Jesus considered it certain that the chief end of mankind was to find their salvation in the most intimate relation to God and in full obedience to His will. He was further convinced that the purpose of God was directed principally to the bestowal of blessing on men, and not to the mere exaltation of the divine majesty over the world. Hence, in his view, the completed establishment of God as king implied, for those who experienced it, absolute happiness.

— Gustaf Dalman, The Words of Jesus