to dishonor himself and wrong his creatures since, thereby, (c) he must either act without an cud, which is irrational, or from an end which is impossible without wronging his creatures because (c) the highest welfare of his creatures, and consequently their happiness, is impossible except through the subordination and conformity of their wills to that of their infinitely perfect Ruler and (d) without this highest welfare and happiness of his creatures God?s own end itself becomes impossible, for he is glorified only as his character is reflected in, and recognized by, his intelligent creatures.? Creation can add nothing to the essential wealth or worthiness of God. If the end were outside himself, it would make him dependent and a servant. The old theologians therefore spoke of God?s ?declarative glory,? rather than God?s ?essential glory,? as resulting from man?s obedience and salvation.
2. The testimony of reason.
That his own glory, in the sense just mentioned, is God?s supreme end in creation, is evident from the following considerations:
(a) God?s own glory is the only end actually and perfectly attained in the universe. Wisdom and omnipotence cannot choose an end which is destined to be forever unattained; for ?what his soul desireth, even that he doeth? ( <182313>Job 23:13). God?s supreme end cannot be the happiness of creatures since many are miserable here and will be miserable forever.
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