Edwards, Works, 2:2l5 ? ?Selfishness is no otherwise vicious or unbecoming than as one is less than a multitude. The public weal is of greater value than his particular interest. It is fit and suitable that God should value himself infinitely more than his creatures.? Shakespeare, Hamlet, 3:3 ? ?The single and peculiar life is bound With all the strength and armor of the mind To keep itself from noyance; but much more That spirit upon whose weal depends and rests The lives of many. The cease of majesty Dies not alone, but like a gulf doth draw What?s near it with it: it is a massy wheel Fixed on the summit of the highest mount, To whose huge spokes ten thousand lesser things Are mortis?d and adjoined; which when it falls, Pica small annexment, petty consequence, Attends the boisterous ruin. Never alone did the king sigh, But with a general groan.?
(e) God?s glory is the end, which in a right moral system is proposed to creatures. This must therefore be the end, which he in whose image they are made proposes to himself. He who constitutes the center and end of all his creatures must find his center and end in himself. This principle of moral philosophy and the conclusion drawn from it are both explicitly and implicitly taught in Scripture.
The beginning of all religion is the choosing of Gods end as our end ? the giving up of our preference of happiness and the entrance upon a life devoted to God. That happiness is not the ground of moral obligation is plain from the fact that there is no happiness in seeking happiness. That the holiness of God is the ground of moral obligation is plain from the fact that the search after holiness is not only successful in itself, but brings happiness also in its train. Archbishop Leighton, Works, 695 ? ?It is a wonderful instance of wisdom and goodness that God has so connected his own glory with our happiness. We cannot properly intend the one, but that the other must follow as a matter of course, and our own felicity is at last resolved into his eternal glory.? That God will certainly secure the end for which he created, his own glory, and that his end is our end, is the true source of comfort in affliction, of strength in labor, of encouragement in prayer. See <192511>Psalm 25:11 ? ?For thy names sake? Pardon mine iniquity for it is great?; 115 ? ?Not unto us, O Jehovah, not unto us, But unto thy name give glory??; <400633>Matthew 6:33 ? ?Seek ye first his kingdom, an its righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you?; <461031>1 Corinthians 10:31 ? ?Whether therefore ye eat, or drink or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God?; <600209>1 Peter 2:9 ? ?ye are an elect race? that ye may show forth the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light??; 4:11 ? ?speaking, ministering, ?that in all things God may he glorified through Jesus Christ,
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