John Hannah answers one of life’s most penetrating questions in How Do We Glorify God? He surveys the erosion of godlessness in the current post-modern climate and contrasts this condition with the solas of the Reformation: Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone), sola Christus (Christ alone), sola gratia (grace alone), sola fide (faith alone), and soli deo gloria (glory to God alone).
Dr. Hannah discusses the meaning of the glory of God by making an appeal to the first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism: What is the chief end of man? Hannah’s modified answer is, “God’s chief end is to be known in all his glory (which is consistent with the classic answer in the Catechism).
Additionally, the author explains the glory of God in creation. He adds, “The purpose of life derives from God’s desire to see his own glory and behold his own beauty. Thus it is time for Christians to be called back to the truth that the meaning of life is to be found in the glory of God alone.”
Hannah argues that the glory of God is manifest in the physical world and the creation of mankind. And even though the creature has fallen, God is committed to the final restoration of mankind, the “ultimate re-creation of all things,” thus bring glory to God in the final analysis.
The author discusses the glory of God in salvation. He graciously confronts the Arminian notion of synergism, the idea that sinful creatures cooperate with God at the point of salvation. Hannah writes, “If human faith is even in the smallest sense the reason for salvation, there is a place for boasting.” Salvation is pure unmerited grace. God chooses first and is rightly glorified.”
Finally, Dr. Hannah offers practical advice on living to the glory of God; what he calls “the making of a lifestyle.” Followers of Christ who seek to glorify God mortify the flesh and engage in what the Puritans called, “vivification,” which include reading and studying the Word of God, prayer, public worship, fellowship with the saints, and listening to godly counsel. Progressive sanctification “leads to a life of fruit-bearing for Christ.”
How Do We Glorify God? is superb introduction to Reformed spirituality. It is practical and motivating. It is deeply biblical and should receive a wide readership in the church.