Of course, God does not need human beings in order to
exist. He existed long before there were any. Yet He was
not satisfied. There was something missing for Him. He is
spirit, but He wants to be expressed in the material realm.
He wants friends.
In the beginning of the Bible, after God made man, it says
that then He rested. That rest suggests a satisfaction.
Satisfaction comes from getting what you desire, often what
you have longed and waited a long time for. The Creator
longed for a compatible creature.
When Adam was made, God said, “It is not good for
the man to be alone; I will make a helper suitable for him.”
Every creature that He made He brought before Adam, but
none was found that was suitable or compatible. None could
satisfy what God had seen was lacking in Adam. He was put
into a deep sleep and a rib taken out of his side. From
it woman was formed. Can you imagine the joy in Adam when
he awoke and saw her? As beautiful and wonderful as the
garden must have been, can you imagine the empty place that
she filled? No more loneliness!
God understood Adam’s need. He had made Adam in His
image. The need that Adam had is representative of something
going on in the Creator. The Bible tells of God’s
tremendous desire to be connected to His highest creation
– mankind. Since the beginning He has been committed to
being a friend to them, even a Father. Unfortunately, mankind
has rarely shown the same commitment to Him.
Friends love at all times. They are allied in the same
cause. But from very near the start of history, men and
women have allied themselves with God’s enemy. How
much it must have hurt the Creator for His pure love to
Maybe some don’t think God can be hurt, but we can
be hurt, and He made us in His image. Maybe the purer someone’s
love is, the more it hurts when the one he loves chooses
to love another. Oh, the joy and satisfaction when He created
man, male and female! Oh, the pain when they chose to turn
away from Him! No more satisfaction!
But the Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief;
if He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will
see His offspring, He will prolong his days, and the good
pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand. As a result
of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied.
(Isaiah 53:10-11, NASB)
God’s heart is so wonderful towards mankind that He
even chose to send His own Son to be put to death as the
sacrifice for our sins. That sacrifice would bring about
what He always wanted. His act of unfathomable love would
capture our hearts so that we would once again ally ourselves
with Him. The payment for our sins would open up a channel
between us and Him, allowing His love to be poured out in
our hearts. Love in a person’s heart causes love
to take action in his life. His love can give us the power
to triumph over sin.
Just as the first Eve was taken out of the first Adam’s
side, so the second Eve came out of the side of the second
Adam. God took a rib out of Adam’s side to form Eve.
The bone that protected his heart was formed into the creature
who would protect what was in his heart. The blood and water
that flowed out of Yahshua’s side is what can cleanse
a man and make him a new creation. Out of His side came
a new creature created in Him for the purpose of protecting
and expressing what is in His heart.
He needs us! He needs and desires a bride, and He can’t
return until she has made herself ready, having put all
of His enemies under His feet.
Every spirit that has ever stood in the way of men and women
being God’s true friends must be overcome by man.
It is what God needs man to do right now. Then His good
pleasure will prosper, which means that what pleases Him
will actually be done.
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The fullness of what is in God’s heart needs to be
put in His people’s hearts, so they can fully express
Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father,
and it is enough for us.” Jesus [Yahshua] said to
him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have
not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen
the Father...” (John 14:8-9)
Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may
have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is,
so are we in this world. (1 John 4:17)
The evidence of His love has to be plainly seen so that
people can know His love. People can’t know His love
apart from that evidence. It takes a community of disciples
who love one another just as He loved them.
God needs friends to help Him bring about everything that
is in His heart. He wants to make us His friends!
All this is done by God, who through Christ changed us
from enemies into His friends and gave us the task of making
others His friends also. Our message is that God was making
all mankind His friends through Christ. God did not keep
an account of their sins, and He has given us the message
which tells how He makes them His friends. Here we are,
then, speaking for Christ, as though God Himself were making
His appeal through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf:
let God change you from enemies into His friends.
2 Corinthians 5:18-20, TEV
Hebrews 10:12-13; Romans 16:20
1 Peter 2:9