God is pleased to give us life
God is pleased to give us life so that we can become an offering of praise to his glory.
Published September 2nd, 2016
God intends for us to know the truth. He is behind everything good that comes to us for the praise of his glorious grace. This marvelous truth stirs up inexpressible love and joy in us which we offer back to him in praise. Thus this exchange of good gifts and praise of his glory continue eternally.
Main point summary
The ultimate good and perfect gift from God is our new birth brought about by the word of truth. This new life becomes an offering to God for the praise of his glory.
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.
Let me be absolutely clear, my dear brother and sisters.
z Every good gift
and every perfect gift is from above,
and perfect is a gift
coming down from a the Father of lights
coming to us from God our Father who spoke the universe into existence
b with whom there is no variation
and sustains it at all times
or shadow due to change. 1
and in all ways for his glory.
c Of his own will he d brought us forth
According to the good pleasure of his will he caused us to be born again
by the word of truth,
by means of the gospel
e that we should be a kind of f firstfruits of his creatures.
so that we can become an offering of praise to his glory.
Jeremiah 2:3 Israel was holy to the LORD, the firstfruits of his harvest.
Ephesians 1:5-6 In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.