… human legislation in matters of religion may make hypocrites, but it cannot make Christians.” – Andrew Jackson
Consider the following:
“Cosmic restoration—nothing less adequately describes God’s mission. In fact, God has committed himself not only to re-create his universe to its original, spectacular condition but also—as the Bible’s apocalyptic literature attempts to convey—to display added, inexpressible magnificence in the coming new heaven and new earth. The God of the Bible is a big God, and his mission is a big mission.
God’s mission also concerns micro needs and situations. What happens to an infant, an elderly woman, a child fending for his own in one of the world’s countless urban slums, as well as any nonhuman creature, big or small, falls within God’s deep love and concern. You and I are dependent on God as our provider, counselor, and king. It is in very personal ways that you and I serve God, participate in his mission, and experience his ongoing presence.” (from The Glory of God)
“The goal of theology is the worship of God. The posture of theology is on one’s knees. The mode of theology is repentance.” – Sinclair B. Ferguson
“This is the center of the theology of the Gospels. The cross of Jesus upholds the justice and the mercy of God, glorifying him. The kingdom dawns only because of the death and resurrection of Jesus, because of this definitive display of God’s glory in salvation through judgment. The end of the exile, new exodus, new covenant, and return from exile are all inaugurated by the death and resurrection of Jesus. God’s righteousness is supremely demonstrated, and his mercy is made known. Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.” (James M. Hamilton Jr., God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment: A Biblical Theology, p. 400).
“There is very great delight the Christian enjoys in the sight he has of the glory and excellency of God. How many arts and contrivances have men to delight the eye of the body. Men take delight in the beholding of great cities, splendid buildings, and stately palaces. And what delight is often taken in the beholding of a beautiful face. May we not well conclude that great delights may also be taken in pleasing the eye of the mind in seeing the most beautiful, the most glorious, the most wonderful Being in the world?” (Jonathan Edwards, The Pleasantness of Religion)