. . . everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.
Why do we exist? What’s the meaning of life? Or as Jonathan Edwards titled his essay: “The end [goal] for which God created the world.” These aren’t trivial questions. Far from it! If we ignore them, we disregard the reason for our existence and only end up in confusion and chaos, as is so obvious in this world. So, what’s God’s goal? Why did He create?
There are two primary ways in which to consider these questions. First of all, we can consider it in relation to everyone and everything. Secondly, we can consider it more particularly in relation to all the saved ones. While both have the same end—God’s glory—they manifest and highlight it in a vastly different manner. Today’s verse stands in relation to “everyone who is called by my name”—all the saved ones throughout history.
What does it mean that we, believers in Jesus Christ, have been created for His glory? The answer stands in relation to the reason man has been created in the first place. In Genesis we read: “The God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness’” (Gen. 1:27). Man was created to image forth God. We were made to reflect His likeness in all our being and doing.
While sin seemed to have prevented and perverted God’s design, God already had a perfect restoration: “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers” (Rom. 8:29). Salvation is not only the restoration of God’s image in all the saved ones, it also secures its final end: “And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified” (Rom. 8:30). Salvation is the guarantee that we will be conformed to Jesus.
How does that happen? Jesus gave us the best illustration: “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). All the saved ones are “in Christ”—in the Vine. They receive all life, growth, and fruitfulness from Him. As a result, they show forth the quality of His life. While now it’s imperfect, in glory there will be a perfect likeness: “As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness” (Ps. 17:15).
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