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Made for Worship

George Swinnock on Our Great End:


Now the great end to which man is designed by God, is the exercising himself to godliness. God erected the stately fabric of the great world for man, but he wrought the curious piece of the little world [man] for himself. Of all his visible works he did set man apart for his own worship. Man. saith one, is the end of all in a semicircle , intimating that all things in the world were made for man, and man was made for God. . . .

The great God, according to his infinite wisdom hath designed all his creatures to some particular ends, and hath imprinted in their natures an appetite and propensity towards that end, as the point and scope of their being. Yea, the very inanimate and irrational creatures are serviceable to those ends and uses in there several places and stations. . . . Surely much more is man, the point in which all those lines meet, designed to some noble end, suitable to the excellence of his being; and what can that be, but to worship the glorious and blessed God, and the exercising himself to godliness?

“The Lord made all things for himself.” God made things without life and reason to serve him passively and objectively, by administering occasion to man to admire and adore his Maker; but man was made to worship him acutely and affectionately, as sensible of, and affected with, that divine wisdom, power and goodness which appear in them. As all things are of him as the efficient cause, so all things must necessarily be for him as the final cause. But man is an special manner is predestined and created for this purpose: “Thou art mine; I have created him for my glory; I have formed him, yea, I have made him.” There is both the author and the end of our creation: the author, “I have created him;” the end, “for my glory” . . . .

Man is made as a glass, to represent the perfections that are in God. A glass can receive the beams of the sun into it, and reflect them back again to the sun. The excellencies of God appear abundantly in his works; man is made to be the glass where these beams of divine glory should be united and received, and also from him reflected back to God again.

—George Swinnock, Trading and Thriving in Godliness: The Piety of George Swinnock, ed. J. Stephen Yuille (Reformation Heritage Books, 2008), 69–70.

Posted 2010·10·14 by David Kjos
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