Please forward this error screen to 208. What is the oration on the dignity of man pdf end of man?
Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever. Here are two ends of life specified. The glorifying of God, 1 Pet. That God in all things may be glorified. The glory of God is a silver thread which must run through all our actions. Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
When we speak of God’s glory, the question will be moved, What are to understand by God’s glory? There is a twofold glory: 1. The glory that God has in himself, his intrinsic glory. Glory is essential to the Godhead, as light is to the sun: he is called the “God of glory.
Godhead, that God cannot be God without it. The glory which is ascribed to God, or which his creatures labour to bring to him. 16:29, “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name. 6:20, “Glorify God in your body, and in your spirit. The glory we give God is nothing else but our lifting up his name in the world, and magnifying him in the eyes of others. 1:20, “Christ shall be magnified in my body. What is it to glorify God?
Glorifying God consists in four things: 1. This is the yearly rent we pay to the crown of heaven. To glorify God is to set God highest in our thoughts, and, to have a venerable esteem of him. Thou, Lord, art most high for evermore. Psalm 97:9, “Thou art exalted far above all gods. Glorifying God consists in adoration, or worship.
Lord in the beauty of holiness. There is a twofold worship: 1. A civil reverence which we give to persons of honour. 23:7, “Abraham stood up and bowed himself to the children of Heth. Piety is no enemy to courtesy. A divine worship which we give to God as his royal prerogative.