It is natural after we hear the gospel preached to ask “why did God chose to redeem us?”
The answer is given great prominence in catechisms, but is so often lost to our distant thoughts, and scripture weaves the answer so extensively throughout its pages that we often “read over” it.
The reason for redemption is that we have been chosen for the glory of God so that we may proclaim His praises as a royal and holy priesthood. As A.W. Tozer put it, “Jesus was born of a virgin, suffered under Pontius Pilate, died on the cross and rose from the grave to make worshippers out of rebels!”
Unfortunately, anyone listening in on what Christians are saying today would run a far better chance of thinking that God’s purpose in redemption was to give us healthy, prosperous lives, than that His purpose for us is to be instruments of praise!
There is no reason for a god of health and prosperity to reveal himself to us in such intimate ways as the God of Heaven has chosen to; the god of health and prosperity would have no reason to dwell in us, nor to enlighten our hearts with the light of Christ. But that is what our Father has done; He dwells in us, and among us, and He gives His only begotten Son as a light to enlighten our hearts and drive away the darkness!
God wants us to come close to Him and know Him because we are His priests, appointed to declare His praises from generation to generation.
If you read the scriptures you will find that we are appointed to proclaim the praises of His great wonders, of His judgments, of who He is, and of His great mercies, grace, and love! It follows that God does not want mere academic acclaim to these praises, as we get when we merely read about them in a book, He wants praises that flow from those who have encountered the glory of each one of these aspects of God, and turn around and praise Him for them!
Do you know your Father? Are you fit and able to proclaim His praises forever and ever?