God rescues you so that you would know and rejoice in his love forever and ever—flourishing in it and being changed by it.
I am convinced that… neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)
What did God have in mind when he sent his Son into the world? So that you would sin less? Is that God’s ultimate purpose? It’s more than that. So that you would serve more? So that you would pray more? So that you would give more? So that you would be willing to go to the mission field? It’s more than that. So that you would get out of hell and get into heaven?
When we ask about God’s ultimate purpose, we get a clue to the answer by looking at the end of Romans 8. Remember, this is the great chapter in the Bible about how God rescues sinners. It begins with Christ removing sin’s condemnation. It continues with the Spirit breaking sin’s power. How does it end?
God’s rescue ends with God’s people rejoicing in God’s love forever. That’s what we are saved for! God’s rescues you so that you would know and rejoice in his love forever and ever—flourishing in it and being changed by it.
The Westminster Catechism teaches the Christian faith using questions and answers. The first question asks: “What is the chief end of man?” Here’s the answer: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.” This is the ultimate end of the gospel!
What does knowing the reason behind God’s desire to save you mean to you?