Why did God want or need a relationship in the first place? God is all-powerful, knowledgeable, and many other attributes. So why does He need man? He spent endless “time” existing before man. What’s the motivation why God wanted to create man now?
While Scripture does not explicitly answer this question, we can find helpful answers in well-known statements of theology, which are backed by Scripture. For example, the Westminster Confession answers your question as follows:
“What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” God Wanted To Create Man
The Confession cites the following as supporting Scriptures: Psalm 86; Isaiah 60:21; Romans 11:36; 1 Corinthians 6:20, 10:31; Revelation 4:11; Psalm 16:5-11; Psalm 144:15; Isaiah 12:2; Luke 2:10; Philippians 4:4; Revelation 21:3-4. We agree with the Confession here and would add that we believe that God desires a relationship with man so He may be glorified (please refer to above Scriptures) and to allow Him to demonstrate all of His perfect attributes to an audience that can appreciate them. In the demonstration of God’s character through these attributes, we come to know and glorify God. God Wanted To Create Man
For example, Jeremiah 9:23-24 says:
Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NKJV)
23 Thus says the Lord:
“Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
Let not the mighty man glory in his might,
Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;
24 But let him who glories glory in this,
That he understands and knows Me,
That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.
For in these, I delight,” says the Lord.
Notice that God desires us to understand and know Him, and part of this knowledge is in what He does and who He is. If we understand and know someone, we know what they are like, what kind of person they are. God likewise desires a close, intimate relationship with us whereby He can make Himself known. God Wanted To Create Man
God even endures the existence of sinful creatures who were prepared for destruction in order to demonstrate His power, wrath, and justice. Romans 9:22-24 says:
Romans 9:22-24 (NKJV)
22 What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath (unbelievers) prepared for destruction, 23 and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy (believers), which He had prepared beforehand for glory, 24 even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
Of course, this also demonstrates His great love and mercy for us who are called.
So, we see that God desires for us to know Him, to know His character, and to understand Him. We come to know Him as He reveals His personal attributes, including His love, mercy, grace, justice, and wrath. While we may not have a totally clear answer in this life as to why God created us, it’s something to which we can look forward to asking Him in heaven. For our time on this earth, may our Lord God continue to empower us to bring Him glory and honor in everything we do. God Wanted To Create Man
Romans 11:36 (NKJV)
36 For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.
As we’re commanded –
1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV)
31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. God Wanted To Create Man
“The author’s biblical interpretations and conclusions presented in this document rely on original teaching used by permission of Verse By Verse Ministry International (VBVMI). The author’s views may not represent the views of VBVMI, it’s Directors or staff. Original VBVMI teaching may be found at http://www.vbvmi.org.”
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