Ephesians 1:4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.
What am I here for? What is this life all about? The longer we live, the more we seek meaning in life, the more we may be caught asking these questions. So did God create us with some intent? Did He make each of us with our own purpose? Yes and yes.
Even before time began, when all that existed was God, He thought of you. The Creator chose you in Christ (that is, He chose you to belong to Him as His child) before He even made the earth where you would reside. He made you to be uniquely you, with special talents and abilities – and purpose.
Our purpose on this earth is not to succeed financially and become rich, nor is it to make a name for ourselves and become famous (James 2:5). God made us to be holy and blameless before Him (1 Thessalonians 4:7). But how can we achieve this holiness? We can’t be good enough to meet God’s standards.
The Lord planned all along that those He chose would be made holy “in Christ” (Colossians 1:22). We are sanctified and redeemed by the Son of God, and He always intended it this way. Those who are chosen in the Son of God become sons and heirs of God (Galatians 4:7).
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
Any discussion of God the Father has to begin…in the beginning. God existed before there was time and then, He created time. This is confusing to almost anyone and we won’t spend much time discussing eternality, but the basis of discussing God is the creation of time and all things in existence. Before He spoke it, it didn’t exist.
Clearly, Jesus played a role in creation. Colossians and the Gospel of John make that very clear. But God the Father has the authority to speak things into existence, and so it was with the creation of the world. He spoke, and there was light. He spoke and there was night and there was day. He spoke, and His words were so powerful that whatever He said happened. Now why is it again that we question whether God is powerful enough to help us in our lives?
There was nothing but Him, and then there was what He created. That’s pretty simple, yet it’s so incredibly complicated. How did God exist from eternity if nothing else existed? How did creation take place? Was it a big bang? These are honestly mysteries that aren’t going to be answered easily. We can never know everything about God, but we do know this, our Father set the universe in place, and all things hold together because of Him. We can rely on Him for all of our lives’ issues.
Angels and Demons
Mark 12:25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven
How are angels different from humans? How is it that we’re “a little lower than the angels” (Psalm 8:5)? The impression we get from the Bible is that angels and humans are quite different, but how? And why?
Angels were all created by God with specific reasons in mind. They are sent out as messengers, protectors, and even warriors. They fulfill God’s will in a different way that we do. When speaking to some religious people of His day, Jesus compared resurrected humans to being more like angels than what we are here on earth. We will no longer marry, as marriage is an earthly institution with purposes that are unnecessary in heaven. Our heavenly bodies will be free from disease and injury, much like angelic beings. We will be made whole in our new bodies, there will be no more sinning, no more hurting.
But it’s important to note that we will be like the angels in heaven, not angels. We don’t become angels when we die, contrary to some cartoons. We will still be distinct from the angels, carrying out our own tasks different from theirs. We will worship God forever like the angels, but not as angels. We’ll be coworkers, so to speak, serving God however He directs us. Nothing will be done in vain.