Why Please God in a Self-Pleasing Age?
- Wednesday, June 28, 2006
The concept of superabundance implies a quantity of substance: the aforementioned love and holiness. Further, the concept of superabundance implies a quality of being. If we superabound in love and holiness we will superabound in pleasing the Lord and if we superabound in pleasing the Lord, we will superabound in joy and peace.
Fifth, there is an obedience in pleasing God. Obedience is associated with "oughtness" and command. We are commanded to please God. It should be pointed out here that God is pleased or satisfied with us as His glory is reflected. The reason for this dynamic is two-fold.
In the first place, God delights in His children as He has set His love upon them and sees them in Christ. He cannot delight in them apart from Christ as they have no righteousness apart from Him.
In the second place, God ultimately delights in His Son. Christ is the Son of His Love (Colossians 1:13) and God has purposed that Christ would be glorified by all things. In terms of justification, God can never be more pleased with us than He already is. But, in terms of the practical dynamic of pleasing, as we are increasingly filled with the knowledge of God's will, we can walk in a way that increasingly pleases Him.
Sixth, there is a glory in pleasing God. We do what we do for the sake of Christ and His glory and indeed to draw others to Him. The obligation upon us to please God comes to us through and for the Lord Jesus Christ. Our focus is on Christ's authority and our derived obligation to obey. At the same time, our focus is on Christ's glory and reputation and our subsequent obligation to obey then is for the sake of that glory. Further, commandment-keeping under the New Covenant is ultimately for the purpose of putting Christ's character and power on display. It is for His glory to be revealed in and through those whom He has saved. Let us please God for that reason if for no other.
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