The worship due our God for all eternity is certainly a worthy outcome of our adoption. But there is also a purpose in our adoption as sons that we can live out and give expression to while we live here on earth.
A. DESTINED FOR RELATIONSHIP
The Scriptures reveal that mankind was originally created in the image of God (Gen 1:26,27). This includes the fact that mankind was made with the capacity for free will and choice. We are able to think, to feel, to reason, and to make intelligent decisions. We have emotions as well. These are all attributes that are necessary for having normal, healthy relationships.
Ultimately, mankind was made for the glory of God (Rev 4:11). But how was man to bring that glory to God? Was that to be accomplished through the complexity of our design? Or through our intelligence or creativity? Those are all wonderful characteristics God has given us. But they alone do not reveal God’s true purpose in creating humanity in His image.
Or perhaps man was to bring glory to God through his service. But did God need more servants? If so, then why wouldn’t God simply make more angels? They are stronger, swifter, and without many of our human, fleshly limitations. Certainly mankind has the capacity to serve. But once again, this is not why we are made in the image of God.
SIN DESTROYS RELATIONSHIP
Several Bible passages that we have already studied give us insight into why God created man in His likeness. We read that God chose us in Christ and predestined us to adoption “before the foundation of the world” (Eph 1:4). In other words, God in eternity past chose to create us in His image in order that we would be His sons.
God chose to create us the way He did in order that we might have a loving relationship with Him as our heavenly Father! We were originally intended to walk and talk with God face to face, as Adam did in the Garden of Eden (Gen 2). You and I were created for relationship – a personal, loving and close relationship with our Creator.
Sadly, Adam and Eve chose to violate that relationship through disobedience and rebellion against God’s commands. Thus sin entered our world and began its cruel work upon and within God’s creation. Sin always destroys relationships – in marriage, in friendships, in families – but especially between us and a perfect and holy God.
OUR CLEARLY DESIGNED DESTINY
Sin and its consequence of death threatened to ruin God’s plans for His creation. But God very quickly set in motion His redemptive plan (Gen 3:15). Though it would take centuries to completely unfold, it was perfect in its design and timing.
At just the right moment in history – after the Law had been used as a tutor to reveal to mankind his desperate need for God (Gal 3:23-25) – God sent His Son to take upon Himself the death penalty for all the sins of mankind (John 3:16). This perfect and unblemished Lamb became the sacrifice for all (Isa 53; 2Cor 5:15; 1Pet 1:18-21). Then Jesus Christ rose from the dead to reign forevermore as our Living Lord and Savior!