Wednesday, May 31
So God created creatures of great worth, which became worthless and subject to wrath and damnation. Then he redeemed us and restored us to his good favor, removing the wrath and judgment. But why did he do this? Why was it so important that he was willing to die on the cross to achieve it? I’m not sure I can answer that, but I think it has to go back to why he created us in the first place. Does God really need us? Were we created to fill some lack in God’s eternal existence? Was he not complete and satisfied before creating man? The Westminster Confession of Faith says ‘God hath all life, glory, goodness, blessedness, in and of Himself; and is alone in and unto Himself all–sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which He hath made, nor deriving any glory from them . . .” This is Scripturally correct, which forces me to consider other options. We all know that it’s God’s nature to create. God is also love, so maybe he needs someone to love. By itself, that is not acceptable, either. It also suggests a need that is not really a need—as correctly explained by the Westminster Confession of Faith. But God’s love is a role model for us. Love is depicted as the greatest of all virtues in 1 Cor. 13, so it’s fairly important in this earthly life. It’s a part of sanctification, which is necessary to enter heaven, but I have a problem with that because sanctification will only become complete when this life is over—and that is what prepares us for heaven. So love, as important as it is, doesn’t satisfy me as to why God created man. So I don’t have a satisfactory answer. But I can bask in the results. I am loved beyond measure without deserving it. I have a glorious eternal life ahead of me. And I will worship him forever—not because it benefits him, but because it benefits me.