God’s Highest Goal Is His Own Glory! (time for a great quote)

09 Jun


I just watched a message by Andy Stanley in his series entitled “Canvas.”FirefoxScreenSnapz632 It was so good I immediately ordered the dvd when I got home from church.  You can order the dvd here, if you are interested.

I think Stanley did a terrific job of challenging our tendency to make ourselves the center of our universe.  It sounds egocentric to say that God’s highest goal is to glorify Himself.   Stanley used the following quote by J.I. Packer to defend that biblical truth:

FirefoxScreenSnapz633“If it is right for man to have the glory of God as his goal, can it be wrong for God to aim at the same goal? If man can have no higher end and motive than God’s glory, how can God? And if it is wrong for man to seek a lesser end than this, then it would be wrong for God too. The reason why it cannot be right for man to live for himself, as if he were God, is simply the fact that he is not God; and the reason why it cannot be wrong for God to seek His own glory is simply the fact that He is God. Those who would not have God seek His glory in all things are really asking that He should cease to be God. And there is no greater blasphemy than to will God out of existence.” (J.I. Packer in The Plan of God found at


Posted by on June 9, 2014 in God's glory


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3 responses to “God’s Highest Goal Is His Own Glory! (time for a great quote)

  1. mcbar02

    June 9, 2014 at 8:52 am

    This “God-centeredness” (John Piper) of God is at the center of our focus on the mission of God at CIU. I think I will post this one on the blog site. As much as we teach and learn about the fact that God is a missionary God (John Stott) we still fall back into that habit of Israel–stealing God’s glory from him for our purposes. Good post Dr. Dixon!

    • Dr. Larry Dixon

      June 9, 2014 at 9:29 am

      Thanks so much for the comment, Mike. It would be interesting to ask in what many ways do we attempt, even as Christian leaders, to put ourselves in the center? Blessings. Larry

  2. keijo

    June 26, 2014 at 8:01 am

    God with great love over us to his own glory by us to praise him in salvation for victory in Jesus blood and be born of the Holy Spirit with wonderful promises of God in the bible to take towrad and win in thanksgiving heart in grace ,thanks and bless and pray,keijo sweden


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