GOD’S PURPOSE IN CREATION
“…this original creation—the ‘wind-hovering-over-the-water’ creation, the invisible moving the visible,…” (John 3:5-6 MSG).
GOD created. “God’s purpose for the earth is that it should become his dwelling place; it is not simply made to house his creatures….The concept of the earth as a divine sanctuary…runs throughout the whole Bible…” ESV Study Bible (ref#125, p52, [Gen 2:1-3]).
Scripture exudes GOD’s passion to live with His creatures. He chose a nation and poured His blessings upon them. To announce to the whole world His love for His people He provided supernatural acts to save and keep them (Example: the plagues of Egypt.)
He sent another cluster of supernatural acts to the world when He sent His Son to earth. He constantly keeps His chosen as a holy people to Himself (Deut 28:9) though we are obstinate and rebellious.
“In all their affliction he was afflicted…in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them…”(Isa 63:9 ESV)
We are in a special and in a peculiar relationship to GOD. We are His people. “…We have no being, we have no existence apart from our relationship to God” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#265, p 282-283).
“…They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my people’; and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God’”(Zech 13:9 ESV).
“This blessing finds fulfillment in the church…but it finds its greatest fulfillment in the new heaven and new earth…” Wayne Grudem (ref#63, p520). “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God’”(Rev 21:3 ESV). “…we will be in the presence of God and enjoying unhindered fellowship with him” Wayne Grudem (ref#63, p1164).
FATHER, For no other reason than Your love do You care for and desire to be close to the created creatures You have chosen. Such a fact elicits my praise to You.