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Man And God Essay

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What Does the Bible Say? According to the revelation of the Bible, God created the heavens and the earth including everything in them (Rev. 4:11). Through God's creation we can understand something of His eternal power and divine nature (Rom. 1:20). The central item and focus of God's creation is man. When God created man His creation work was finished and complete (Gen. 1:27; 2:1).Why did God Need Man? The Bible mentions two things in Genesis 1:26 which reveal why God needed man. First God created man in His own image. An image is an expression. God's attributes are infinite and exhaustless, yet without a proper environment and situation they cannot be exercised or expressed. Thus God created man in his own image in order that man could be His complete expression.Secondly, God also made man to have dominion. God had already created spiritual beings, the angels, to serve Him (Psa. 104:4). But the leading angel, whom God had made perfect in beauty, became proud and took the lead to rebel against God. This angel is Satan, the source of all evil in the universe ( John 8:44; Rev. 12:9). God disdained to execute judgment on the creature He had made directly by Himself. Instead He created man with a free will with the intention that man would choose to side with God and exercise His authority over His enemy.What Happened? However, before this glorious purpose could be fulfilled, Satan through his deception influenced man to also rebel and sin against God (Gen. 3:1-7). This brought man under God's judgment and death. Man had not only disobeyed God, but man's nature became sinful and rebellious. The reason that all men die is that all have been poisoned by sin. Today rather than expressing God, the whole world expresses the evil nature of Satan. Seemingly Satan has fully thwarted God's purpose for man.So What Did God Do? But God can never be defeated. All His purposes, including His purpose for man, are eternal and must be fulfilled. When man was fully estranged from God because of sin, God Himself became a man, Jesus Christ (John 1:1, 14). As a real man He passed through all the human sufferings and temptations for 33½ years. Then He, the sinless One, suffered God's full judgment for sin. He was without sin but He died on the cross for our sins. We are forgiven by God and reconciled to God simply by believing in Jesus and His substitutionary death for us. But that is not all. After three days He rose from the dead becoming a life-giving Spirit (1 Cor 15:45).What Does This Mean to Us? When we believe into Christ the divine, life-giving Spirit is born into our spirit (John 3:6). Then as much as we allow Him and cooperate with Him He grows in us and lives in us a life that expresses God and overcomes His enemy. Of course, no believer by himself could ever experience or express God to the full. So God desires to build up one new man, a corporate expression of Himself on the...

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