The Most Excellent of All Beings

“The worth and excellency of a soul is measured by the object of its love” – Henry Scougal

If Henry Scougal is right – that the worth and excellency of a soul is measured by the object and intensity of its love – then God is the most excellent and worthy of all beings. For he has loved his Son, the image of his own glory, with infinite and perfect energy from all eternity How glorious and happy have been the Father and the Son and the Spirit of love flowing between them from all eternity! Let us then stand in awe of this great God! And let us turn from all the trivial resentments and fleeting pleasures and petty pursuits of materialism and merely human “spirituality.” And let us be caught up into the gladness that God has in the glory of his son, who is the radiance and image of his Father. There is coming a day when the very pleasure that the Father has in the Son will be in us and will be our own pleasure. May God’s enjoyment of God – unbounded and everlasting – flow into us even now by the Holy Spirit! This is our glory and our joy.

-John Piper, The Pleasures of God, p. 30-31

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