Perhaps one of the most beautiful and life-affirming passages in the Bible are the words of David in Psalm 139. “My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all are written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” Psalm 139:15-16.
Paul also wrote in Ephesians 1:4: “Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.”
God has carefully and individually made each of us, “fearfully and wonderfully.” (Psalm 139:14) So if He thought of us and created each of us so intentionally, we need to understand His purpose for the lives He has given us.
A body You have prepared for Me
Jesus was with the Father as a master craftsman when He marked out the foundations of the earth. He rejoiced in all His inhabited world, but His delight was with the sons of men. (Proverbs 8:22-31) So when the time was right, Jesus was given a body on earth, as the Son of Man. In that body, all the will of God would be done, and none of the will of the body.
“… a body you have prepared for Me … to do Your will, O God.” Hebrews 10:5-7
When He had completed that work, and opened up a way so that the sons of men could follow Him on it, He committed His Spirit back to His Father, untainted by His human nature and sin, but with the complete fullness of divine nature. The Holy Spirit was then sent to earth, to guide us in the steps of the Master, so that we can also be partakers of the divine nature. (Acts 1:1-4; 2 Peter 1:2-4)
God, the Father of spirits (Hebrews 12:9), who knew us before the foundation of the world, gave us a body as He did Jesus. His purpose is that we should follow in Jesus’ footsteps, so that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10) “Always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.” 2 Corinthians 4:10. In this way our spirits are tested, and proven as gold tried in the fire, so that they are worthy of eternal life. (1 Peter 1:6-7)
A perfect plan for our lives
God has prepared specific works for each of us to walk in. (Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 2:12-14) He has specially curated a plan for our lives in the most perfect way for us to overcome the sin in our own flesh, and so that our spirits, which God is zealous for, could return to Him full of the virtues of Christ; divine nature. So that an entrance will be supplied abundantly to us, back into the everlasting Kingdom. (2 Peter 1:2-11)
In these bodies, we also have a human nature, which has a will of its own that is in conflict with the will of God. So our spirit has to fight a battle against the lusts and desires of the flesh. Things that go on around us have an effect on us, and we are tempted. Thoughts that are not from God, and that would draw us away from our connection with Him try to enter in. (James 1:14-15) We need to suffer in our flesh, crucify that human nature, and cease from sin, just as Jesus did, “who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth.” (1 Peter 2:21-22; 1 Peter 4:1-2)
God wants to share His own nature with us, and the transformation from human nature to divine nature is the purpose of our relatively short time on earth. (2 Peter 1:2-4) If we are to be presented “holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight,” fully sanctified, then we need to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. (Colossians 1:21-22; Philippians 2:12)
There is no time to mess around, wasting our time in doing our own will. We are here to do God’s will, and to do that we need to be extremely humble, acknowledge our weaknesses as human beings, and go to the throne of grace, where we get the help we need to overcome sin, as God intended and promised. (Hebrews 4:16) The Holy Spirit who led Jesus through His flesh will also lead us through ours. That’s why it is written in Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
God’s desire for us
We were foreknown and predestined to be conformed to the image of Jesus. (Romans 8:29-30) God’s desire for us is that we gain divine nature, which is eternal life. We are to overcome all sin, and in that process build the body of Christ, the church, which will be to His glory both on earth and for all eternity. This is the very reason that He formed us so fearfully and wonderfully.
That’s why Paul exhorts us to “Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-6. In that way, we keep our eternal calling and election sure. (2 Peter 1:10-11)