In the beginning, Adam and Eve walked and talked with God. They had a relationship with Him.
In the New Testament, Jesus said eternal life is knowing God and Jesus Christ. John 17:3. Our life here on earth is about eternal life. I have always thought (and I think most people do) that eternal life just meant living forever, but Jesus defined eternal life as something much more. Shortly before His death, He prayed in John 17:1-3, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that He may also glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that You may give eternal life to as many as You have given Him., And this is eternal life, that they might know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”
If we go back to the garden of Eden, we see God barring access to the tree of Life from Adam and Eve, “lest they eat of it and stay in their sinful condition forever.” Our compact with God now provides the right to “eat” of “the tree of Life” (which is Jesus, Who is the source of all true spiritual knowledge) because redemption from our sins has been paid for and we have received it. We can now “come boldly to the throne of grace to receive mercy in time of need.” (Hebrews 10) The way to know God has been fully opened to us.
God is working to bring us back to the one goal that should be our single aim in life around which everything else revolves, including our choice of marriage partners, our careers, where we should live, every decision….it’s all about Him! Ephesians 2:20 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” “All things are to be summed up in Him, things in Heaven and things upon the earth.” Ephesians 1:10. Jeremiah 1:5 points to the fact that we are each here for a specific purpose that God has planned. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
It truly is all about Him. He is the Judge of mankind. All judgment has been given to Jesus Christ; the Father now judges no one because of HIs sacrifice. John 5:22-23
It took 4000 years to get Jesus born into the earth through a woman “in the fullness of time.” Galatians 4:14. All throughout the Old Testament, men worshipped God. After Noah preached for 100 years while building the ark, the flood came and wiped all mankind off the earth, except for the eight people in the ark. The first thing Noah did after he was able to embark was to worship God, to build an altar and worship Him. And at that, God promised never to destroy the earth with a flood again. At the end of Genesis chapter 4, we see that men began to call upon the name of the Lord.
Not all men after that worshipped, but all throughout Old Testament history, there were men who sought God, talked to God, heard from God, got direction from Him and fought battles and won them in His name. Man’s understanding is limited whereas God’s mind is infinite. We come from Him, we are like Him, we are regenerated human beings if we are saved and filled with His Spirit, but we are not Him. He is still the boss by virtue of being the Creator. It’s better to learn that lesson early in life.
In the book of Revelation, again we see worship going on into eternity. The outpouring of the love of the redeemed of the Lord will never be spent, never satiated, will never burn out as they continually give expression to the fact that Someone loved them enough to rescue them from sin, destruction and the devil, by taking the death penalty they themselves deserved. Once a person understands that, they can only worship the Lamb Who sits on the throne.
Hallelujah. We love You forever, Lord Jesus.