Because God wants us to know what He’s like, He sent His Son—His exact representation—to live among men.
Our Creator never intended to be distant from mankind. Instead, He has always wanted an intimate, loving relationship with us. We know this because …
• He sent His Son. Christ came to earth so we could know God the Father. Jesus is His exact representation; His words and works were the same as God’s (John 5:19; John 12:50). Therefore, when we look at the Son, we are seeing the character of our Father in heaven.
• He adopted us as His children. Through salvation, God invites us to join His family (John 1:12). This close relationship with our heavenly Father lasts for eternity, providing us with support, encouragement, and love.
• He is our friend forever. By calling His disciples “friends” (John 15:15), Jesus revealed a special aspect of His relationship with His followers. Christ is a friend who will never desert or turn away from us (Hebrews 13:5).
• His spirit indwells us. From the moment of salvation, we have the presence of the Holy Spirit within our being. He is closer to us than any earthly kin can be.
God desires intimacy with us, and our highest calling is to live for Him all of our days (Colossians 3:23). As we do, the Spirit will transform us to resemble the Lord more and more over the course of our life.
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