Each of us has asked himself why he lives in this world and what the purpose of his life is. The following six points will briefly outline God's plan for our lives as described in the Bible. If we understand it, we will also get an answer to the question of the meaning of our lives.
God desires to be expressed through human beings. Therefore, He also created man in His own image (Genesis 1:26) Just as a glove was made to fit a hand, man was created in the image of God. Just as the glove was made to receive the hand and move with the hand, man was created to receive God and be filled and guided by Him.
God created man as a vessel with three parts: the body, the soul and the spirit. The body is material, relates to the material world and absorbs material things.
With the abilities of the soul (psyche) we maintain the relationship with other people, we think, feel, wish, plan and we process what we perceive. The spirit of man, however, his innermost hidden part (not to be confused with the mind, which belongs to the soul), God created with the intention that man should receive him there and there also have contact with him and worship him. So man was ultimately created with the purpose that he should receive God, who is spirit, with his spirit and have relationship with him. Only when God dwells in his spirit can he establish a true relationship with Him.
The fall of man
Man was first created neutral, the spirit of God did not yet dwell in him. Before he could receive God, who is the Spirit and eternal life, with his spirit, sin entered him. Through sin, his spirit died and he lost his relationship with God. His soul, his whole mind became indifferent and even hostile to God, his Creator, and his body developed into sinful flesh. Thus sin corrupted the whole man, his body, soul and spirit and alienated him from God. Man's spirit was without function, was dead. This is the state we are in today. It is understandable that God could not connect with such a man; something had to be done.
Christ accomplished redemption so that God could come into man
The Fall of man could not prevent God from carrying out His original plan. He loves man, but he cannot simply pass over sin, for he is righteous. So he himself became a man in Jesus Christ. Then Christ died vicariously for us humans on the cross to redeem us, taking away man's sin by taking it upon Himself, and clearing the way to God. When he rose again from death, he became the Spirit who gives life, in order to give his Spirit, his divine eternal life, into the spirit of man. Through this, he can be experienced today.
The rebirth of man
Since Christ took upon Himself the sin that separates man from God on the cross and became the life-giving Spirit, man can now receive God's eternal life into his spirit. This is what the Bible calls being born again. Whoever wants to be born again needs the realization that he is a sinner. Then he must accept the redemptive work of Christ in faith by speaking to Jesus Christ with an open, honest heart, such as: "Lord Jesus, I am a sinner. I need you. Thank you for dying for me. Lord Jesus, forgive me and cleanse me from all my sins. I believe that you rose from the dead; I receive you now as my Savior. Come into me now and fill me with your life!"
God's complete work of salvation
After salvation and rebirth in the spirit, baptism follows. Then God, who until now dwells only in the believer's spirit, gradually begins to expand and dwell in his soul as well. This process, which the Bible calls salvation, transformation, or renewal of the soul, lasts throughout the whole life and also requires cooperation on our part. Our cooperation consists in allowing the Lord to expand in our souls until finally our desires, thoughts and decisions coincide with his. When Christ returns, God will also completely permeate the body of believers with His life. Man, who was formerly empty and corrupt to God, will then have returned to his original purpose and be glorified, as the Bible describes.