The superabundance of God’s love required a receptacle that was not within the Trinity. …the Son’s desire for a counterpart was not rooted in any deficiency within Himself. It was instead rooted in the overflowing excess of divine love. It was this suppressed desire, therefore, that provoked the Son’s desire for a counterpart and that drove the Father to act on behalf of the Son.

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We can rightly say that God created everything for His Son to have a counterpart, a helpmate, a bride. God’s love for His Son drove Him to create. In the words of Paul Billheimer, “A godly romance is at the heart of the universe and is the key to all existence. From all eternity God purposed that at some point in the future His Son should have an Eternal Companion, described by John the Revelator as ‘the bride, the Lamb’s wife.'”

From chapter 5 of Frank Viola’s book “From Eternity to Here: Rediscovering the Ageless Purpose of God.”

I am traveling today, so I don’t have time to flesh out my thoughts on the above quote or on the chapter from which it comes. Instead, let’s discuss it in the comments.

  • What do you think of this as a motivation for God to create the universe, humans, and ultimately, the bride of Christ?
  • What have you heard is the reason for God to create, and to create the church?
  • Did/Does that explanation for why we are here satisfy you?
  • What do you believe is the reason?