Why did God create humanity?The Bible tells us that God created everything, including humanity, because it pleased Him to create for His glory (Romans 11:36; Revelation 4:11). This means that it gave God pleasure and it brought Him glory to create man and woman. By doing so, He demonstrated His creative genius in making not only the universe, but its highest personal being, man (Genesis 1:26-28). Later, God reinforced this powerful truth through the prophet Isaiah, who said for Him, "bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made" (Isaiah 43:6-7). A New Testament statement affirms the same thing: "all things were created through him and for him" (Colossians 1:16).
God also wanted man to help Him care for the beautiful world that He had created as the place for these special people to live. "And God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over [watch over, or care for] the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.'" (Genesis 1:28) "The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it" (Genesis 2:15 NIV).
Part of God's image of goodness and love that He put into man's heart gives us the senses by which to know God (Psalm 139:14). He gave us abilities with which to serve Him. God enjoyed creating a race of beings who are enough like Him that we have the capacities to give Him the pleasure of our company while we enjoy the pleasure of His company. He gave us the capacity to love Him and to worship Him. Jesus encouraged His disciples with this same truth when He said, "No longer do I call you servants … but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you" (John 15:15).
When God made the universe, He did what pleased Himself, and since God is perfect in His goodness, His love, His righteousness, and His wisdom, we may be certain that God enjoyed creating mankind without flaw in all these ways. So, when He finished creating the cosmos, the world, and man, God could honestly say, "It [is] very good" (Genesis 1:31).
God did not create people as equals with Himself. He is still Creator, and we are creatures who utterly depend on Him for everything. "In Him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28). "And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together" (Colossians 1:17). It always will be true that "the LORD is God; there is no other besides him" (Deuteronomy 4:35).
How amazing it is to be creatures who are "crowned with … [the] glory and honor" (Psalm 8:5) of bearing and multiplying God's great name and His likeness.
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