Enjoying God’s Beatific Beauty: An Interview with Kyle Strobel
Authors on the Line
“How good is God,” wrote Jonathan Edwards, “that he has created man for this very end, to make him happy in the enjoyment of himself, the Almighty, who was happy from the days of eternity in himself … that he might make them blessed in the beholding of his excellency, and might this way glorify himself.”
A more profound sentence can hardly be found outside of the Bible. That we were created to enjoy God now and for all eternity is a profound discovery only out-profounded by the discovery that God delights in himself and has delighted in himself for eternity.
Wading into these waters is Jonathan Edwards scholar Kyle Strobel. In his new book Jonathan Edwards’s Theology: A Reinterpretation (T&T Clark, 2013) he writes, “[Jonathan] Edwards depicts God’s life as the mutual beholding of infinite beauty. God created humanity that another being might partake in God’s goodness and delight” (151).
This beatific vision — of the Father beholding and delighting in the Son for all eternity — is both profound eternal reality of God’s triune nature, and it’s also an open door for adopted children of God as we anticipate the day we feast our eyes and souls on the person of Christ for ourselves (1 John 3:2). This beatific beauty of God changes everything about theology, how we live our lives now as Christians, and what we anticipate forever in eternity.
And it’s the subject of the new Authors on the Line podcast with Strobel [get the transcript here (PDF)].
Subscribe to Authors on the Line podcast in iTunes here.
© 2015 Desiring God Foundation. Distribution Guidelines
Share the Joy! You are permitted and encouraged to reproduce and distribute this material in physical form, in its entirety or in unaltered excerpts, as long as you do not charge a fee. For posting online, please use only unaltered excerpts (not the content in its entirety) and provide a hyperlink to this page. For videos, please embed from the original source. Any exceptions to the above must be approved by Desiring God.
Please include the following statement on any distributed copy: By John Piper. ©2015 Desiring God Foundation. Website: desiringGod.org