1 John 2:12

“I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for His name’s sake.”

Why does John say we are forgiven? For His name’s sake. What does that mean? Edwards, in looking at Isaiah 48:11 (For My own sake, for My own sake I do it, for how should My name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another) says: “Which is as much as to say, I will obtain My end; I will not forego My glory…. It is pretty evident here, that God’s name and His glory… seem to intend the same thing….”

Saved then, for God’s glory? More Edwards:

“There it must cheifly consist in giving due respect to that Being to whom most is due; for God is infinitely the most worthy of regard. The worthiness of others is as nothing to His; so that to Him belongs all possible respect. To Him belongs the whole of the respect that any intelligent being is capable of. To Him belongs ALL the heart. Therefore, if moral rectitude of heart consists in paying the respect of the heart which is due, or which fitness requires infinitely the greatest regard to be paid to God; and the denying of supreme regard here would be a conduct infinitely the most unfit. Hence it will follow, that the moral rectitude of the dispostition, inclination, or affection of God CHIEFLY consists in a regard to HIMSELF, infinitely above His regard to all other beings, or in other words, HIS HOLINESS CONSISTS IN THIS.”

Which is to say, that the God of this universe is infinitely worthy and valuable. He is far, far above our thoughts and our ways. He created us to glory in this. We are to love Him with our whole hearts. Because, precisely because in His holiness and perfection, His goodness and beauty, His brilliance and love He is most singularily worthy of praise. And He too attributes infinite worth to that which is infinitely valuable. Which is why He too is motivated by being glorified.

One of my favorite passages of Scripture is Ezekial 36:22-32:

“Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Lord God, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God. And I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. And I will summon the grain and make it abundant and lay no famine upon you. I will make the fruit of the tree and the increase of the field abundant, that you may never again suffer the disgrace of famine among the nations. Then you will remember your evil ways, and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves for your iniquities and your abominations. It is not for your sake that I will act, declares the Lord God; let that be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel.

He gives us a new heart – not for our sake (let that be known to you!!!) but for His glory. Isreal made Him look bad to the other nations. They went whoring after other gods, and God did not look supremely valuable. And so, that He might be glorified, He restores them. And He restores us, and forgives us, that He alone might be praised for it. Praised, that so great a God would condescend to reach out to man. So great a God, that Christ would be willing to be made lower than the angels. So great a God, that He would die to free us from the curse of death. So, So very great a God.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Steve
    Jul 23, 2008 @ 13:35:47

    Ezekial 36:26 is my life verse, that I picked up in college.

    A word study on the word “glory” is really interesting. I have come to understand that the word means “to reveal the character of God”, to reveal God, and who He is.

    Try replacing the word glory, whenever you read it in the Bible in that sense… it opened a door of understanding for me.


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