God’s Sovereignty/God’s Glory/Our Good

Sovereignty Triangle

This illustration is inspired by what I read in the book Trusting God by Jerry Bridges. It’s a wonderful, life-changing book that I read during a very stressful time in my life. Here is a quote related to the illustration:

[God’s] sovereignty is exercised primarily for His glory. But because you and I are in Christ Jesus, His glory and our good are linked together. Because we are united with Christ, whatever is for His glory is also for our good. And whatever is for our good is for His glory.

God’s Sovereignty (TNIV for all these):

Isaiah 45:7
I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.

Psalm 135:6
The Lord does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths.

Exodus 4:11
The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord?

God’s Glory:

John 9:2-3
His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

Isaiah 40:3-5
A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. 5 And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Revelation 4:11
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

Our Good:

Romans 8:28-30
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

I hope those who are color inclined can appreciate the text’s secondary colors that correspond to the triangle’s primary colors.

3 Responses to “God’s Sovereignty/God’s Glory/Our Good”

  1. 1 TC

    Jeff, when I discovered the truth of the sovereignty of God in all things for His glory, my life has never been the same.

    My worldview was turned upside down for the better.

  2. 2 Matthew R. Malcolm

    Great quote from a great book… What I think is especially worthwhile is the way he gets at the heart of salvation – as being union with Christ – Christ shares his death, his resurrection, his present hiddenness, and his future glory with those who belong to him. It’s such a humbling truth.

  3. 3 Scripture Zealot

    Thanks for the comments. The only other book of his that I read was The Pursuit of Holiness which I read about 100 years ago. After reading this one I would like to read more. I have I Will Follow You O God to read at some point. The Disciplines of Grace looks very interesting.

    I think something needs to be added to the illustration to link it all together to being in Christ.

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