Bible Question:

In the section titled What We Believe, it says that God's reason for saving us is so that He may receive glory from our lives. I believe that He wants us to live lives that glorify Him, but I believe the foremost reason for saving us is to save us from our sins so that we may be able to have a personal relationship with Him.

Bible Answer:

You are correct that God does want us to live in such a way that we glorify Him. That is the message of many scriptures.

Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.  Matthew 5:16  (NASB)

Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31  (NASB)

In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation — having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.  Ephesians 1:13-14  (NASB)

Have you ever wondered why God created us? Life on a new and perfect world must have been awesome, but then our first parents, Adam and Eve, sinned and now we are living in a defective world. I am also surprised that He then wanted to give us spiritual life. Why did He do these two things?

Created For Fellowship

Genesis 3:8 tells us that God used to spend time with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day . . . (NASB) Genesis 3:8

The Hebrew verb, halak, translated as “walking” actually refers to repetitive and habitual movement in general. We are told that they heard Him moving. They recognized His movement because this was a habitual pattern. This means that God was visiting them every day. Why? Job gives us a clue when he says this,

What is man that You magnify him, and that You are concerned about him, that You examine him every morning and try him every moment? (NASB) Job 7:17-18

Job states that God is concerned about us and watches us every day. That implies He cares about us. Why? The answer to that question is finally provided in 1 John 1:3,

. . . what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. (NASB) 1 John 1:3

Why is God interested in us? He loves us and wants fellowship with us! That is, He wants a personal and close relationship with each one of us.

Saves Us Because He Loves

God also forgives our sins so that we can be spiritually alive because He loves us.

. . .God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (NASB) Romans 5:8

Love and holiness are two great attributes of God. God is seeking a relationship with His creatures. He is waiting for us to respond but we are delaying.

Conclusion:

Luke 10:25 tells us that a lawyer asked Jesus what he should do to have eternal life. Jesus then asked the lawyer what he thought. He responded with this statement,

And he answered, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” (NASB) Luke 10:27

Jesus told him that he had answered correctly. Just think, true faith results in real love for Jesus Christ. Real faith really loves God. It results in a meaningful relationship.

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