Is God an Egomaniac?

Philippians 2:9–11


In this lab, John Piper shows us that the purpose for Jesus’s work on the cross and subsequent resurrection is not merely that he loved humanity. The bloody Son and the empty tomb proclaim that God loves his glory.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 2:9–11:

  1. If everything God does is for his own glory and if he commands that everything we do be for his glory, is God an egomaniac? Why or why not?
  2. What is the ultimate purpose of the life, death, resurrection, and exaltation of Jesus Christ as argued in Philippians 2:11?
  3. Is God being about his own glory good news for humanity? Why or why not?

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Principle for Bible Reading

Subordinating Relationship

Sentences and paragraphs are filled with different parts (clauses, phrases, etc) connected by words called conjunctions (and, so, because, for, therefore, etc).

A subordinating relationship simply means that one piece of a sentence or paragraph supports the other in some way. The pieces are not on the same plane; one statement holds up the other. The main piece, or main point, is the one being held up by the lower or subordinating piece.

In Philippians 2:9–11, the great reality being exalted is that the Son’s work is to the glory of the Father.