God’s Original Purpose for Man
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Our God is a God of purpose. Though he does things according to his pleasure, yet He is also meticulous and purposeful in all He does. Even before the fall of man, He had already made the provision in the person of Jesus for the atonement of sins of men, so when Adam and Eve sinned, He was never caught unawares.
In Gen 1:20-25, we see that apart from man, God created animals and every other thing after their kind. Hence, as good as the fishes, whales, fowls, cattle, beast and all the creeping creatures were, the best they could reproduce was such after their kind. They never had the privilege to be made after God’s kind.
In addition to this, these animals of all kinds were blessed by God. They were the first recipients of the blessing of God, even before man. However, there is a need to closely look at the blessings God pronounced on them. This we can see from Gen 1:22: “And God blessed them saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let the fowl multiply in the earth”
We could see that God did not have so much expectation for animals, in comparison to such He had in mind when He created man. Literally speaking, they were only meant to make sure that they keep reproducing and that they should not go into extinction, which was again ensured when God had to preserve some animals in Noah’s ark. There was a measure of pleasure God had after the creation of animals, and the Bible confirmed that “God saw that it was good”.
Any man that must amount to something in God’s hand must first be made by God.
However, in the creation of man, the Trinity was involved.” And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth”
God since the beginning has been actively involved in the MAKING of man. Any man that must amount to something in God’s hand must first be made by God. It’s unfortunate nowadays that many Christians have the ‘GIVE ME’ mentality instead of the ‘MAKE ME’ mentality. Even for the prodigal son, after he told his father to “…GIVE ME…”(Luke 15:12), he later realised, when he came back to his senses that what he needed was to be made, so he said “…MAKE ME…”(Luke 15:19).
In the creation of man, the intention of God was for man first, to be in the image of God. According to 2 Cor 3:18, the image of God signifies his glory. Hence, man was meant to bear the same glory with God. What a privilege! The image of God also signifies the reflection of God, such that when man is beheld, all they see is God. In addition to this, man was also meant to be in the likeness of God. When man was created, he was like God in knowledge, wisdom, power, eternal nature, strength etc., and it was in that realm Adam operated in for him to be able to successfully name all the animals without making mistakes or getting wearied. Even the psalmist could not understand why so much treasure has been deposited in an earthen vessel, and he had to ask: “What is man, that thou art mindful of him?”. As if this was not enough, he was also given dominion over all things.
The image of God also signifies the reflection of God, such that when man is beheld, all they see is God.
In addition to this, one of the things that clearly differentiate man from animals was the manner of blessing God proclaimed on man. According to Gen 1: 28: ” So God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth”.
Taking a closer look at this blessing, we could see that if God’s blessing implies fruitfulness and multiplication, then it is a curse not to be bear fruits and not to multiply (reproducing ones self, by bringing men after God’s kind into his kingdom) and we must see it as such, of which Christ has already come to redeem us from every curse of the law. Also, man, was also blessed in order to replenish the earth. To replenish means to fill something that has previously been empty. After the creation of the heaven and the earth, there was a war in heaven after which Lucifer and his angels were cast to the earth. This explained the Gen 1:2 experience where the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. Man was therefore created to be a restoration and solution to the chaos in the world, which now has the presence of Lucifer. Animals only had the blessing of filling up the earth (to occupy space),
In this blessing also, man was meant to subdue the earth and have dominion over all things. Everything was meant to be under his control on earth. This has always been the purpose of God for man, and even when man fell through Adam, we could still see the manifestation of God’s purpose for man in the person of Christ, showing us an example that we may also walk in the reality of this purpose. Gods plan and purpose for us has not changed since after the fall of man, we must therefore consciously forge in our walk with him to ensure that we do not fall short of the reason He made us. We must therefore keep on pressing toward this mark, that we may lay hold on the reason why he laid hold on us. Shalom!
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Summary Our God is a God of purpose. Though he does things according to his pleasure, yet He is also meticulous and purposeful in all He does. Even before the fall of man, He had already made the provision in the person of Jesus for the atonement of sins of men, so when Adam and Eve sinned, He was never caught unawares.
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