by Glen H. Jones
God's greatest gift to humanity is Himself. Piper examines this thesis and concludes that the eternal purpose of God has been to redeem humanity to bring glory to Himself. The good news is that the Creator brought humanity into His creation to be an emblem of His sovereign grace.
But how do we behold the Creator? The Apostle Paul tells us that the creation light that shone out of darkness is the same "light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Cor. 4:6b).
God's eternal purpose was accomplished through His Son, the Person of the Godhead who was born into the world, lived a perfect life, and was resurrected to live forever. God did not redeem us because we had some innate goodness; he predestined us by his eternal wisdom to be conformed to the image of His Son. Our salvation was not to make us feel good about ourselves, but was to birth new creations that would reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. "The ultimate good of the gospel is seeing and savoring the beauty and value of God" (p. 56).
We believers know we have experienced God within because of the witness of the Holy Spirit. We are assured of this transformation into the image of God by the inner conviction of God's Holy Spirit. This assurance does not come from the church or baptism or by Scripture alone. "The testimony of the Spirit is more excellent than all reason. For as God alone is a fit witness of Himself in His Word, so also the Word will not find acceptance in men's hearts before it is sealed by the inward testimony of the Spirit" (p. 78).
The concluding section of this book lists several older hymns that speak of the wonder and awe of the majesty and work of God as revealed in Himself and in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
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