Is God really egotistical? The answer is both yes and no, for He is everlastingly self-existent, and totally independent of all other beings or causes. ‘Thou has created all things and for thy pleasure they are and were created,’ Revelation 4:11. Because of His will they were created through His Word, John 1;1. Every thing belongs to God. Everything was created for His enjoyment just as artists create for their own pleasure. We were created for God’s glory, Isaiah 43:7.
Is God an Egotist?
God is egotistical in that He cannot operate outside Himself. He is just and holy, righteous, gracious and compassionate and all-wisdom. He is eternally merciful, loving and unchanging. God is all-powerful, all-knowing and everywhere present.
There is nothing outside of God, for He is the ultimate source of all existence and power. This is perfect egotism, just as His name is Jealous, for He will have no other god before Him, Exodus 34:14.
All this is difficult for the human mind to grasp. We can think of it like a framed picture. We are in the picture, but God is outside even the frame. The worlds were framed by His Word, Hebrews 11:3, and His Word was there before anything else existed, John 1:1.
Egotism from Man’s Point of View
However, saying God is egotistical and can only serve His own ends, is problematic when viewed through the eyes of sinful man. Fallen man prefers to see himself as a god. Following the disobedience of one man, Adam, Romans 5:12, the soul and flesh reign supreme in sinful man.
Adam walked with God for a long time in the Garden of Eden and experienced a special fellowship with the Creator. The perfect Adam was totally self-contained, living in a world of absolute harmony. In spiritual terms, you could class Adam as being self-contained, or an egotist in the right sense of the word.
Adam chose his wife, who had unwisely listened to the Serpent, Genesis 3 and disobeyed God’s word. Adam was instantly contaminated and passed this contamination down to all his descendants. After the fall man had a different type of relationship with the Creator. Man became dependent on God for his redemption.
Sinful Man and Egotism
For fallen man, egotism is the epitome of everything that is wrong with man, who tries to bring God down to his level. A vast majority refuse to acknowledge that an unseen God even exists. Yet God still offers salvation for all.
We live in a materialistic, Satan energized world, just as it was in the Days of Noah. Only the minority of people worship the one true God. ‘Many are called but few are chosen’, Matthew 22:14. Those who reject God’s call do so willingly, for man has been given a free will.
God gave His only Son that He might lift us up to Himself. We can only know the Father through the Son, John 14:6. Only when man accepts Jesus Christ as his Saviour and the human spirit is born again, John 3:5,6, can man once more walk in fellowship with a holy God.
Yet this fellowship can never be the type Adam first experienced in the Garden of Eden. Even in eternity, we will be the redeemed, Hebrews 9:12.
The End from Before the Beginning
God knows the end, even before the beginning, Isaiah 46:10. Before God created Adam, He knew exactly what Adam would do. He created Lucifer, the most beautiful angel in Heaven, Ezekiel 28:13-15; Isaiah14:13-1. God knew what Lucifer would become and would take a third of the angels with him. Satan’s totally egotistical desire was and is to undo the work of the Creator.
So why would God bother in the first place? The end result of eternal redemption is what it is all about. The lamb, the redeemer was slain before the foundation of the world, Revelation 13:8. Eons before the problem arose the solution was provided.
All are Accountable to God
‘All souls belong to God, Ezekiel; 18:4, and we are all are accountable to God, 2 Corinthians 5:10. Every person who has ever lived will be resurrected, either unto eternal life with God, or eternal separation from God, in the place of weeping and gnashing of teeth, Matthew 22:12,13.
Jesus spoke not only of heaven, but He spoke more about hell than any other person in the bible. Sinner’s names will be removed from the Book of Life, Revelation 3:5; 20:15. Those whose names are still written in the book of life, Revelation 13:8, will be in harmonious fellowship with the Creator.
This will be a deeper relationship than what Adam had. The overcomers have been tested and tried in the fiery trials of living in a natural world, where Satan is the prince of the power of the air, Ephesians 2:2.
Overcomers are Very Special
Those who accept God’s call and overcome the desires of the flesh and temptations of this world, are very special in the eyes of God. They acknowledge how totally dependent they are on the Creator.
Old Testament people who believed in Yahweh, had a certain type of relationship with God. Christ’s sacrifice and victory on Calvary saw Satan defeated, Hebrews 2:14,15. New Testament saints are admonished to mature to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ, Ephesians 4:13.
This is a conscious choice, but there may be many who will enter heaven who have fallen far short of this. They will be perfect in what measure they yielded to the Spirit of God. How precious are the ones who are prepared to daily surrender their lives to the all-powerful God and not afraid to enter into fellowship with Him.
Reflect the Glory of God
We were created for God’s glory, Isaiah 43:7, and designed to uniquely reflect the glory of God, 2 Corinthians 3:18. Jesus said, we are the light of the world, Matthew 5:14-16, and God’s witness to an unsaved world. Our names remain written in the book of life, Revelation 13:8. For all eternity we will show the glory and wonder of an awesome God.
We are diamonds forged under extreme pressure and paid for with the sinless blood of the Son, 1 Corinthians 6:20. Our Heavenly Father created us for His pleasure that we might perfectly and eternally walk in close fellowship with the Great I Am. What an awesome promise that is.