The other day I was talking to my brother about God and he brought up an interesting point about how God might be lonely. Now I know that God wouldn’t be lonely with or without humanity, but it got me thinking about the relationship that we had with God before the fall.
They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”Genesis 3:8-9 NASB
In the garden we were able to talk and be with God, in fact we were able to see him face to face. We had a real relationship with God in the garden, but when we fell we lost that relationship. And truly that is the entire story of the Bible, the efforts of God to reconnect with His creation and our continual rejection of His attempts. And if you have read the book of Judges you know exactly what I am talking about. Over and over again the Israelites would be forgiven for their sin and brought back to God, but then would eventually leave Him again.
So God revealed His Son, Jesus, so that we could finally return to Him. And what exactly does God require from us that can point to the purpose of Jesus?
And He said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart , and with all your soul , and with all your mind .’ This is the great and foremost commandment.Matthew 22:37-38 NASB
When asked about what the greatest commandment was, Jesus stated that it was to love God with all our hearts, soul, and mind. And so you might ask, why out of all the things in this world, does God say that loving him is the most important thing? You might say that it is because He just wants our love for His own satisfaction, but I would counter by saying that the whole purpose of humanity, is that we love God, but that God would love us as well. And God never asks us to do something that He wouldn’t also do. For example, the death of His Son Jesus.
He said, “Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”Genesis 22:12 NASB
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.John 3:16 NASB
So we know that God had asked Abraham to sacrifice his son to God, but then he told Abraham to stop and that it was only a test. Yet God actually did sacrifice His only Son on the cross for all of humanity. He wanted to make sure that Abraham was worthy of His love and promise. And in the same way we become worthy of a relationship to God if we do what Adam didn’t.
For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.Genesis 3:5-6 NASB
See in the beginning, Adam left God because he didnt have faith in Him. Adam didn’t trust God and he didn’t love God with all his heart, soul, and mind. And it is so telling that faith and love are the very things that God requires from us. And that is why our righteousness is based on our faith. Because it was a lack of faith that brought about unrighteousness.
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “But the righteous man shall live by faith .”Romans 1:17 NASB
And not only is the purpose of Jesus to bring us back to loving God, but that we may also receive God’s love as well.
But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:37-39 NASB
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