New City Catechism #4

Question 4
How and why did God create us?
God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him, and glorify him. And it is right that we who were created by God should live to his glory.

NCC 4 reflects WSC 1’s famous query:

Q:”What is the chief end of man?”
A: “To glorify God and enjoy him forever.”

“God created us male and female in his own image” — God created people, both male and female, to reflect him and to subdue the earth and to fill it (Genesis 1:26-31). Men and women are created in the image of God, and each reflect God’s glory in a particular way according to their maleness and femaleness.

“to know him,” — This doesn’t mean to know of God and merely acknowledge his existence, but to know him and to be in relationship with him — to know what pleases him and to seek to please him in those thing (Deuteronomy 7:9). Knowledge of God can only come by the Spirit of God (Isaiah 11:2).

“love him,” — To know God is to love God (1 John 4:8). Loving God is the first great commandment (Luke 10:27), which is shown to us in the first five commandments (Exodus 20:2-12).

“live with him,” — Adam and Eve walked with God in the garden (Genesis 2-3). The Spirit indwells all believers (Ezekiel 36:37), and God builds his house within his people (John 14:23). We shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23:6). Christ is with us by the Spirit, and by the Spirit we will be with Christ in the flesh in the age to come. (1 Cor 15:12-26).

“and glorify him.” — All things have been created to glorify God — and man has been created to glorify God the greatest (1 Cor 11:2-15). The purpose of man is to glorify God (Isaiah 42:8; 1 Corinthians 6:20).

“And it is right that we who were created by God should live to his glory.” — Because God has created everyone and everything (NCC 2), he has the right to command us in what we should do — all men and all women are morally required to do all things to the glory of God (1 Cor 10:31). Because God created us so that we might glorify and enjoy him forever, it follows that doing so is what brings us the most satisfaction too (Psalm 119:97-104)!

Author Nick Visel

Nick is a member of Veritas Church.

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