Why God Created Man &...
God created man to bear His image in a receptive-faith relationship, and thus to allow the invisible character of God to be manifested visibly in the behavior of man. Man was created for God's glory (Isa. 43:7), but God does not give His glory to another (Isa. 42:8;48:11). God can only be glorified by the divine expression of His all-glorious character in man's behavior enabled by His indwelling presence and dynamic of grace. God only desires the expression of Himself within His creation.
In the fall of man into sin "in Adam," man forfeited the presence of God indwelling his spirit. Mankind was "without God" (Eph. 2:12), and "devoid of the Spirit" (Jude 19). The absence of the presence of God in natural man meant that there was no divine dynamic for man to function as he was originally designed to function, i.e. to express the character of God.
God’s intent, of course, was that His Spirit might dwell in the spirit of man in order to empower, generate and produce divine character expressed in the behavior of the human creature. With that objective in mind, the Lord “formed the spirit of man within him” (Zech. 12:1). In the original man, “the Lord God breathed into him the spirit of life” (Gen. 2:7), and man became a spiritually and behaviorally functional creature. After the fall of man into sin, God sent His Son, Who by His death, resurrection, ascension, and Pentecostal outpouring serves as the Spirit of Christ Who “bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Rom. 8:16), and provides the indwelling basis of our being able to “worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).