We are studying from a book called King of Glory in our youth group and several weeks back, one of the youth asked a very intriguing question: Why would God create humans if He knew that man would sin against Him? I often thought that same question to myself – what was the purpose of creating mankind and the human race if God already knew that we would be flawed? He could have avoided this whole problem of sin, despair, and sadness completely if He hadn’t created us in the first place. I mean He is an all-seeing, all-knowing, all-powerful God so why even bother with us in the first place? We can find the answer to that when we look at the nature of God referred to several times in scripture.
For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. | Colossians 1:16
You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being. | Revelations 4:11
From these verses we can clearly see that we were created for God’s pleasure. Being created for God’s pleasure doesn’t mean that we were created to entertain God or provide Him with something to fill His time. God is a creative being, and it gives Him pleasure to create. God is also a personal being, and it gives Him pleasure to have other beings He can have a genuine relationship with. We also see this in the creation of man –
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. | Genesis 1:26-31
So while God is forming man, and mentioning everything that he would be placed in charge of, He already knows at this point that man would fall to temptation and sin against Him. Yet He decides to create him and even goes as far as calling it very good! This is the God whom we worship and serve! A God who loves us regardless of the sins that we have committed in the past, are committing presently, or will commit in the future. Through these verses alone we see how God had already instituted a plan of salvation before the beginning of time. God loves us so much and yearns to have a personal relationship with us! We see that more clearly in the following verses:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. | Ephesians 1:3-6
From these verses we can see that even before the creation of the world, God wanted to have a personal relationship with mankind, but first it required us to be blameless and holy. It goes on to read that our sin nature prevented us from having that righteousness; therefore, He had already picked and chosen us to be His children through the sacrifice of His one and only Son, Christ Jesus. He had picked and chosen each and every one of us to be His children before time began! So what is the responsibility that comes with being His sons and daughters?
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. | 1 Peter 2:9
As His special people, we have to live for Him. That means that in everything that we do – our words, thoughts, and actions – we must proclaim how we were brought out of the darkness of sin to the newness of light, which compels us to follow after Christ! That is our responsibility as His children. Is your life proclaiming Christ through everything that you do, or do you have some areas that you could be working on to follow Him closer? I know that I do. Let’s constantly be striving to live for our Lord so that we grow more into His likeness day by day!