“In Christ, justice and mercy embrace, suffering is the road to glory, the cross points to a crown, and the timber of the cross becomes the tree of life.
The end toward which all things are being led by the providence of God is the establishment of His kingdom, the revelation of His attributes, the glory of His name (Rom. 11:32–36; 1 Cor. 15:18; Rev. 11:15; 12:10).”
–Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics: God and Creation, Vol. 2, Ed. John Bolt, and Trans. John Vriend (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2004), 2: 618.