If it be man's chief end to glorify God and enjoy Him for ever, then man has attained his end, the sole purpose for which he was made, the entire object for which he exists, when he enters into communion with God, abides in His presence, streaming out to Him in all the emotions, I do not say appropriate to a creature in the presence of his Maker and Lord, apprehended by him as the Good Lord and Righteous Ruler of the souls of men, but appropriate to the sinner who has been redeemed by the blood of God's own Son and is inhabited by His Spirit and apprehends his Maker as also his Saviour, his Governor as also his Lover, and knows the supreme joy of him that was lost and is found, was dead and is alive again, -- and all, through the glory of God's seeking and saving love. He who attains to this experience has attained all that is to be attained. he is absorbed in the beatific vision. He that sees God shall be like Him.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Absorbed in the Beatific Vision
B.B. Warfield, "Prayer as Practice," in Faith and Life, p. 439: