In the beginning, God created… The Bible gives us a small glimpse into creation, but not a lot of details. We know that God created the earth and everything in it, including us. But why? For what purpose did God create Adam and Eve, put them in a beautiful and perfect garden, only to have them disobey His only command bringing sin and death into the world? While we don’t find a lot of answers in the book of Genesis regarding why God created man in the first place, the Scriptures in their entirety share God’s amazing plan for us… a plan He put into motion before time itself began.
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The Bible gives us many reasons as to why God chose to create us, and here are just a few of them:
- God created us to be sons and daughters. (Isaiah 43:6-7)
- We were created in the image of God and were designed to have dominion over the all the earth. (Genesis 1:26)
- God’s intent was for His people to display His wisdom to the “rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 3:10-11)
- We were created from Him, through Him, and for Him. (Romans 11:36)
- We were created to do good works that He has prepared for us. (Ephesians 2:10)
- God takes pleasure in His creation and longs to bring us salvation. (Psalm 149:4)
The truth is that God wanted to create us. It gave Him great pleasure to do so. And because we know that God is love, we also know that He created us in His love.
So let’s go back to the garden where it all began – when sin and death entered God’s perfect creation for the first time.
Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” – Genesis 3:13-15 (NIV, emphasis added)
Jesus was always part of the plan. Not only was He present at Creation, but the Bible says that all things were made through Him (John 1:1-5). And as Adam and Eve dealt with the repercussions of their sin, God prophesied a blessed hope. “He will crush your head and you will strike his heel.”
Most scholars believe this to be the first Messianic prophecy found in Scripture. But even more than that, it prophesies an amazing hope for the redemption of mankind.
He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. – 2 Timothy 1:9-10 (NIV, emphasis added)
Notice how this passage reminds us that God’s grace was extended before the beginning of time. Jesus was more than a backup plan. He wasn’t an afterthought. When Adam sinned, God wasn’t sitting in heaven thinking, “Uh oh… now what?” He knew what would happen in the garden that day.
What amazes me most is that our Creator still chose to create us knowing we would sin. He knew that our hearts would be deceitful and would need to be made clean in Christ Jesus. He knew that by creating us, He would have to come in the flesh and die on a cross to bring about our redemption…. and He still decided that we would be worth the effort.
Our heavenly Father looked forward to you and me and said, “Yes, they will be worth the cross.”
Before the world began, our Messiah began His mission to create a people who would one day be part of the family of God.
This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God—who does not lie—promised them before the world began. – Titus 1:2 (NLT)
*Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.