James Lindquist Books

James Lindquist Books

SEEKING MAN

Who is God?

Prologue | Chapter One | Chapter Two

In our quest to find the answer to our question as to why God created man, letís first acknowledge the obvious answers and then build on that.

Right away, the first two discernible things we know about God is that one, He is an incorporeal being [1], and two, He is a creator being [2]. He created the heavens, the Earth [3], all the animals [4], and for His piece de resistance, He created man and woman [5] Since God created man in His own image, man is a tripartite being as well. God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit [6] and man is spirit, body, and soul [7]. Let me illustrate.

In Genesis 1:26, 27, the Bible declares the trinity of God. In other words verse 26, the declaration is through the phrases ďLet us. . .Our image. . .and Our likeness.Ē In verse 27 the Bible declares the oneness of God with the words, ďHis Own. . .He him. . .and He them.Ē Deuteronomy 6:4 says that God is one. Many Scriptures state that God is also three separate entities of the one God [8].

It is the role of God the Father to create a plan. For example, God the Father designed how He would redeem man [9] from Adamís sin. The Son (Jesus Christ), implemented the Fatherís plan by doing His Fatherís will and willingly went to the Cross [10]. The Holy Spirit administered the plan by teaching us all things and seeing to it that all mankind feels the call to salvation and the saving knowledge of the Son, Jesus Christ [11].

Likewise, man is a triune being as well. Manís spirit is his God-consciousness through the knowledge of an existent God. His body is his world-consciousness through the five senses. Finally, his soul is his self-consciousness, through which is his thought, cognition, emotions, intellect, reasoning, self-will, personality, and the choice processes of his being. There are all functions of the soul. Genesis 3 is about manís decision making process, which affected the entire world and every manís existence. . .forever, both spiritually and in the natural. (Who says that one man canít make a difference?)

Man makes all his decisions and acts on three aspects of his psyche, his nature, his attributes, and his character. God makes all His decisions on the same three aspects only from the opposite end of the spectrum in terms of righteousness. Let me illustrate.

Godís Nature: Who He is
Godís Attributes: What God is
Godís Character: What God displays

Summarizing the above three aspects into one complete sentence, would look something like this: ďBecause of what God is (His attributes), He will display who He is (His nature) through His character traits (His character),Ē or, ďBecause of Godís attributes, He displays His nature through His character.Ē

With all this said, we get our first clue as to why God created man with the declaration that God is Spirit. Genesis 1:26-28 tells us that God made man in Their image [Father, Son, and Holy Ghost] after Their kind, which is spirit. God the Father had a plan for man and He decided to start it at home in the Garden of Eden.

So. . .letís look at Godís nature first.

Godís Nature

Finite man cannot even attempt to know or understand the nature of an infinite God [12], but because of our curiosity, and in an attempt to learn more about Him, we can certainly make an educated guess. According to His Word, Godís nature is love [13]. Godís nature has many other qualities but the premise from which I choose to work, is that the unconditional (Agape) love of God is the root aspect of His true nature.

The majority of studies and commentaries today teach us that God created man in the Garden of Eden because God is love and that He desires an object of His love. Although this is true, Godís Word goes much deeper than that in terms of his nature with many more clues as to the purpose and reason behind manís creation, but I had to start someplace and 1 John 4:8 was as good a place as any.

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love [1 John 4:8 KJV].

How much does God love man? Christ loves us so much that He spread out His arms as if to say, ďThis much,Ē while they nailed His wrists [14] to the Cross [15]. He not only loved us enough to sacrifice His one and only Son [16], but He was the one who actually loved us first [17]. This took me back to my original question, why did God create man given that He died for sinful man? We are slowly but surely piecing together an answer to our question.

Manís nature is rebellious, corrupt, and sinful [18] and no matter how much man tries to internalize it and cover it up, his true nature will eventually come out. He cannot hide it forever and it will subconsciously emerge. He canít help it because it is who He is [19] and it is His nature.

However, God is righteous and holy [20], but we donít have to worry about His nature eventually coming out because it is and has always been. . .out. He was, He is, and He will always be totally holy and righteous. God changes not [21]. He canít help it because it is His nature and who He is as well.

By manís way of thinking, God Creating and seeking man is illogical and totally against His holy and righteous nature [22]. It doesnít make any sense to us, especially considering that in the first paragraph of the first chapter of Seeking Man, we learned of Godís foreknowledge [23] and how mankind would turn out. Because of the differences, how could there be any unity, camaraderie, or cohesion necessary for a compatible relationship [24]?

To man, it is logical to say, ďLove isnít love until you give it away.Ē Although God is self-sufficient and doesnít need anything or anybody, He has a desire for an object of His love [25] and someone with whom He can display His character and His nature [26].

We know that God knew each of us before we were born [27] and loved each and every one of us, because He made us. It is the same today, parents love their children even while they are in the womb. . .no matter what.

The Bible is a book about Godís love toward His children [28] and He knew that man would eventually rebel, become corrupt, and reject His love by hanging His Son on the Cross. God knew all of this and yet He is still love personified, and loves man without question. . .unconditionally. He then gives him the grace and mercy to live and survive. Again, I say. . .why? Go figure.

Put yourself in Godís spiritual shoes. We, as parents, love our children but why did we create them? Now add to the mix that if we knew in advance that our children would all be murderers, rapists, thieves, liars, whoremongers, idolaters, and prostitutes. Would we still have them? What if they would all be fearful, unbelieving, abominable, corrupt, disobedient, and lawless, would we still create them and would we still love our children although they do wrong. . .frequently?

All of this doesnít totally answer our question yet; it only addresses the fact that God loves His children and it doesnít address the actual reason why God created man. Maybe by looking at the next aspect, which is Godís attributes, we can get even closer to answering our question as to why God created man.

So, what have we learned so far about Godís nature? We know that His unconditional love is the root aspect of His true nature. God is love and first loved us [29] even after we reject and deny Him [30] as did Peter [31] in town before the crow bellowed three times. No matter what man has done or will do, God will still be God. . .omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, and sovereign. He will and cannot change. He is still Love

Godís Attributes

Are there words enough that would fully describe or explain what or who God is. . .in any language? God has many attributes, some of which are: omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, sovereign, infinite, self-existent, self-sufficient, and immutable. These are not all inclusive because some teach other attributes as well, and this is OK, but most of those other attributes are interchangeable with His nature and character.

My point of interchangeability is not for reason of argument or correction, but only for a personal reason of just further separating the different aspects to help us better understand what and who God is. I understand the differences this way: attributes explain what God is and character explains certain traits with which someone displays their nature or who they are to others, as I illustrated earlier.

The following is a brief explanation of each attribute that will bring us closer to why God created man in the first place. My intent is not to belabor each attribute but to only give us an idea of their meaning and not get off point in terms of the question that we are trying to answer. . .why did God create man?

Omniscient: All-knowing. God knows absolutely everything about everything and everything that everybody knows about anything from the beginning and ending of time. He is always right, but people still try to second-guess Him. [32]
Omnipotent: All powerful. God has unlimited power and He is able to do anything and anything that pleases him. [33]
Omnipresent: God is ubiquitous or everywhere at the same time. [34]
Sovereign: God is sovereign in that no one can challenge His supreme power and succeed. God is sovereign in that He predestinated everyone [35] according to the decisions that He knew weíd all make. [36]
Infinite: God has always existed and will always exist. [37]
Self-existent: God has always been. He has no beginning and no end [38]
Self-sufficient: God does not need anything or anybody. [39]
Immutable: God never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. [40]

What can we learn from these terms of why God created man in the first place? Because of His formidable and unmatched attributes, God can pretty much do what He wants, when He wants, where He wants, and how He wants. The simplest answer to our question would then be that God created us simply because He could. . .and therefore. . .He did.

However, this answer suggests that God arbitrarily created man with no rhyme or reason. In fact, God created man with a premeditated reason and plan for doing so? He is very deliberate in everything that He does. So we have to keep digging.

We could say that God created man for His pleasure [41] and for His glory [42]. Why? Because He is God and He can [43].

We still need to look at Godís character to see how that might add to the mix.

Godís Character

Because God made us in His image, we have the capacity to display the same things as Christ. We do this through the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22, 23 give us at least nine of the character traits of the Holy Spirit. In turn, we are to emulate these same fruits of the Holy Spirit to display who we are in Christ [44]. We initiate these traits as our journey around our concentric circle of life. The Bible says that we are known by our fruits [45].

Fruits of the Holy Spirit
Love: Affection or benevolence [46]
Joy: Cheerfulness, calm delight, gladness [47]
Peace: Quietness, rest [48]
Longsuffering: Forbearance, fortitude, patience [49]
Gentleness: Kindness, goodness, consideration, true humility [50]
Goodness: Virtue, beneficence or for the benefit of others [51]
Faith: Trustworthy, persuasion, credence, moral conviction or fulfilled promises of God and veracity of His trustworthiness toward His children and concerning Christ [52]
Meekness: Gentleness, humility, lowly, and condescending to another [53]
Temperance: Self-control, restraint, continence, holding back [54]


God is all of these things and more. These are not all inclusive. The fruits of the Spirit should suffice for our purposes here but letís give four more just for fun. God is:

Truthful: God cannot lie [55]
Merciful: Compassionate, loving kindness, to show favor [56]
Forgiving: Absolve, cleanse [57]
Just: Judge, fair, impartial, objective, right, reasonable [58] THIS NEEDS A SCRIPTURE

Character is a personís moral fiber, or compass if you will, and is the sum total of manís disposition, intention, and desire. We judge a manís Character on His general tendencies as opposed to a few isolated incidences. Man influences his character by the decisions and choices that he makes. When God created man in His own image, He instilled in Him holiness, righteousness, morality, and a God consciousness. Man had to be perfect in every way in all the aspects, nature, attributes, and character.

Since God is perfect in every way. His holy, righteous, and moral nature not only dictates but compels Him to be so through all of the above character traits. As with man, we can know why God makes His decisions as well because of what He projects through His own character traits. Could it be that God created man to be a perfect moral companion for Him throughout eternity for His pleasure [59]?

These three aspects cannot be all there is to Godís plan of creation, but do we have enough information to make an educated guess as to why God created man? On the contrary, we have a lot of Scripture to wade through before we can form a definitive answer. You would think that since God created man in His own image and made him perfect in every way that this would give most researchers an answer to make them satisfied.

Did God create man so He could have a like-minded and like-kind entity to be His moral companion for eternity? The only trouble with that answer is. . .man sinned. Moreover, if our answer is true, how could sinful man be in a righteous Godís plan because He knew that man would sin [60]? It appears that we are back to square one.

So. . .what was Godís original plan?

          

I hope that you have enjoyed this free taste of Seeking Man. To learn more, click on the above link that will direct you to the book store. May the Lord richly bless you.

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