What if God wasn't speaking to "nothing" in the beginning? What if He wasn't commanding things to come out of "nothing". What if He was speaking to Himself? What if He was speaking to His vary nature and commanding it to take shape? What if He was speaking to His image and commanding it to become something tangible and capable of interaction?
What if creation had less to do with God being lonely and more to do with God desiring to reproduce Himself? As every great artist does.
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
Romans 1:20 (ESV)
What if God was not creating a people to look up from the earth in lowliness, but was actually intending to expand the community that already existed within Himself? What if He was shaping His very nature into creation, and then speaking His Lordship and Authority into humanity, so that we could know Him and love Him in the same way that He knows and loves Himself?
What if giving us authority over creation was more than just a part of His design for the earth? What if creation actually is His image and nature solidified, and by handing it to us, He was making a declaration of intimacy. What if creation was His marriage vow to us? What if it was God saying, "You are now the wielder of my nature. All that I am belongs to You. This is my heart, and you rule it forever."
What if God did not create mankind to rest in our lowliness, but was shaping us to come right into the community He already enjoyed within Himself.
What if we really are the Bride of God?
I don't know about you, but I don't think this whole deal was just a pastime for God. I think we were made for something more than service. I think we were made for intimacy. I think God not only gave us authority over the earth, but over His heart. For the rest of eternity, God's desire and love and community will include mankind. He will never give up on us or remove us from the equation. We are as rooted into His community as He is. Because He didn't just create us. He created us from Himself, and then He crowned us heirs.
I am not just His. He. Is. Mine.
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