New City Catechism #6

Question 6
How can we glorify God?
We glorify God by enjoying him, loving him, trusting him, and by obeying his will, commands, and law.

Much like WSC 1,

Q: What is the chief end of man?
A: The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.

this question and answer strikes at the heart of Christian living. If a Christian is to live and glorify God as they have been designed to (NCC #4), they must do it by enjoying him, loving him, trusting him, and by obeying him. It then follows that we also must enjoy and love obeying God’s will, commands, and law itself. Christians, through sanctification, do grow in actual love and enjoyment of God and his law.

“We glorify God” – The Christian life truly is one of glorifying God. Christians live to glorify God (Isaiah 48:9-11; Ephesians 1:11-12)

“by enjoying him,” – The battle of every person’s life, and ultimately which can only be won by the Christian who triumphs in Christ, is to enjoy life (Ecclesiastes 8:15). The fullest expression of this is enjoying the God who created it (Psalm 37:4). It is joy in God that is at the root of Christian happiness and living.

“loving him,” – For how could a person not love the God they truly enjoy (1 Peter 1:8)? Love is not weakness; it is God’s being . Therefore, the Christian must love him from whom all love flows (1 John 4:8-12).

“trusting him,” – The Christian life is built upon faith, that personal trust in Jesus by which we are justified (Ephesians 2:8-10, Galatians 3:8, Romans 5:1-2). The original design of man was to trust God (Psalm 28:7). Jesus Christ in his humanity trusted God. God is faithful, and our trust in him resonates with this. The Christian’s trust, placed in Christ, shall never be misplaced. (Psalm 9:10, Psalm 13:5, Psalm 20:7)

“and by obeying his will, commands, and law” – If a person enjoyed God, loved God, and trusted God, this would follow by necessity (Matthew 22:34-40). The first five commandments are given to us that we may know how what it means to love and trust God. The first great commandment is to love God (Matthew 22:36-38). If we love God, we will obey his commandments (John 14:15). Obedience to his commandments glorifies him, and God is most glorified in our obedience when we do it joyfully (Psalm 119:16), out of a trusting love for him.

Nick Visel

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