Quiz on your view of God

I found this quiz online this week in my Sermon Prep.  It is from John Piper, one of my favorite teachers of God’s word.  This is a quiz on how you see God.  I am going to put the answers below so don’t cheat.

Q 1: What is the chief end of God?

Q 2: Who is the most God-centered person in the universe?

Q 3: Who is uppermost in God’s affections?

Q 4: Is God an idolater?

Q 5: What is God’s chief jealousy?

Q 6: Do you feel most loved by God because he makes much of you, or because he frees you to enjoy making much of him forever?

John introduces this quiz by saying “I am persuaded that people need to be confronted with how self-exalting God is in this purpose.”  I thoroughly agree.  So often our view of God is that he exists only for our own pleasure.

Here are the right answers to the quiz.

Q 1: What is the chief end of God?
A: The chief end of God is to glorify God and enjoy displaying and magnifying his glory forever.

Q 2: Who is the most God-centered person in the universe?
A: God.

Q 3: Who is uppermost in God’s affections?
A: God.

Q 4: Is God an idolater?
A: No. He has no other gods before him.

Q 5: What is God’s chief jealousy?
A: God’s chief jealousy is to be known, admired, trusted, enjoyed, and obeyed above all others.

Q 6: Do you feel most loved by God because he makes much of you, or because he frees you to enjoy making much of him forever?

How did you do?  I really struggle with Question 6.  I think God is mostly here to do my bidding like a genie in a bottle but I know that is not the case. That is really my personal self-centeredness leaking into my theology.  I must be diligent to be someone who elevates God and not myself.  When I do this, something “rings” true inside of me.  I am able to live the way I was created to be, someone who God has lovingly crafted to be his worshipper.

Here are some passages to consider when you are thinking about God and his purposes from a vantage point that is grounded in the gospel.

•   “He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace” (Ephesians 1:5-6).

•    God created the natural world to display his glory: “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalms 19:1).

•    “You are my servant Israel in whom I will be glorified” (Isaiah 49:3); “. . . that they might be for me a people, a name, a praise, and a glory (Jeremiah 13:11).

•  “He saved them [at the Red Sea] for his name’s sake that he might make known his mighty power” (Psalm l06:7-8); “I have raised you up for this very purpose of showing my power in you, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth” (Romans 9:17).

•   “I acted [in the wilderness] for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations in whose sight I had brought them out (Ezekiel 20:14).

•  [After asking for a king] “Fear not . . . For the Lord will not cast away his people for his great name’s sake (l Samuel 12:20-22).

•  “Thus says the Lord God, It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act [in bringing you back from the exile], but for the sake of my holy name . . . . And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name . . . and the nations will know that I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 36:22-23, 32). “For My own sake, for My own sake, I will act; For how can My name be profaned? And My glory I will not give to another” (Isaiah 48:11).

•  “Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy” (Romans 15:8-9).

•  “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again” (John 12:27, 28).

•  “He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised” (2 Corinthians 5:15).

•   “God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).

•  “I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins” (Isaiah 43:25).

•   “Whoever serves [let him serve], as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified” (1 Peter 4:11).

•   “Immediately an angel of the Lord smote [Herod] because he did not give glory to God” (Acts 12:23).

•  “. . . when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints and to be marveled at in all who have believed (2 Thessalonians l:9-l0).

•  “Father, I desire that they also, whom thou hast given me, may be with me where I am, to behold my glory, which thou hast given me in Thy love for me before the foundation of the world” (John l7:24).

•  “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).

•   “And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the lamb” (Revelation 21:23).