God is The Almighty God. He is Creator. He is Sovereign Lord. Moses, in his song, put it like this: “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God (Psalm 90:2).”
Nothing can be added to Him to improve Him. Nothing can be taken from Him to diminish Him. He is God, a whole other category of Being separate from any and all things or persons. The worm and the archangel are of the same kind. God created both. Both have a beginning and are subject to their creator. God is eternal, without beginning, without ending, not subject to time or any other part of His creation. God is the uncreated One who exists above time and space.
“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones (Isa 57:15).”
This eternal God has always existed in relationship; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Father loves the Son. The Son loves the Father, and the Spirit loves the Father and the Son, and is equally loved by them. In the Trinitarian fellowship there is perfect harmony in love, respect and adoration. This is worship.
God loves and adores Himself, and rightly so. He being the sole creator, the only One of His kind, wholly Other, wholly good, wholly righteous and wholly pure, is the only Being who should love and adore Himself. To do any other thing would be completely incongruous with Who He is. Perfection cannot, not love perfection.
When God sent His Son into the world, He added nothing to Himself. There was no need in God that compelled Him to send Christ to save sinners. Christ did not come to fulfill a need in God. He came as the expression of the overflow of the love of God, and the most loving thing God could do for sinners was to secure a way they could reflect the Person of His Son. The Bible teaches that God sent Christ Jesus into the world to secure a people made in the likeness of His Son.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren (Rom 8:28-29).”
These verses tell us that God has one purpose in saving men. They tell us that God is working everything in the lives of those He saves for that one purpose. These verses reveal to us what that one purpose is. His children are to be conformed to the image of his Son.
And these verses even give us the reason for God’s desire to conform His children to the image of His Son. It is so that”. . . he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
God the Father so loves the Son that He desires a whole family of children who are made in the image of His Son. The Holy Spirit so loves the Son that He is working in the lives of God’s children to literally form them into the likeness of the Son. The Son so loves Himself that He was willing to come and die to purchase a group of human beings that would be conformed to His own image.
“For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me (Heb 2:10-13).”
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is (1John 2:2).”
To be brought into the adoring, loving and worshiping fellowship of the Trinitarian relationship is the highest privilege on earth and will be our greatest joy in heaven. Are you in this relationship? I believe it is the major reason Jesus died and rose again.
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God . . . (1 Peter 3:18).”