Do you know why you are here? Why did your Creator bring you into existence? To serve Him? To do something important? No, it was simply to be loved. It was to be brought into the Circle of Love that has always existed in eternity. The quality of love shared among the members of the Trinity has always been perfect. There was no way it could be enhanced, but it could be expanded. That’s why you’re here; so that you can belong to Perfect Love.
Divine love can be nothing less than perfect love.
In the beauty of the eternal plan, this love finds greater expression in quantity, not quality. The quality of love was impossible to enhance, but our wise God knew that the dance could be extended to include others, thus making it a shared experience beyond the Father, Son, and Spirit. That’s where you come into the picture. Humanity was created to participate in the great dance. We did nothing to deserve to be included, but the fact that He has included us has beautifully expanded the dance of God into a dance of grace.
Only a God who is pure love would do such a thing as that!
The Father, Son, and Spirit already knew and enjoyed a perfect relationship, so why else would He purpose to create a species with which He might share this love? What could possibly motivate Him to want to expand the circle? Love—that is the only possible reason. Our God is a selfless, generous, other-centered, giving God. He didn’t need you. He wanted you!
My friend Francois DuToit puts it well in his rendering of Ephesians 1:4-6 in the Mirror Bible.
“He associated us in Christ before the fall of the world! Jesus is God’s mind made up about us! He always knew in his love that he would present us again face-to-face before him in blameless innocence. He is the architect of our design; his heart dream realized our coming of age in Christ. His grace-plan is to be celebrated: he greatly endeared us and highly favored us in Christ. His love for his Son is his love for us.”
You aren’t simply a cog in the cosmic wheel. You are your Father’s dream come true!
The apostle Paul described us as God’s masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10 nlt). You have been embraced and bound up in Jesus Christ and are now His very offspring (see Acts 17:28). You have been set in the place of a child who is loved and accepted by the Father just as surely as Jesus Himself knows that love and acceptance.
The Word for You
If the news that God has always intended to include you in the circle of His Trinitarian life seems too good to be true, consider this biblical witness: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). The New Living Translation renders the verse, “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Why is Jesus called the Word? The answer to that, we must first define the meaning of the term itself. What is the meaning of word? It is the expressed embodiment of a concept conveyed from one person to another. In other words, it’s the way something in one person’s mind makes its way to the other person.
We know that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit all share the same essence. They live in complete openness and transparency among themselves. None has to inform the others about things they don’t know because they already all know.
So for Jesus to be identified as the Word who already existed at the beginning is very significant. A word exists for the purpose of communicating to another—but each person in the Godhead already fully knows everything the other persons know, so why did this Word exist in the beginning?
If Jesus, as the Word, didn’t need to communicate anything to the Father or the Spirit, to whom did He have something to communicate?
The answer is thrilling. The intended recipient of the Word is you. God had something He wanted to tell you before the first proton and neutron began to vibrate. What was this important news He arranged to tell you long before you were even here to tell?
It is that He loves you, that He always has and always will.
The fact that the Word was there from the very beginning, and the fact that there certainly was nothing He needed to communicate in Himself among the persons of the Trinity, is the basis of this great gospel of love that has the power to transform the whole cosmos. Look back into the place before time began, and you’ll find a loving God whose heart rejoiced at the thought of bringing you into existence so He could share His love with you.
PS. Have you read my book, ‘Beyond an Angry God’? I go into great depth on this subject in it. You can get it here.