When I was in Guam a couple of years ago, a precious brother in Christ stated that he had asked many Christians and visiting pastors a question that no one seemed to know the answer to.He wanted to ask me the same question:Why did God create the world and mankind?The answer to this question is fundamental to Christianity and provides a deeper understanding of God's ways, His desires and thoughts.It gives us direction, vision and a personal goal.From Genesis to Revelation, God's love and desire for mankind is revealed and His plan for us is unwavering, ever moving forward to its final conclusion.At the very end of this age, the answer to that question and its eternal outcome will be realized.
So, why did God create the heavens and the earth and everything in it, including mankind?The answer is found in Romans 8:29: "For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren." God is looking for perfect sons and daughters in the image of His Son, Jesus. That's the desire of His heart.It has never changed. It is our destiny.
God carefully laid out His plan for the perfection of the saints in each story and episode in the Old Testament.From Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, to Noah, Moses, David and all the prophets, God painstakingly outlined the path back to righteousness and holiness, the garden of Eden and the mountZion, the mountain of God. When the time was ripe, God unfolded the final stages of His strategy to perfect the saints and bring us back to Him.Jesus was born in the flesh.
The Lord Jesus lived a sinless life, walked in the power of the Holy Spirit and conquered death to show us the way.He rose from the dead bodily.When the Lord returned to heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to live in us and to be with us forever.It is the same Holy Spirit through whom the Lord Jesus performed all the wonderful miracles He did while on earth. That is why the Lord Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father."Jn. 14:12.We have the same Holy Spirit in us. Plus, we have the blood of Jesus to forgive us through repentance, should we sin. After His followers received and was baptized in the Holy Spirit, speaking in strange tongues, they began to walk in power from on high.The church was birthed in miracle power from the throne of God.
Jesus set the standard for all Christians in Mark 16:17-18: "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."God hasn't changed; we have.All of His disciples died horrible deaths, with the possible exception of John, in order to show us that the kingdom of God was more precious than life on earth.
Ever since Jesus returned to heaven, mankind has been in a race to perfection in Christ.That's why the apostle Paul said, "Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?So run, that ye may obtain."1 Co. 9:24.The apostle Paul counted his life on earth nothing worth living for; but rather, perfection in Christ worthy to die for.Phil. 3:8-11.He willingly suffered many things so that he might attain what God had called him into.Phil. 3:12."I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus-minded...."Phil. 3:14-15.The goal that Paul was pressing into, the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, is the same goal for which you and I have been apprehended or created and called into by God.
God not only gave us the Holy Spirit, but also the five-fold ministry to perfect us: "And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ . . . ."Eph. 4:11-14.(Underlining added)
He is also looking for a perfect church that will be the Bride of Christ one day. Eph. 5:25-27; Rev. 19:7-9; 21:2; 22:17. How does God perfect His sons and daughters? Answer - through chastening, scourging, tests, trials and tribulation.Heb. 12:6-7. "For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth."
The coming Tribulation will be the final sifting process of this age. "Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ."1 Pet. 1:5-7."My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."Ja. 1:2-4.(Underlining added)
God did not call us to "bless us, and give us everything we ever wanted in life," as I have heard some Christian leaders preach.He called us to carry our cross so that we might live the life of and be conformed unto the image of Jesus Christ.Gal. 2:20.
God is going to have His perfect sons and daughters and a perfect church, whether we are in it or not.The brother in Guam smiled and said, "Correct."