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Does God do all things for His own Glory, or for Love?

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I was reading through some of John Gill’s Body of Practical Divinity today and remembered an old thought I used to meditate upon a lot which deals with a common misunderstanding that can arise when hearing God-centered preaching and teaching. Here is the statement from Gill that jogged my memory:

“…he [God] may indeed be said to will one thing for another, but then that which he wills for another is no moving cause of his will. These may have the nature of cause and effect between themselves, but neither of them [are] the cause of the will of God. Nor is there any final cause of what he wills and does but his own glory…” (punctuation and emphasis are mine)

In other words, what Gill is saying is that although God might decree or will one situation over another, these actual situations in themselves are not what motivates Him to choose one over the other. The whole argument is that there is nothing that God considers outside of Himself that influences Him to will or decree what He does. For instance, God did not elect to save some men and women because of any consideration of their own virtue, evil, faith, good works, etc. These things themselves are the result of God’s own decree. On the contrary, Gill and Scripture teach that everything God decrees and does is for His own glory (Isa. 48:9-11, 43:6-7; Ps. 106:7-8; Ex. 14:4, 17-18, Ezek. 36:22-23; etc.) This is the final and determining “cause” for every motivation, decree, and act of God. Although there may be other streams which flow out from this fountainhead, such as a love for His people, His care for His creation, His kindness, compassion, etc., all of these lesser motivations find their source and center in God’s ultimate desire to glorify Himself. If you plunge the depths of the ocean of God’s will, and you manage to venture down to the absolute and deepest bottom possible, this is what you will find: God’s zeal for His own glory and Name.

So it is at first glance…

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“Limited Atonement” and Eph. 5:5-6

“For this you know with certainty, that no sexually immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.” (Eph. 5:5-6)

While I was thinking over this statement the other morning, I realized that what Paul says here goes against something that is often argued by those who believe that Scripture teaches that Christ suffered and died for every sin of every person who has ever lived. They often argue this by referring to John’s statement that Christ is not only the propitiation for “our” sins, but also the sins of the whole world (1 Jn. 2:2). Although I and many others believe that there are other senses in which we can take this statement by John, most modern readers take this to mean that Christ actually already bore the sins and suffered God’s wrath for the sins of every person, even those who never repent and believe in the work of Christ. Those who make such an argument and have seriously thought through the implications of it realize that it presents tensions with some other statements in Scripture, and most notably the very concept of propitiation

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Were the Puritans and Reformers Cessationists?

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For a while I assumed that most Reformers and conservative Puritans did not believe in prophetical gifts and promptings of the Holy Spirit, but rather only illumination during bible reading or preaching. Although I knew about words of knowledge or prophetical revelations that Spurgeon had, and the appearance of similar gifts in groups such as the Scottish Covenanters and possibly the Moravians, I did not realize that many others in conservative camps also embraced the occurrence and possibility of subjective prophetical revelations of the Holy Spirit apart from, although consistent with, Scripture. Below is an exerpt from Appendix 7 in Wayne Grudem’s The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today. I haven’t read this entire book yet, but am looking forward to getting around to it one day. Enjoy…

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