The Beauty of God and Its Derivatives

If the Triune God is the paradigm of beauty, all other things in this universe derive their beauty from him.

This means that this world is beautiful, despite the horrors of human sin and fallenness that we have seen this past week.

And to long to see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ is not only an eschatological passion that should grip our souls but is something that we can experience in the here and now—in his Word, among his people, and in his creation.

And does this not mean that the longing for that beatific vision of the Triune God in the face of Christ cannot simply entail a turning away from this sin-sick world? Is it not the glory of God in this world—yes, experienced imperfectly because of the Fall—that drives in part my longing to see that glory in the world to come?