This is the second in a series of three blog posts on the “Pearl of Great Price”. Read the first one here.
Man and woman were created in God’s image (Gen 1:27)—they were created for a purpose. We may never know everything, but we can know that part of our purpose was to have fellowship, a close intimate relationship, and unity with God.
- God said, “Let Us make man in Our image.” (Gen 1:27) It was a deliberate act of God’s will.
- God formed man (Gen 2:7). “Formed” implies the use of His hands, much like a potter molding clay into a perfect vessel.
- God breathed life into man; our life comes directly from God (Gen 2:7).
- God put man in a place designed for us, a place where God could be with His creation (Gen 3:8).
When Adam sinned, he lost everything: God, paradise, purpose, hope, and life (Gen 3:8-19). Our own sin separates us from God and destroys the relationship we were created to have. We will live out our physical lives until we return to the dust from which God formed us (Gen 3:19). But there is a part of us, our spirit, given to us by God (Eccl 12:7), that will go on, never to fulfill our great purpose of fellowship with God. Instead, we are doomed to exist in eternal darkness, separated from the God who created us.
Jesus came to save us from that horrible fate. He came to restore our relationship with God, to renew the unity we once had (John 17:21-22). He came to bring about the complete realization of what God has always intended for mankind, eternal life in the presence of God.
2 Corinthians 5:1-5, (1) For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. (2) For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, (3) inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. (4) For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. (5) Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.
2 Corinthians 3:18, But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
1 John 3:2, Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.
What would you give to dwell with God for all eternity … to live in His presence, in unimaginable light … to have all pain, all fear, all the suffering and struggles of this world taken away, absorbed into glory … to know the peace of mind, body, soul, and spirit, that comes when we are finally and truly what we were created to be,
What would that be worth?