God is the greatest good that ever was, ever will be, and ever can be.
by George Swinnock on March 08, 2022
When we understand the gift of God, we will scorn the highest honors, sweetest delights, and greatest riches, and we will trample upon all the crowns and kingdoms of this world.
The Content of God's Offer
First, we must consider the content of God’s offer. In a word, He offers Himself. He is the greatest good that ever was, ever will be, and ever can be. He is more than heaven and earth. He is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the God of gods, the blessed and glorious Potentate, the first Cause, the original Being, the self-sufficient, the all-sufficient, the absolutely perfect God. He is the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity—to whom a thousand years are but a moment. He is boundless in His being, omnipotent in His power, unsearchable in His wisdom, inconceivable in His grace, and infinite in all His perfections. He dwells in light that is inaccessible. He made all things out of nothing. He supports all things and influences all things. He is all things, and He is infinitely more than all things. He is such a necessary good that we are undone without Him. He is so plentiful a good that we can be perfectly happy in Him (Ps. 144:15). We do not need anything else. He is the heaven of heavens (Ps. 16:11). This God is the well of salvation, the Lord of life, the God of all comfort—a hive of sweetness, paradise of pleasure, and heaven of joy. He is the richest grace, dearest love, surest friend, highest honor, greatest beauty, and fullest joy. God is a good which Christ died to purchase for us (Eph. 2:13; 1 Peter 3:18). Surely, if Christ thought Him worth His blood, He is worthy of our acceptance. God is a universal good—not one good, but all good. He is riches, honors, pleasures, friends, family, health, life, earth, heaven, and infinitely more. He is an eternal good—a good that will stand by us and abide with us when all other good things fail (Ps. 73:25).
The Terms of God's Offer
Second, we must consider the terms of God’s offer. We might think that so boundless a good will cost us a great deal. But all God requires is that we accept Him in His Son. When we take Him for our happiness, we have Him for our happiness. He does not require anything impossible from us. He does not require us to move mountains, calm oceans, or create worlds. He does not require us to satisfy His justice, fulfill His law, or merit His favor. He has done all this for us through His Son. All He desires is that we accept Him as our God in His Son. We must take the true God in Christ for our God, prize Him as our God, love Him as our God, honor Him as our God, and obey Him as our God. When we do, He will be our God forever.
The Ends of God's Offer
Third, we must consider the ends of God’s offer. I do not want you to think that God is urgent for us to accept Him because He has some need of us. It is purely for our eternal good that He offers Himself to us. He does not need our service any more than He needs the service of the damned and demons. Our righteousness does not help Him, and our wickedness does not hurt Him (Job 22:3; 35:2). He offers Himself to us so that He might be bountiful to us. He seeks our good, not His own. The joy of accepting Him or the misery of rejecting Him is ours (Prov. 9:12). It is entirely for our good—that we might escape hell and death and attain heaven and life—that God is pleased to offer Himself to us.
What do you think about God’s offer? Will you take Him as your portion? Is there anything unreasonable in His terms? Does not your eternal happiness depend on your acceptance of Him? You will have an eternal portion—good or bad. If you prefer the world before God and love the creature above Him and please your flesh more than Him, He will rain on you “fire and brimstone, and a horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup” (Ps. 11:6). But if you accept God in His Son (for there is no making God your friend without Christ) for your chief good and happiness—when all your friends leave you, closest relations forsake you, and your flesh and heart fail you—God will be the strength of your portion forever (Ps. 73:26).
Friend, consider what I have said, and may the Lord give you understanding.