The rationale for the chief end of man ???

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Puritanhead

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"Q: What is the chief end of man? A: Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever."

Why is man's chief end to glorify God and to enjoy him forever?

Any thoughts? Scriptural precedents? Any thoughts of theological authorities perhaps?
 

jaybird0827

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Originally posted by Puritanhead
"Q: What is the chief end of man? A: Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever."

Why is man's chief end to glorify God and to enjoy him forever?

Any thoughts? Scriptural precedents? Any thoughts of theological authorities perhaps?

I think you might find The Confession of Faith helpful.

See chapter III, Of God's Eternal Decree, especially sections 5 and 7 and proof texts.

God is glorified in both the salvation of the elect and the damnation of the reprobate. That's at least part of the answer.
 

Peter

Puritan Board Junior
happiness ----> glorification of God --------> happiness (?)
happiness = glorifying and enjoying God (?)

How is happiness connected to man's cheif end?
 

R. Scott Clark

Puritan Board Senior
Historically, this sentence is rooted in the 16th century. It was common to Calvinism from it's beginning.

Theologically, it's grounded in creation. We were created, in the words of the Heidelberg, to "heartily love" God and "to live with him in etenal blessedness."

Adam was placed in a probationary state. Had he sustained the probation he would have entered into this eschatological (final) blessedess for which he was intended.

Jesus, the last/second Adam, as our federal head, did complete the probation and did earn that blessedness. Hebrews testifies that he has entered into this blessedness and so shall we at death or his return, which ever happens first.

Thus, our chief end, i.e., principal purpose in existence has been since the beginning, to do willingly and joyfully what God says, to recognize him alone as God, to acknowledge his uniqueness and sacredness and live as image-bearers and to enjoy his love, approval, and pleasure in that blessed state of confirmed obedience.

For righteous and sinless Adam it was to come by works (WCF 7:2) so it comes to us sinners by grace through receiving and resting on Jesus (WCF 11:1) and in his perfect obedience for us.

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