Mankind: Crown Jewels of God’s Creation
Abba Father…Your reason for creating me was Love. [A]
Your purpose for creating me was relationship [B]…a Sacred Covenant relationship.
- You made me for Yourself.
- Created in Your image and likeness.
- Created with a free will…the capacity to consider and make choices.
- We are the crown jewels of Your creation.
- I am a mirror of the Almighty.
- My relationship with the Triune God mirrors the relationship within the Trinity.
Adam’s sin of disobedience…an exercise of his free will to choose his own will.
- Sin severed my Sacred Covenant relationship with God.
- Sin shattered the mirror of the Almighty I was meant to be.
God the Son…Christ Jesus…came into this world to restore God’s original purpose. [C]
- His perfect obedience…an exercise of His free will to choose God’s will.
- He restored the relationship with God that had been severed by sin.
- He repaired the mirror I was meant to be that had been shattered by sin.
The Eternal Worth and Power of the Blood of Jesus [D]…
- Conferred upon me the status of eternal righteousness.
- Dressed me in fine radiant linen to be His eternal bride…the bride of Christ.
- Fulfilled God’s eternal purpose…my Sacred Covenant relationship with Him.
- Granted eternal access into the Holiest and God’s promised rest as my birthright.
- Secured God’s gift of His eternal Holy Spirit given to dwell permanently in me.
My Sacred Covenant relationship is uniquely with each Person of the Triune Godhead: [E]
- God the Father: I am His child by adoption wrought through my being born again.
- God the Son: I am the bride of Christ, sealed with solemn marriage vows to Him.
- God the Holy Spirit: I am His bond-slave; He reigns King on the throne of my life.
A] God’s reason for creating: LOVE
God’s reason for creating the Universe, and all that is in it, was Divine Love. God is Love. Love is His very nature; Love is His very essence; Love is the very core of His Being…and He loves because of Who He is. God had no need to create…anything. From Eternity Past He was always perfect and complete, and in need of nothing. He consciously and deliberately chose to create, because love always desires to pour all of its blessedness, all of its goodness, into the beloved. And so God brought into existence all of the objects of His love…all of creation…so as to manifest His love to them, with them, and in them. Everything that was brought into existence is in its very nature an expression, and a reflection, of His infinite Love. He made the heavens… even the highest heavens and all their starry host…the Earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them, the spirit world and all that is in it. He gives life to everything, and the multitudes of Heaven worship Him! For by Him all things were created: things in Heaven and on Earth, visible and invisible, animate and inanimate… whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities…all things were created by Him and for Him and for His Glory.
God’s motive in creation has been ascribed by doctrinal writers to be the free operation of God’s love…His “bonitas communicativa.” He was not affected by any compulsion or selfish desire. The necessity in which God created the Universe is the definitiveness of His Own Will, His self-determination which He possesses by virtue of His Own Divine character. It is not an external compulsion, but an interior impulse of the Divine Nature to manifest itself; a necessity of God’s Love to communicate itself. The creation which He brought into being was the only one to which He was moved by the deep inner Love of His infinite Divine character. The aim which God had in view was not His own glory exclusively. He was not impelled by a purely egotistical power, but by eternal Love. He desired the good of His creatures, and it was only as He wished His creation to be pure that He desired to be glorified by that purity. All created beings are not solely means for an end, but they have been created for their own sake, that they might receive the communications of God and be permeated by His goodness…not that they might subsequently be absorbed in Him, but rest eternally happy in and with Him. (from McClintock and Strong Encyclopedia, Electronic Database. Copyright © 2000, 2003 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)
B] God’s purpose for creating Man: Relationship
In the Blessed Trinity, the Love that flows between the Three Persons…Father, Son, Holy Spirit…is infinite, and infinitely complete. They are so perfectly One with each Other that they are, indeed, only One…three Persons, yet only One God. And so, God chose to create Man as a mirror of this Love that exists in the Blessed Trinity. He created Man…a being like Himself, in His Own image and likeness…so as to have with Mankind this same intimate fellowship of love, this same living union of oneness, that exists in the Blessed Trinity. He created Man for Himself, and Man was to be “like Him”…a mirror of the Almighty; a little god, with dominion over God’s created Earth.
Man was not made in the likeness of any creature that went before him, but in the likeness of his Creator. It is the soul, the great soul, of Man, that does especially bear God’s image. The soul is a spirit, an intelligent immortal spirit, an influencing active spirit, herein resembling God, the Father of Spirits, and the soul of the world. The spirit of Man is the candle of the Lord. The soul of Man, regarded in its three noble faculties… understanding, will, and active power…is perhaps the brightest clearest looking-glass in nature, wherein to see God. [Matthew Henry]
Jesus interceded before the Father on our behalf, in His High Priestly Prayer when He knew His hour had come, “That they all may be one, just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us.” [John 17:21 AMP]. Relationship between God, and Man whom He created in His Own image and Glory, was purposed to be characterized by a soul’s living union of oneness with the Triune God…a oneness that mirrored Their Own relationship with One Another. Christ Jesus prayed for the Father’s fulfillment of God’s original intended purpose for the souls of Man:
- “Father…My prayer is not for My disciples only. I pray also for all those who will believe in Me through their message,
- that they all may be one in Us in a Sacred Covenant relationship and with one another, just as You are in Me and I am in You in Our Triune Godhead.
- May they also be one in Us in a Sacred Covenant relationship, so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.
- I have given them the glory You gave Me, that they may be one in Us in a Sacred Covenant relationship, even as We are One in Our Triune Godhead:
- I Myself joined together with them in a Sacred Covenant relationship, and You in Me in Our Triune Godhead.
- May they be brought to complete unity in Us and with one another, to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.
- I have made You known to them, Father, and will continue to make You known, in order that the love You have for Me may be in them,
- and that I Myself may be joined together with them in a Sacred Covenant relationship.” [John 17:20-23, 26 NIV/MJJZ]
Jesus spoke to His Disciples, “After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make our home and dwelling place within him. [John 14:19-21; 23-24]
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a special possession, purchased by Myself and for Myself, that you may declare My praises…the praises of the One Who called you out of darkness into My marvelous light! [1 Peter 2:9]
Now therefore, if you will obey My voice in truth and be careful to keep My covenant, then you shall be My own treasured possession, from among and above all peoples…for all the Earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation… consecrated and set apart to the worship of God.” [Ex 19:5-6]
C] Christ Jesus restored God’s original purpose for mankind
Abba Father…the eternal power of the Blood of Christ Your Son has conferred upon me the status of eternal righteousness. The status of eternal righteousness has prepared me…made me worthy…to become the bride of Christ in Divine marriage. By virtue of my Divine marriage as the bride of Christ Your Son, You have adopted me into Your Family as Your child through my being born again in a spiritual birth. [My adoption takes place…is consummated… through my being born again]. By virtue of being born again, I am joined together with the Triune God in a Sacred Covenant relationship…a living union of oneness. And by virtue of being born again, access into the Holy of Holies and the inaccessible light of the Glory of Your unclouded Presence…to enter in and abide there…is my birthright! Hallelujah!
Therefore, beloved, since you are joined together in a living union of oneness with My Divine Son Jesus, you are a new creation. You are no longer the same person you formerly were…your previous moral and spiritual condition has passed away. Behold, a fresh, new life has begun! No one born of God deliberately, knowingly, and habitually practices sin, for God’s nature abides in him…His principle of life, the Divine sperm, remains permanently within him; he cannot practice sinning because he is born of God. [Father God…2 Cor 5:17; 1 John 3:9]
Abba Father…Since, then, I have now been raised up with Christ Jesus Your Son into newness of life, I continually set my heart upon the rich eternal treasures that are above, in the Heavenly realms, where Christ Your Son is seated at Your right hand. I continually set my mind and my thoughts on the things of Heaven and the spiritual realm, not on the things of Earth and the physical realm. For I died in union with Christ Your Son, and have been raised up together with Him into newness of life; my new life is hidden now with Christ Jesus in You, Father. When Christ, Who is my life, appears, then I also shall appear with Him in glory. [Col 3:1-4 MJJZ]
Let us rejoice and shout triumphantly for joy! Let us celebrate and ascribe to Him glory and honor, for the marriage of the Lamb has at last come, and His bride the Universal Church has prepared herself! She has been permitted to dress in fine radiant linen, dazzling and white…for the fine linen is the righteousness of God’s holy people. Then the angel said to me, “Write this down: Blessed are those summoned to the marriage banquet of the Lamb…all true believers who are members of His Universal Church.” They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect… God’s holy people…from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other [Matt 24:30-31]. And he said to me further, “These are the True Words of God.” [Rev 19:7-9]
D] Eternal Worth and Power of the Blood of Jesus
Abba Father…the purpose for my life, the very purpose for my existence, is to live my everyday life joined together with the Triune God in a Sacred Covenant relationship… a living union of oneness that mirrors the living union of Oneness that characterizes the blessed Holy Trinity. I am to be one with the Triune God in the same way that They are One with One Another in their Blessed Holy Trinity…just as Christ Jesus prayed to the Father, “Just as You are in Me and I am in You in Our Triune Godhead, may they also be one in Us in a Sacred Covenant relationship” [John 17:20-23, 26]. God the Father answered this High Priestly prayer of His Son through the sacrificial death of His Son on our behalf.
- The Eternal Power of the Blood of Jesus has guaranteed and secured that God’s eternal purpose for creating Humankind…to be joined together with the Triune God in a Sacred Covenant relationship…stands eternally fulfilled.
- The Eternal Power of the Blood of Jesus has guaranteed and secured my eternal union with Him as the bride of Christ in a Divine marriage, my status of eternal righteousness before God, and my eternal access into the Holiest of All as my birth-right.
- The Eternal Power of the Blood of Jesus has guaranteed and secured that the Eternal Holy Spirit is indeed given as God’s eternal gift to dwell in me…never to leave me, never to forsake me. By virtue of being born again, He was given to be the Power in me Who continually guarantees and secures my capability to live my everyday life… faithful to my solemn marriage vows as the bride of Christ the Son in our Divine spiritual marriage; faithfully within the Holy of Holies in the unclouded Presence of God my Father as a child of the Most High God.
- Your Divine Power, Blessed Jesus, has given me everything I need for life and godliness through knowledge of You Who called me by Your Own Glory and Goodness. Through these You have given me Your very great and precious promises, so that through them I may participate in the Divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. [2 Peter 1:3-4 NIV]
Abba Father…it is my birth-right to abide all the days of my life in the Holy of Holies in Your unclouded Presence, and there is only one condition for my entering through the Gate that opens into the Heavenly Sanctuary: NOT MY WILL, BUT THY WILL BE DONE. My sin-enslaved human nature, with its self-will, cannot enter through that Gate. Only the Divine nature of Your indwelling Holy Spirit, with its absolute surrender to Thy will, can bring me through that Gate and into the Holy of Holies…there to abide all the days of my life.
To this I am called, because Your Divine Son Jesus suffered for me, leaving me an example, that I should follow in His steps. [1 Peter 2:20-21] With eyes of compassion, Christ Jesus Your Son lovingly made it clear to me: “If anyone would come after Me…you must deny yourself and take up your cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to hold on to one’s life in order to satisfy their own self-will and self-interests will lose it, but whoever loses their self-life for My sake will keep it for life eternal. Anyone who does not carry their cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple.” [Luke 9:23-24; 14:27 ] Abba Father…You also have encouraged Your children: Now since you are My children, you are also heirs…heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ My Son…if indeed you share in His sufferings in order that you may also share in His glory. I assure you…consider your present sufferings not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in you! [Rom 8:17-18] As it is written: Since Christ My Son has suffered in the flesh, arm yourself also with the same purpose, because those who have suffered in the flesh have ceased from sin. From now on, then, you must live the rest of your Earthly life controlled by God’s will and not by human desires. [1 Peter 4:1-2] In other words…since Jesus went through everything I am going through and more, I need to learn to think like Him. I am to think of my sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get my own way. Then I will be able to live out my days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what I want. [1 Peter 4:1-2 MSG]
And so Christ Jesus’ steadfast love for me…so amazing, so Divine…constrains me…it demands my soul, my life, my all…because I am convinced that One died for all, and therefore all died. And since He died for all, I who now live joined together with Him in a Sacred Covenant relationship can no longer live for myself…but for Him who died for me and was raised again. [2 Cor 5:14-15 NIV/MJJZ]
Wherefore brethren, having now boldness to enter into the Holiest by the Eternal Power of the Blood of Jesus, by the way which He dedicated for us…a new and living way to God through the veil, that is to say, through the veil of His flesh…let us then without further hesitation or delay draw nigh in fullness of faith; here let us continually abide in the fullness of faith. [Heb 10:19-20, 22] Those who abide in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. [PS 91:1]
E] Unique relationship with each Person of the Holy Trinity
Abba Father…You made me for Yourself, in Your Own image and in Your Own likeness, to be joined together with the Triune God in a Sacred Covenant relationship… a living union of oneness…a very crown jewel in Your creation…and that as a mirror of the Almighty, I would reflect Your glory to the created universe. What does being joined together with the Triune God in a Sacred Covenant relationship look like?
God the Father is my Father. You are my Father; I am Your child. You have adopted me into Your Royal Family through my being born again in a new birth. I have become God’s child not by natural means…that is, by being born as a child of a human father… but by being born anew of the Spirit of God. God Himself is my Father. [John 1:13] No one can enter the Kingdom of God without having been born both of water washing away your sins through the cleansing bath of the new birth, and the regeneration wrought by the Holy Spirit infusing within you a new and divine principle of life. A person is born physically of human parents, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. Do not be surprised at My [Jesus] saying, “You must be born again.” [John 3:5-7; Titus 3:4-7]
Children in the Royal Family of the King are expected to behave at a much higher level than children in an ordinary human family. God my Father teaches and trains His child, leads me and guides me; corrects, chastises, and disciplines me for the purpose of producing in me the peaceable fruit of righteousness that characterizes the everyday manner of living of a child of the King. He desires His children to bring honor and glory to the Family name. My Father is well-pleased with His child whenever I trust in Him with an unwavering child-like trust, depend upon Him with an unreserved child-like dependence, and set my heart to obey His will, and accept His will, with an unquestioning child-like obedience. My Father reassures me, so lovingly and so tenderly, “___________, you are My child; I am your Father and your God. I take great pleasure in you, you are the apple of My eye. Be comforted and be reassured of my unfailing love for you; I rejoice over you with singing! My heart delights in you, and I long to fill you with all My fullness…with all the fullness of God. I long to pour all of My blessedness and all of My goodness into you, to have intimate fellowship with you, to become ever more one with you, even as We are One with One Another in our Blessed Holy Trinity.”
Abba Father…I have freely given myself to You to be Your eternal child, to trust in You with an unwavering child-like trust; to depend upon You with an unreserved child-like dependence; to obey Your will, and accept Your will, with an unquestioning child-like obedience…all the days of my life.
God the Son…Christ Jesus…is my spiritual Husband. I am the bride of Christ. Jesus the Christ is my spiritual husband, and I am His wife, joined together with Him in Divine marriage, flesh of His flesh and bone of His bones. In this relationship, I am to be faithful to my solemn marriage vows as the bride of Christ: Promising to honor and obey Him as both Lord over my life and Savior of my soul; To have and to hold Him, above all others and above all else this world has to offer, as the choicest, most precious treasure of my heart; To love and to cherish Him, above all others and above all else this world has to offer, reserving for Him alone my sweetest, most tender affections; For better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, all the days of my life, until death of this body brings me to be together with Him in Heaven for all eternity. [https://preservechristianfamily.org/day-61]
Blessed Jesus…I have freely given myself to You in Divine marriage to be Your bride, the bride of Christ…all the days of my life here on this Earth, until death of my body brings me to be together with You in Heaven for all eternity.
God the Holy Spirit is my Master. I am a servant of the Most High God, a bond-slave. In this relationship, I am to be an obedient and faithful servant…to watch for You and wait before You, to look off unto You and listen for Your voice, as You call me to participate in Your work as Your messenger, Your ministering spirit, Your watchman. You rule and reign on the throne of my heart, Personally living out the life of Christ Jesus in me…a life of obedience and suffering, self-sacrifice and self-denial. And You Personally work out the death of Jesus in me, conforming me ever more deeply into the likeness of His death…death to sin and death to self…in order that I may thereby attain, more and more, the Power of His resurrection life out from the dead…the power to walk through each and every day as more than a conqueror and with overwhelming victory.
Blessed Holy Spirit…You are God’s Eternal gift, given to dwell in me…the Divine Nature Of God abiding in me…promising never to leave me, never to forsake me. And it is Your Eternal Power that continually guarantees and secures my capability to live my everyday life faithful to my solemn marriage vows as the bride of Christ, and to live my everyday life faithfully within the Holy of Holies in the unclouded Presence of my Father.
Abba Father…Your indwelling Holy Spirit is the One Who enables me to walk along the Path that Your Divine Son Jesus walked, and dedicated, for me …the Path of obedience and suffering, self-sacrifice and self-denial, death to sin and death to self. My human nature has no power to walk that Path, nor would it even want to. The Path that Your Divine Son Jesus walked and dedicated for me, a new and living way to God through the veil…that is to say, through the veil of the flesh [Heb 10:19-20 AMP]…is the only Path that leads up to the Gate that opens into the Heavenly Sanctuary and into the Holy of Holies. The Gate bears on its header the inscription “THY WILL BE DONE.” My human nature…with its self-will and self-desires…cannot enter through the Gate; I must check my sin-enslaved human nature at the Gate before I can enter through.
As I enter the Holy of Holies through the rent veil of my flesh..wherein is the inaccessible light of the Glory of Your unclouded Presence, Father…I am filled to overflowing with all the fullness of God! Never again will I hunger; never again will I thirst! My soul shall forever be satisfied, as with the richest of foods! I feast on the abundance of Your House; You give me drink from Your River of delights! It is there, in our trysting place…where we spend time alone together just to commune…that You reveal to me rich eternal treasures of the spiritual realm…treasures that no eye has ever seen, no ear has ever heard, treasures neither ever conceived or imagined in the heart of a human being… marvelous and unsearchable things You have prepared for those who love You! [Read 1 Cor 2:9-12 AMP]
Spirit of the Living God…I have freely given myself to You to be Your bond-slave… wholly surrendered unto You, wholly given to be Your bond-servant all the days of my life.