The Original Purpose of God in the Creation of Earth

To know the original purpose of God in the creation of earth we have to turn back to the ‘Creator’s Manual’ in order to find it. As we know only the creator knows the purpose of His creation. And anything that is written in the Creator’s Manual is the only truth that can truly reveal the purpose for which it is created. This is the reason God’s instruction Manual is called ‘the Bible’ which means ‘the Book’. In other words it is not to be considered as a book among other books, but it in the only unique book that in itself has authority to defend itself because of the One who wrote it through His appointed scribes [i.e. one who copies and writes things]. In this way the Creator’s Manual has been written by God ordained men who have been inspired and instructed word for word by God who has given it for us, to learn more about the purpose of the creation of earth and all that is in it, especially in relation to the Creator Himself (2 Tim 3:16-17). Thus the more we come to understand the original intent of God for creating the earth and its legal inhabitants [i.e. We humans], the more we will be able to identify our self with the original purpose, which will not only give meaning to our lives but also make us more productive, efficient and enjoy our lives now as long as we live in this planet earth.

Why God created the earth?

The Creator Himself is answering in His Manual saying “18 For thus says the LORD, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited:” I am the LORD, and there is no other.”” (Isaiah 45:18). Here the Hebrew word for ‘inhabited’ is ‘yashab’ which is the root key word which gives the following meanings such as ‘1) to dwell, remain, sit, abide a) (Qal) 1) to sit, sit down 2) to be set 3) to remain, stay 4) to dwell, have one’s abode b) (Niphal) to be inhabited c) (Piel) to set, place d) (Hiphil) 1) to cause to sit 2) to cause to abide, set 3) to cause to dwell 4) to cause (cities) to be inhabited 5) to marry (give an dwelling to) e) (Hophal) 1) to be inhabited 2) to make to dwell’. Thus the word ‘inhabitate’ means ‘to dwell, abide, to remain, stay, have one’s abode, to continue to dwell forever in a set way’. Here God Himself affirms that the reason He created the earth is to dwell in it forever. This is the original purpose of God in creating the earth.

When God created the earth to inhabit, He set the legal entities which are to inhabit the earth and set a man in charge ‘to tend [cultivate] and keep it’ (Gen 1:15). Man was given absolute dominion. It is described in the first act of creation when God began to create the whole order of earth. The scenario during the creation is described in Genesis 1:26-27, “26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Here the most important thing that we must notice here is,

1) God said, ” Let Us make man in Our image…Our likeness….let them have dominion over….”. From the preceding verse we can understand that God wanted man to be made with a dominion image of Himself [To know more about the dominion image of God, read the following article ‘Dominion-Image of God in Man’]. In other words God wanted to replicate a Spiritual image of Himself [God’s image is a Spiritual image because God is the Spirit in essence and material (2 Cor 3:17)] in man who will rule and take care of earth as God rules from heaven, that is the reason the Lord God formed a dust body from the earth and breathed in to his nostrils the breath of life which is from heaven [i.e. the Spirit which supports life of the spirit to exist in the dust body of man]. From this we understand that the dust of the earth [material-physical man] and ‘the breath of life [non-material spirit man]’ from God who is in heaven meets through the living being [i.e. a individual conscious personality of soul that connects both the spirit and body realm].Once the Spirit of God entered the dust body of man, he became a living being [i.e. a Soul (Ps 104:29-30)] which can relate both to the Spirit world of God and the physical world of man. This indicates that the original purpose of God’s design was for man to be able to connect to the Spirit world of God and be a co-regent with Him over the earth. This connection was set up by God in his spirit man through the Spirit of God. He expected the conscious man to willingly submit to Him and by that connection rule over the earth.

2) God created man in His own image when He said “Let Us make man in our image…”. Then after that He did not say ‘let us have dominion’, But He said, “…let them [i.e. male and female] have dominion…” If He had said ‘let us have dominion’, then God would have put himself in dominion position over the earth along with man. But He did not. Instead He has given to man His delegated authority of dominion over all the earth. To have dominion over something is to rule over it. Man’s original purpose of creation is to rule over the earth [note: not over the heaven]. This is God’s eternal purpose and it will not fail.

3) The extent of man’s dominion is “…over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Notice here that dominion is not over other human beings but over the earth and its environment. Man was not designed to be ruled over and be dictated by other human being in the original design of creation. So only we naturally resist when someone tries to rule over us. Actually every human [i.e. male and female] have an innate desire to rule from the moment they are born in this earth. It is perfectly according to God’s design that it is present in human beings. This desire cannot be achieved without the God-connection in our spirit man, which is the source of our dominion power. In other words the moment we learn to hear a command from our ‘King of kings’ who is seated on the throne of heaven and start to execute it on the earth according to our original design (Rom 10:17; Luke 22:69), the kingdom power will start to manifest through us because as the Bible says the “Where the word of a king is, there is power;…” (Eccl 8:4).

Thus once dominion agenda for man has been set, then God began to execute His original purpose for man. When the original purpose has been set in place, then God blessed man [i.e. both male and female] saying “…Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Gen 1:28). What does it imply to us? If we start to put our focus to the God’s original purpose of creation and start to live it in our lives by renewing our minds through the Creator’s Manual for living [i.e. God’s Word], then God’s blessing [i.e. empowerment] to be fruitful and multiplying, to fill the earth and rule over it, to have dominion over the environment that surrounds us will come in to activation in our lives as the sons and daughters of God (Galatians 4:4-7; Rom 8:14). Don’t think wrongly in unbelief that it cannot happen today as in the days when Jesus walked on this earth when He drove demons out of people, healed the sick, walked on the water, multiplied food for the multitudes, flowed in all the gifts of the Spirit…. The Apostles modeled their lives after Jesus and the result was tremendous which turned the world upside down (1 Cor 11:1; Acts 17:6).

We must also model our lives after the life of Jesus who is our perfect example to live the kingdom life on earth. Only then this original blessing of God which was released during the creation will come and empower us to be successful in this world for the glory of God which will make us be a living witness of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8). This is the true kingdom living that is the need of the hour. Too many people desire to ‘fly to heaven and sing about it’. But God has not kept the kingdom citizens on earth to be powerless and weak, longing to escape to heaven. Do not continue to live with an escapist attitude, but rather be a warrior. Heaven is just a transitory lounge to keep us until Jesus comes back again to establish the original plan of the kingdom of God on earth during His second coming (Rev 19:14-16; 20:4-6).

This is the reason even the twenty four elders in heaven were singing in Revelation 5:8-10, “8 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying: ” You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, 10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.” These redeemed saints were not dreaming to reign in heaven but on the earth, which has been naturally made for the saints to have dominion. Even while the worship goes on before the throne of God, these redeemed saints were bringing to remembrance before God the original purpose for which the Lord designed the earth.

In the Old Testament the office of the priest and kings were separate because once a person in authority becomes oppressive because of a hardened heart against God, it will be very hard for people to go through such oppression because both the religious and political system would together cover both their devotional life and civil life in a nation. But in the original purpose of the kingdom of God since creation everybody is called to be a kingly-priest unto God (1 Peter 2:9; Rev 1:5-6). As a priest we have the rights to supplicate and offer gifts and sacrifice of praise with thanksgiving intimately with God, which will release the power of God from heaven by enthroning God over the physical natural bodies of the saints (Heb 8:3; 13:15-16; Rev 5:8; Ps 22:3). Because we are also kings we will be able to receive the power that comes from heaven as an answer to our every prayer and praise, and will be able to manifest it on earth through the authoritative words that we speak through our mouth (Eccl 8:4; Matt 8:8-10; Mark 11:23-24). Hence every believer in Christ is a kingly-priest who represents God on earth as His children.

Our God is a God of order as the Bible says (1 Cor 14:33). When God sets a law, it is not only a law to us His creation but it is to Him too because of the unchangeableness of His character (Malachi 3:6; James 1:17). This is the reason God says to His children, “…Be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Pet 1:16). In other words God is saying, ‘the holiness you should be is I am already’. God does not tell others to do something that He never does Himself (1 John 4:19). Once He says He never changes the word that has gone out of His mouth, such is the set apartness of God’s word (Isaiah 55:11; Matt 24:35). As a creator, God has the absolute sovereign rights over all his creations. He orchestrates events over the entire universe for His own purpose to be fulfilled (Isaiah 46:9, 10). Yet He never breaks His word.

God has clearly said in His word in Psalms 115:16, “The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s; But the earth He has given to the children of men.” According to this verse the earth has been given to men to have dominion over the works of God (Psalm 8:6). This is the reason God Himself because of His faithfulness to His word did not step in to correct the mistake that Adam did by choosing to disobey the Lord’s command (Gen 2:16-17). If He had stepped in to judge Satan immediately for deceiving Adam, Adam too would have been judged to death immediately and the whole creation would have got wiped out (Rom 6:23). He could have wiped out everything and had the ability to create a new project planet earth and heaven, but because of His love towards us He chose to show mercy towards us sinners through Jesus Christ (Gen 3:15; Heb 2:16). And thus the Lord God made a tunics of skin and clothed both Adam and Eve instead of fig leaves [which easily got dried off and brought their consciousness of nakedness again and again] which they made for themselves to cover their nakedness, as a symbolic gesture of redemption that He will achieve through Jesus Christ in the future (Gen 3:7,21).

When Adam fell from the glory of God (Rom 5:12, 18), He did not lose heaven but He lost His authority and dominion and rulership over the earth and its environment because of a dead spirit in Him. God told to Adam that if he disobeys His command to not eat from the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil, it will result in death [the word death means separation] (Gen 2:16-17). We see that after eating the forbidden fruit, He did not die immediately physically. But the Holy Spirit of God who dwelled inside him, left him from his spirit man and hence man lost his God-connection in this earth. In other words man died spiritually by getting separated from the Spirit of God who dwelt in Him. This is the reason Adam and Eve were not able to walk with the presence of the Lord after their fall, in this way death [separation from God] truly came to the spirit man of all human beings from then on. Because the spirit is eternal it began to work in one way which is shining God’s light in to man’s soul (Prov 20:27).

But he was unable to use his spirit the other way around, which means man lost the ability to reach out to God’s presence, lost the conscious nearness of God and the power to dominate over his own soul, body and his environment. Sin began to take dominion in the natural and condemnation came as a result of it (Rom 6:12; 5:16). From then on only those who had faith were only able to experience the God-connection of the presence of God (Heb 11:4). Even God longed to fill people like Cain with the presence of God. But because of his sinful inclination he chose to walk away from the holy presence of God (Gen 4:16). Cain began to hate God’s presence because he had already started to practice sin in His life (Gen 3:10, 12).

The carnal soulish mind is in enmity against God [i.e. Satan and his demons legally influence our souls due to Adam presenting his obedience to evil when he was tested initially in the Garden of Eden (Rom 6:16;5:19;1 John 3:8)] and thus will hate God’s presence (Rom 8:7; Gal 5:17). Instead of God’s Spirit ruling our spirit and in turn influencing the soul, Satan directly began to influence the soul with His sin of lawlessness which is against the truth of the character of God (1 John 3:2). Man became mentally damaged to such an extent that he lost the understanding and ability to really identify the truth of God’s existence and His pure thoughts, but the spirit of man inside him was always directing Him to seek the Lord (Rom 1:28; 2:14-15; Ps 10:4; 14:1; Eccl 12:5-7).

But the irony is, even though he knew what is good and evil, he lost the ability and power to do good because of the lost God-connection. As man lost his God connection and hence lost his authority, Satan subtly took the dominion that Man had by claiming it illegally by influencing man (Matt 4:8-9). [To know more about the Satan’s fall and his deceit ever since, read the following article ‘The War- Saints against Satan’].

Then Satan began to bully people’s mind with all His lies and perversion constantly and started using them as a pawn to fulfill his own evil desires. So responding to God’s open invitation of faith in God put the connection back with God for those who really hated doing evil in their natural soulish state and sought after God who was reminding them of Good from the spirit of man (Ps 145:18; Prov 8:13; 3:7; 12:5; Gen 6:3,5-8). When man loves wickedness more than the truth of God, he starts to harden his heart which will make him still more disobedient to the voice of God (Exod 4:21; 9:35; 14:5,8; Ps 95:8; Acts 7:51; 2 Thess 2:11-12).

Thus the men of old by faith maintained God-connection by which the Spirit of God who will come upon them and stay with them until they disobeyed God and grieved Him (Judges 16:20; 1 Samuel 16:14; Ps 51:11). But the indwelling Spirit of God was not given to them until Jesus gave it first to the apostles after His resurrection and then to all believers (John 20:21-23; 1 Cor 3:16; Rom 8:9; Heb 11:39). Thus at last Jesus came and redeemed man from lawlessness, and finally restored the God-connection through the Spirit indwelling inside the spirit of man. The original purpose of God’s restoration had been done for humans and it is up to us to live by faith in the kingdom authority realm through our spirit man.

Thus the original purpose of God for redeeming us was not to populate heaven, but to make us kings and priests to Himself, so that we can reign on the earth and populate it with God’s replica which is the born-again renewed dominion spirit of man which rules over sin, sickness, death and over the environment of the whole earth under God. Thus Jesus commands us His disciples who have this dominion spirit-connection with God to “7 … go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matt 10:7-8). The kingdom of God has already come to us and we are the replica and embodiment of it, now it is up to us as kingdom ambassadors to proclaim and invite others to join in, to live and experience this great kingdom life on earth just as Jesus did. As we keep exercising our dominion in our spirit man, the original purpose of God in the creation of earth will be fulfilled through us as a part of the original plan. O what a privilege to be part of God’s great plan for the ages! Praise the Lord!

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