Weekly Catechism #3

Question:  Why did God make you and all things?

Answer:  For his own glory.

The first question in the Westminster Shorter Catechism is “what is the chief end of man.”  The answer is “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”  John Piper has famously rephrased this concept as “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”

We were made solely to glorify God.

Questions for discussion:

1.  Does God need you for anything?

2.  Was God lonely before He created us?

Verses (All ESV):

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. (Psalm 19:1)

Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created. (Rev. 4:11)

Theological concept to consider for the week:

The Independence of God

A common wrong answer given when this question is asked by children is, “God created us because He was lonely.”  Nothing could be further from the truth.  God has existed for eternity in perfect fellowship within the Trinity.  He has no need for us, yet takes delight in our giving Him glory.

God does not rely or need anything outside of Himself.  He is completely independent and self-existant.  This attribute of God is referred to as His aseity.   This term comes from the latin words a se which mean “from himself.”

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2 Responses

  1. What a neat blog and powerful resource. Found you on The Gospel Coalition Network. Thanks for the words man.

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