Jonathan Edwards on how God is Glorified within Himself

“God is glorified within Himself these two ways:  (1) By appearing….to Himself in His own perfect idea of Himself, or in His Son, who is the brightness of His glory.  (2) By enjoying and delighting in Himself, by flowing forth in infinite….delight towards Himself, or in His Holy Spirit.

So God glorifies Himself toward the creatures also in two ways:  (1) By appearing to…their understanding.  (2) In communicating Himself to their hearts, and in their rejoicing and delighting in, and enjoying, the manifestations which He makes of Himself…..God is glorified not only by His glories being seen, but by its being rejoiced in.  When those that see it delight in it, God is more glorified than if they only see it.  His glory is then received by the whole soul, both by the understanding and by the heart.

God made the world that he might communicate, and the creature receive, His glory; and that it might be received both by the mind and heart.  He that testifies his idea of God’s glory doesn’t glorify God so much as he that testifies also his approbation of it and his delight in it.”

Quoted from “Miscellanies” in the Works of Jonathan Edwards, volume 13.

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