Part 3 – Why Did God Create Mankind?
We’ve been looking for a place to call “Home”, where we can successfully live the Christian life. So far we’ve discovered that since God is a Spirit, He resides in the spiritual realm. However, since man has a body, soul, and spirit, he resides in both the spiritual realm and the physical realm. So he needs a home that exists in both realms. But is there such a place?
Before we go any further, let’s consider for a moment, why God created mankind. What was God’s intention for mankind?
GOD PUT HIS LIFE IN A TREE TO EAT
“… And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground — trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” (Genesis 2:9, NIV)
“And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17, NIV)
God wanted man to eat of the Tree of Life … it was the tree of the source of life. It was not the source of “a life”, nor the source of “created life”, but the source of “the life” … God’s life. Eternal life was in its fruit.
The tree was on earth, but wasn’t native to this planet. Like God, it was an alien life form.
The life by which God lives, God somehow put in that tree, and man was invited to eat of that tree, so that the highest life form would indwell mere mortal man.
If man had of eaten of that tree, he would be the only creature with two life forms dwelling in him … human life and God’s life. One life form would be native to this realm, and the other native to the other realm.
At his creation, man had an element from that other realm, in his human spirit. He didn’t have God’s life form, but he did have an element from that spiritual realm. But if he would eat of the tree of life, he would have two life forms, of two different realms. So he would be able to contact two realms, and have a habitat in both realms, and have two life forms by which to live.
Man was created with the potential of being a creature with the ability of living life in two realms. So he would be able to walk in both realms, and live in both realms (maybe even at the same time!).
So he would have a soul with human life in it, and a spirit with divine life in it. But man didn’t eat of the tree of life, and so man is an unfinished creation!
MAN ATE FROM THE WRONG TREE
“For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave same to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.” (Genesis 3:5-7, NIV)
So what happened? Instead of doing what God wanted, and eating of the Tree of Life, man ate of the other tree, the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which was also alien to our planet. It also had a form of life in it, it was the form of the second highest form of life … angelic life. But it was fallen angelic life … angelic life that had encountered good and evil.
Adam ate of this tree, and so now fallen angelic life indwelt Adam’s spirit. Later, this fallen angelic life in Adam would be given a name … sin.
God gave Adam a spirit, that it might be a container for the Holy Spirit, for divine life, for eternal life, for God’s life, for the highest life form. Instead, man’s spirit became a container for fallen angelic life, sin. And this fallen life in Adam’s spirit, affected his soul and spirit.
What Are The Consequences of Eating From the Wrong Tree?
What about man’s spirit? Man’s spirit died to the spiritual realm
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins …” (Ephesians 2:1)
What died? Not the body … it was doing the sinning. Not the soul … it was motivating the body to sin. It was the spirit that died, in that it was dead to the other realm.
So man no longer lived in the other realm. He became a creature only of the physical realm. So man is now just soul and body, dragging around a dead spirit. Instead of being just a fraction below the angels, he became just a fraction above the animals.
What about man’s body? Man’s body started to age.
Also, his body was no longer being subservient to his soul. His body was winning, and magnifying all of its senses, which became cravings. And it reached a point where it was no longer fit to be called “body”. Instead, it became known as “the flesh”.
What about man’s soul? Man’s soul began to reach out, and compensate for a non-functioning spirit. Because the tree from which man ate from was the tree of knowledge of good and evil, man became a knowledge seeker, and man began to know evil.
Before, man was not a creature of “good” or “evil”. He had experienced neither. He was pure and innocent. But now man had an experiential encounter with both good, and with evil. As a result, he would now try to resist evil and do good. He would try to hate evil and love good. And he would despise doing evil, and become overjoyed when he actually managed to do good.
(Note: I am indebted to Gene Edwards for many of the concepts in this series.)
… Next time …. Part 4 – How Does Man Compensate For His Damaged State?