Half Edwards and half Piper, this ECPA Gold Medallion winner brings the God-entranced passion of Jonathan Edwards into the twenty-first century. Piper passionately demonstrates the relevance of Edwards’s ideals for the personal and public lives of Christians today through his own book-length introduction to Edwards’s The End for Which God Created the World. In this essay, Edwards proclaims that God’s ultimate end is the manifestation of his glory in the highest happiness of his creatures.
This book also contains the complete essay supplemented by almost a hundred of Piper’s insightful explanatory notes. The result is a powerful and persuasive presentation of the things that matter most in the Christian life.
“Keep in mind what I am illustrating. The further up you go in the revealed thoughts of God, the clearer you see that God’s aim in creating the world was to display the value of his own glory, and that this aim is no other than the endless, ever-increasing joy of his people in that glory.” (Page 32)
“Our evangelistic task is not to persuade people that the gospel was made for their felt needs, but that they were made for the soul-satisfying glory of God in the gospel.” (Page 39)
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’ (Rom. 3:23). Sinning is a ‘falling short’ of the glory of God. But the Greek word for ‘falling short’ (husterountai) means ‘lack.’ The idea is not that you shot an arrow at God’s glory and the arrow fell short, but that you could have had it as a treasure, but you don’t. You have chosen something else instead. This is confirmed in Romans 1:23 where people ‘exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image.’ That is the deepest problem with sin: it is a suicidal exchange of infinite value and beauty for some fleeting, inferior substitute. This is the great insult.” (Page 36)
“The love of God for sinners is not his making much of them, but his graciously freeing and empowering them to enjoy making much of him.” (Pages 34–35)
“It also follows that sin is the suicidal exchange of the glory of God for the broken cisterns of created things.” (Page 36)
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MANUEL AGUILAR CASADO
David and Allison Preston