The Purpose for Mankind’s Creation
In my series of posts on the Invisible War I have been emphasizing the events of pre-history, namely Satan’s rebellion and God’s laying waste to the earth in response to that rebellion. I am now going to move the forward to the next chapter of our story which is the creation of man.
If you talk to many Christians about why God created mankind you will get an answer of “for His good pleasure.” That is certainly true but it is not a very deep answer. Hasn’t God revealed more of His purpose for us than that? Yes He has (He didn’t have to but He has). The purpose for our creation is to resolve the angelic conflict that is occurring to this day all around us but which we are not allowed to witness directly.
I am going to provide two excerpts from Pastor Barnhouse on this topic. Of course these excerpts claim that there is a purpose for mankind beyond being will-less automatons so many Christians will reject them. Be that as it may, understanding our purpose in creation is critical and the concept that we are being used to resolve the angelic conflict is one worth considering.
Here is Pastor Barnhouse:
Although we are interested here in man only insofar as he is a part of the invisible war, he is such an important weapon in that war that it is necessary to understand the nature of his creation. God was choosing man as the arm which would defeat Satan, both in bringing him to naught and in replacing him in the scheme of the government of the universe. It was to be out of man that Christ would come, and it would be through certain chosen members of the human race that God would proclaim the defeat of Satan (Ephesians 3:10).
It is often possible to read the thoughts of a man by his actions. Watch a shoplifter in a store looking around him every way, moving furtively, slipping an article into his pocket before walking away casually, and you can read the thoughts of the man. Watch Satan moving into the garden of Eden, opening his attack on Eve, and you can deduce his thoughts when he saw the first man and woman placed on this earth. The earth was Satan’s kingdom; God-had set him in power over it (Ezekiel 28:14). Moreover, Satan had never been dispossessed by any edict of God. Satan’s attack on man was a frontal attack on God Himself. The Almighty had placed an offensive force in the midst of the enemy held territory. To proceed against this force was to proceed against the Power which had placed it there. However, the action would end, as all other satanic actions must end, with dust in the mouth for Satan. For the battle of the garden of Eden, though on the surface a victory for Satan, was in reality the beginning of his ultimate rout; it contained the seed from which would develop the most shameful phases of his ultimate defeat.
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Is not the fury of Satan’s resentment reflected in his actions? Was he not saying in his heart: “Even though I could not dispel darkness, bring order out of chaos, or create new beings to follow me, does God think that He shall replace me with this puny creature, man? I, who am higher than all the angels, the archangel, the seraphs and the cherubs, shall I be dispossessed by one who is lower than the angels? God may well say to man that he is to have dominion over the fish of the sea, the fowl of the air, the cattle, and over all the earth, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth (Genesis 1:26), but He will have to do better than Adam if He thinks He is going to oust me. I am wiser than Adam, and I shall now move to attack God by seducing Adam away from Him, and I shall attach him to me. Just as I got many of the angels to follow me in my rebellion, so I shall get man to leave God and give allegiance to me.”
So, the war, which had remained in a quiet phase throughout the period when the earth had been a wreck and a ruin, was now renewed in great intensity. God moved a new combatant into the field, established a beachhead and Satan attacked. When we remember his objective, we understand the nature of his defeat. His was a dual purpose: he was moving, by the diplomacy of seductive temptation, to get man away from God, but more than this, he was seeking to jet man to give his allegiance to himself.
The third chapter of Genesis has become one of the great battlegrounds of human thought. Satan must hate it more than any other page in the history of writing, with perhaps the one exception of the cry on the cross that announced the doom of Satan: It is finished” (John 19:30). His efforts to destroy it and with it the memory of his defeat are paralleled many times in human relationships…
The Invisible War