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New City Catechism – Week #3

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5. What else did God create?

My two favorite parts of the answer to this question are:

  • by his powerful Word” – God created through the word and the Word, through speech and through Christ. Hebrews says that Christ upholds all things by the word of His power. Christ actively sustains, upholds, undergirds, and preserves all things. Every molecule, every cell, every creature, every breath, every star, all exist because He wants them to.
  • everything flourished under his loving rule” – “Flourish” is such a beautiful, majestic word. It brings to mind the blooming of a flower or the elegance of a brushstroke. Under God’s rule, all things find their telos (their end or ultimate purpose). God’s rule does not bind us or constrict us, it makes us come alive. Only under His authority and in His presence can we thrive.

6. How can we glorify God?

In Question #4, we saw that “it is right that we who were created by God should live to his glory.” Here in Question #6, we find how we are to do so. I don’t have much to comment on this question except to say that glorifying God is an individual and corporate activity. We glorify Him in our unity, in our covenants, and in our community. We also glorify Him in our callings, our passions, our faith and our righteousness.