Edwards: God’s End in Creating the World

God’s end in the creation of the world consists in these two things, viz. to communicate himself and to glorify bimself. God created the world to communicate himself, not to receive anything. But such was the infinite goodness of God that it was his will to communicate himself, to communicate of his own glory and happiness; and he made the world to glorify himself, [as it is] fit that God should glorify himself. These two things ought [not] to be separated when we speak of God’s end in the creation of the world, as the assembly of divines in speaking of the chief end for which man was created have judiciously united glorifying and enjoying {God}.

-Jonathan Edwards, Sermons and Discourses, 1743-1758. As recorded in Owen Strachan, “Always in God’s Hands: Day by Day in the Company of Jonathan Edwards,” 254.

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