God's ultimate purpose is to live with man. The end of the story ends with the Creator of the universe, living with the children of men. As John wrote, "I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God." God's ultimate purpose is to create a family and have a place to call home. He desires to have a home where, mutual love reigns supreme, where He dwells with His people. God wants all mankind to participate in this glorious reality. This earth is simply preparation for eternal partnership.
We have been created for partnership with God. This is why the church is figuratively called, "the bride of Christ." The book ends with mankind being joined to God in an eternal partnership. When we come to God we are saying YES to God's proposal. His proposal is, "I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people." Our Lord's desire is clear, "that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me."
God wants a family and a place to live and desires to become one with mankind. The whole plan of salvation is to restore humans, so we can be a participant in God's original purpose. God has decided to dwell, in and with, mankind both now and forever. In this life, we get a foretaste of glory by our bodies being the home of God. Just think, that the creator of the galaxy wanted a place to dwell and He picked us to be His habitation. This gives new meaning to the statement, "how lovely is your dwelling place oh, Lord, almighty". We are His dwelling place, both individually and corporately, from now to the end of time.
The word, "dwell," according to the Strong's dictionary, is a fascinating word. It means; to cohabit, to exist together, and to live together as partners. God has decided to cohabit with man kind, through the presence of the Holy Spirit. We are partners with God and we live together, He is not a visitor. The Great mystery is, Christ and His Church. He left His Father in heaven to come to earth, to find His partner. As it is written, "For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh."
Christ left His Father, to find His bride. Christ found His bride broken and bruised, and laden down with religious demands. He found her, naked, abandoned and abused by the religious system that was supposed to care for her. He found her full of guilt and shame caused by living below her privileges. He found her worthy of death and unable to pay for the debt from her mistakes. Christ came to redeem His partner and companion from the wages of sin, and to prepare her for being together with Him, for all eternity How exciting!
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