This is part of a chapter out of a book I’m writing, entitled (for now) “Total Transformation.” You might find it to be of use.
Man was created in God’s image, in order to know his person and blessing, Gen 1.26-28. As the only creature to bear the divine stamp, man is able to relate to God. “Man meets and talks with God in the Garden of Eden” Gen 2.15-17 (NIBD). Adam and Even walked with God, Gen 3.8.
Because of their sin, they were expelled from the Garden, but the original intent was for them to choose God’s love, not to spurn it. Scripture mentions that God came to walk with them after they lost that privilege, highlighting even more the preciousness of this gift.
As God’s people under the Mosaic covenant, Israel was supposed to express this purpose that was supposed to have been true, in the beginning, of all mankind. Speaking of the return from exile, the Lord looked forward to receiving back “everyone who belongs to me, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed—yes, whom I made!” Isa 43.7. But man fell from God’s glory, that is, he lost his glorious presence, Rom 3.23. So God began to call and work through specific people, such as Abraham, and specific groups, like Israel. Today, that specific people is the church of God.
So why did God create mankind? He didn’t need us. God is not “served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives life and breath and everything to everyone” Acts 17.25. He wasn’t lonely. He doesn’t have an ego problem that needs someone to feed it with adultation. But his love sought yet another being to share with, a being able to choose to respond to his love of its own free will.
In one sense, this is a difficult question to answer, because the Bible doesn’t give much light into the original divine intent behind creation. So Wayne Jackson states, “It is sufficient for us to know, on the basis of well-reasoned evidence, that God exists, that he created us, and that he loves us.”
In another sense, however, perhaps we strain too much for the answer, which touches every page of God’s revelation. As hinted at above, love seeks an object, and the glorious love of God sought, and still seeks, a like-minded object that can and will respond to him. So great was his desire, his will, that he created that object—the human being—and an entire ecosystem—the world and the universe—in which to express that love.
The original intent of creation, in spite of sin, can still be realized in our midst: the presence of God.