Why Did God Create Man?

This is Genesis 1:26-27:
Then God said,

“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the
sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that
creeps on the earth.”

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female
he created them. What does it mean to be created in the image of God? Books by the hundreds have been written on the imago dei, as it’s called. It’s a huge issue. Is it reason, is it emotion, is it that we have moral accountability? How are we like God? I’m going to avoid the whole controversy and say something much simpler: Images are created to image. Right? Why do you ever set up an image of anything? To image it! You put up a statue of Stalin, you
want people to look at Stalin and think about Stalin. You put up a statue of George Washington, look at it and think about the founding fathers. Images are made to image. So if God made us, unlike all the other animals, in his image, whatever it means in detail, this it means clearly: God’s the reality and we’re the image. Images are created to set forth the reality.Why did God create man? To show God! He created little images so that they would talk and act and feel in a way that reveals the way God is. So people would look at the way you behave, look at the way you think, the
way you feel, and say, God must be great, God must be real. That is why you exist. God didn’t create you as an end in yourself. He’s the end, you’re the means. And the reason that’s such good news is because the best way to show that God is infinitely valuable is to be supremely happy in him. If God’s people are bored with God, they are really bad images. God is not unhappy about himself. He is infinitely excited about his own glory.

– John Piper, 

pg. 41, A Holy Ambition to Preach Christ Where He Has Not Been Named


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