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Man's reason for being

Submitted: 8/30/2004
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Question: Why was man created?

Answer: Man was created to be an everlasting companion of God. Isaiah 45:18 says, “For thus says the LORD...Who formed the earth and made it...Who formed it to be inhabited.” God formed the earth for the specific purpose of serving as a habitation for man. He then made the first man out of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. He then made the first women out of a rib of the first man. These two original human beings then came together to multiply and fill the earth with other men and women.

From the beginning God has sought to establish relationship with man. Most of humanity has turned away from God and rejected His overtures. But man’s rejection was not enough to cause God to abandon His purpose. Instead, God became a man Himself and sought to establish relationships on the basis of His love expressed on Calvary. When the angel of the Lord spoke to this man’s human father, he said, “They shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, God with us” (Matthew 1:23). Jesus Christ is God with man. John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Jesus Christ is God dwelling among man.

The earth was formed not only as a habitation for man, but a habitation for God as well. This is because the reason God made man was so He could have companionship with other beings who are like Him in many significant ways. We may not understand today all that a relationship with God entails, but one day we will. “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure” (1 John 3:2-3).