“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.” (Genesis 1:26–27 ESV)
The People of God are Brought into Divine Fellowship
It is this longing in God for a bride that troubled my mind. God is eternally happy, he does not need anything, so how then can he possibly have longing or desire for anything? Was God the Son lonely when he asked his Father for a bride? Can God be lonely when he is with God? If God eternally exists in holy fellowship, always loving and yielding and joyful in himself then why make man? Why make man if he is satisfied without man?
Now we behold a mystery: why God created man. Not because he needed man or was unhappy or unfulfilled. No, God created man because he has the power to replenish his own longings eternally and when he thought of what would please his own heart the most it was the creation of man. God has unlimited power and can do whatever he wants to bring himself joy forever and what he came up with was you and me. You and I are the dream of God’s heart.
Just look at John 17:24 again and see that it was an omnipotent God who could provide for the Son eternal joy by giving him the gift of his people: “they also, whom you have given me”. What is important to understand is that it is the Father that is fulfilling the Son and making him eternally happy and it is the Son that is making the Father eternally happy, therefore they are not dependent on man. God is answering God. God is fulfilling God with his most prized and thoughtful creation, for he has the power to do anything he desires, even create persons like himself; the object of his greatest affection. Imagine the Father looking upon the Son and saying “fulfill the dream of my heart” and to this the Son responds by redeeming the children of God and presenting them to him. The Son looks upon the Father and says, “Father fulfill the dream of my heart” and the Father gives him a spotless wife who will share in his eternal purpose. In order to replenish eternal desire the Father and the Son created you and me.