Living for God: The Threefold Norm (Van Mastricht)

Van Mastricht, TPT

The Christian is called to glorify God in all areas of life (1 Cor. 10:31).  We should have the same mind as Paul when he said, “Our purpose is to please God…our goal is to please him” (1 Thes. 2:4; 2 Cor. 5:9 NLT).  Another way to say this is that we live for God.  One question arises: how do we learn what pleases God?  How can we know what it means to live for him?  

Petrus Van Mastricht explained this very well and very succinctly (as he usually did!):

“To [attain] that goal [of living for God] let us entirely direct our actions, according to the right norm, which is… threefold: 1) The Word of God (Ps. 119:17; Gal. 6:16).  2) The life of Christ, because of whom we are called Christians.  Christ personally commends his life to us as an example (Matt. 11:29), and Paul professes that he is pursuing it (1 Cor. 11:1).  By this Christ lives in us (Gal. 2:20) and shines in us (2 Cor. 4:10), and also, his life presents the most accurate exemplar for our own.  3) Our own conscience rightly conformed to the Word of God (Acts 24:16) also presents us both with a norm and with a judge subordinate to God.”

Petrus Van Mastricht, Theoretical-Practical Theology, vol 1, page 110.

Shane Lems
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI, 54015

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