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Being Poured out for God’s Glory, Part Four: The Purpose of the Gospel

The gospel is first and foremost for the glory of God. Verse thirteen shows us that God does this for his good pleasure, but because of his own glorification we are abundantly rewarded. He does this for his enjoyment, and through his abundant joy, we are filled with joy. Because of his self-glorification, our souls have been saved by his gracious act of sending Christ to die for our sins. In verse 13 it says that God does these things for his good pleasure.

“All that God does he does for his pleasure; but since God is wholly good, what pleases him is not capricious but what is wholly good for those he loves. God’s pleasure is pure love; it delights God to delight his people.” (http://www.biblegateway.com/resources/commentaries/IVP-NT/Phil/Application-Final-Appeal-478)

God seeking his good pleasure is something we should rejoice in though. Since God is love, him seeking his good pleasure will result in unimaginable joys for us. By God seeking his good pleasure, we receive unending benefits and rewards. God seeking his good pleasure results in our greatest pleasure.

The gospel first displays the glory of God by demonstrating his gracious love and forgiveness. Secondly, we see the God’s glorification through the gospel as it transforms people’s lives. “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation” (1 Peter 2:12). “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

In verse 15 we find that when God works in us to work out our salvation, his goodness is displayed as a light in the world in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation. We shine as lights in order that others may see, hear, and partake in the glory of God. As our candle burns, we reflect the one that first lit the fuse. This is ultimately why we proclaim the gospel, so that they nations may worship God.

Why then in verse 14 does Paul tell us to “do all things without grumbling or questioning?” It seems as if there are so many more things more important than something as small and insignificant as grumbling and complaining, so why does Paul focus on this?

The first word (goggysmos) is used by Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:10 when he is alluding to Israel grumbling against God (Exodus 16, Numbers 14, 16-17). Their constant grumbling led to their destruction. It was their grumbling that led Moses to strike the rock instead of speaking to it (Numbers 20:2-13). It is the quarreling and murmuring and complaining and rumors that tear apart a church, but it is the gospel that dispels these murmurings.

The Israelites were called to be God’s holy people, separated from the world, yet they complained and grumbled when they became envious of what other people had. Through their grumbling and complaining, they fractured away at their state of holiness and began to look like the surrounding people groups. We see that avoiding complaining is crucial because we slowly begin to look like the rest of the world. Instead of being the Holy nation of Israel, Deuteronomy 32:5 says, “They have dealt corruptly with him; they are no longer his children because they are blemished; they are a crooked and twisted generation.”

Complaining also distracts from the gospel. If all you hear is bickering, then you cannot hear Christ being preached. If we spend our time arguing over what carpets should be put where or who should be allowed inside the church, then we will never have time to proclaim the gospel. How can we complain about anything in light of the sacrifice and suffering Jesus endured and how he redeemed our live? Our problems and pains are nothing compared to what he endured.

We are told that we “shine as lights in the world.” Not only does the gospel give us something to rejoice about, but also it brings joy for the world. The world is encompassed in darkness and God uses us to show them His light. He uses the gospel to light the way.

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  1. May 25, 2010 at 4:20 pm

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