The Five Solas
Why is God’s glory the ultimate goal of all His work? The short answer is that God wanted it that way. This was his plan from eternity. This was his purpose and design in creation and in all of history and in all the work of redemption. God created, sustains, governs, and saves in such a way as to reveal his glory. That’s his goal.
It all began with his purpose in creation: “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1). That’s what they are for. “Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made” (Isaiah 43:6–7).
Then this purpose in creation extends to everything God does: “God works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:11–12). “From him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:36).
And the central story in everything he does is the story of redemption. And Paul tells us that all of it is “in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory” (Romans 9:23). “Christ became a servant . . . in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy” (Romans 15:9). “Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God” (Romans 15:7).
God planned all creation, all history, all redemption for his glory. And, lest it not be obvious, Isaiah quotes God himself that it is all ultimately to his glory alone: “I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols” (Isaiah 42:8). “The haughty looks of man shall be brought low, and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled, and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.” (Isaiah 2:11)
This universe and everything in it is mainly about the glory of God. This is the great reason for all created existence, including yours. If someone asks you, “Why is there such a meaningless, vastness of uninhabited galaxies and only one tiny dot of human existence?” your answer should be: “This universe is not intended to portray the importance of man. It is intended to give man some inkling of the grandeur of God. And it is an understatement.”
The Five Solas