"For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought. Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him." (Psalms 139:13-15, Isaiah 43:7)
How to Know God, Christianity 101
What is the Purpose of Our Lives?
There is a purpose and meaning behind every life! We were wonderfully and fearfully put together by God, each and every one of us was created in the image of God with a body, mind, soul and spirit. The Bible tells us, "For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought. (Psalms 139:13-15)"
Because of this, God also knows us intimately! God knows our hearts, He knows our wants, our desires as well as the true motives and desires behind the things we do. Moreover, God knows what we need to draw closer to Him, as well as our fears and the longings of our hearts. In addition, when God looks at us He looks at us with eternity in mind. Whereas we tend to look at the here and now, God also looks at the eternity to come. God not only loves us dearly, but it is also God's will that all people spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Therefore, it breaks God's heart to look at His creation, which has been separated from Him by sin and that is why it's God's desire that all people would come to faith in Christ and thereby accept His free gift of grace.
Because we were created in the image of God, we have a body, soul and spirit. In addition, being created in the image of God means much more than that, it means that God also made us for a reason, this means that He has a purpose for each and every one of us and that purpose is to know and to worship Him. To be fashioned in the "image of God," refers also to function, or the purpose of our creation. And that purpose, is to be representatives of Christ here in this world. Through our faith in Jesus, we are created to be the light bearers if you will, who shine the light of the Gospel in a dark and dying world.
Moreover, not only is all of humanity is fashioned in the image of God, but God is also sovereign over all of creation, and humanity as well. This also means that humanity as freedoms within limits. Even though God created the heavens and the earth and He relinquished the earth to humanity as a free gift, all of humanity has freedom within limits. Those limits are God's moral laws and His commandments, humanity is not free to do as it pleases.
Moreover, this means that we are to do all things to the glory of God, and to behave in a way that not only honors God, but shows the love of God to those around us. In addition, we need to understand that God binds himself to all of creation, this means that there is a God shaped hole in our soul, one that can only be filled by having a relationship with our loving Creator. A relationship that has been broken by sin and can only be restored by God himself. Every one of us feels that need, we feel that draw, and it's a longing that cannot be filled with money, material possessions, extreme acts, success or anything else on this earth, even religion cannot fill this void.
The void that we have in our souls can only be filled by a relationship with God. And the only way to have a relationship with God is to have a relationship with Jesus. That deep longing that all people feel can only be filled by a real relationship with God through Christ Jesus our Lord. Moreover, the Bible tells us it's only through Jesus alone, by faith alone, that we can have a relationship with God. And only Jesus, through our faith in Him, can provide for us an abundant life that is rich and full. A life lived for the glory of God and give us that absolute certainty of spending eternity in heaven.
The Bible tells us that there is only one God. However, the Bible also makes it clear that God is eternally existent in three distinct persons. God the Father, God the Son, who is Jesus Christ and God the Spirit who is the Holy Spirit. The Bible says "For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one." (1st John 5:7)
Therefore, it's important to understand that Jesus is the living God of Heaven. Jesus who is the Author of creation, stepped out of eternity and took on humanity. With the incarnation Jesus added humanity to His divinity. He did so in order to make God's grace available to us, this was done to provide for us a means of salvation. Through Jesus alone, by faith alone, God's mercy is freely extended to a fallen humanity. Jesus did this because of His love for a fallen humanity and because it is God's will that all people spend eternity with Him in Heaven.
This is why in the opening passages of the Apostle John's Gospel, John through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit tells us, "In the beginning was the Word [Jesus], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made." (John 1:1-3) When the Apostle John says "Word" in this passage, he is using the Greek word "Logos," which his readers understood clearly. The word "Logos" means the full wisdom, knowledge, attributes and love of God in human form. And what the Apostle John is emphasizing here is that Jesus, is very God, who not only took part in creation, but also stepped out of eternity and dwelt among us.
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