The Chief End of Man

The first question and answer of the Westminster Shorter Catechism is this:

Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever

References:

To Glorify God

Psa 86:9  All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.

Isa 60:21  Your people shall all be righteous; they shall possess the land forever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I might be glorified.

Rom 11:36  For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

1Co 6:20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

1Co 10:31  So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Rev 4:11  “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”

To Enjoy Him Forever

Psa 16:5-11  The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psa 144:15  Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall! Blessed are the people whose God is the LORD! – Psa 16:5-11

Isa 12:2  “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”

Luk 2:10  And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

Rev 21:3-4  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

When I observe the current evangelical environment in America these days, with all of it’s self-centeredness (even while you hear ‘It’s not about us!’), I often wonder if we haven’t got it rather backwards.

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