Before I get into the details of chapter 2 of our training manual (“GOD’S PLAN FOR HIS CHURCH”), we must establish that God’s Ultimate Purpose is that He be glorified and show forth His wisdom to a world that does not know Him. Consider first that God will be glorified among all people (ethnos – people groups).
“All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.” (Psalm 86:9).
“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” (Psalm 96:3).
“Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.” (Revelation 15:4).
How is this going to happen? Paul tells the believers in Ephesus that their purpose “in Christ [was to] be to the praise of His [God’s] glory” (Ephesians 1:12, 14). If God’s Ultimate Purpose is His glory, then that must be the ultimate purpose of His church.
Therefore, the ultimate goal of His Church is not evangelizing, establishing, equipping or expanding, but it is to make known His wisdom to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places and for the earth to be filled with the knowledge of His glory in the church (Ephesians 3:10, 21; Habakkuk 2:14). We will see from Scripture that God’s ultimate purpose and goal is accomplished through His Church by preaching the gospel and revealing His plan to all nations or people groups.
I am looking forward to the day when “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14). What a purpose to live for! What a purpose to let govern everything we do and every function of the church!
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