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The Chief End of Man

Hugh Binning 1Hugh Binning:

“Of him, and through him, and to him, are all things; to whom be glory for ever.” (Romans 11:36)

“Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)

We have read two scriptures, which speak to the ultimate and chief end of man, which is the glorifying of God by all our actions and words and thoughts. In which we have these things of importance: 1. That God’s glory is the end of our being. 2. That God’s glory should be the end of our doing. And, 3. The ground of both these; because both being and doing are from him, therefore they ought to be both for him. He is the first cause of both, and therefore he ought to be the last end of both. ‘Of him, and through him, are all things;’ and therefore all things are also for him, and therefore all things should be done to him. . . .

Dependence is the proper notion of a created being,—dependence upon that infinite independent Being, as the first immediate cause, and the last immediate end. You see then that this principle is engraved in the very nature of man. It is as certain and evident that man is made for God’s glory, and for no other end, as that he is from God’s power, and from no other cause. (“The Common Principles of the Christian Religion”)

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