The question “What is God’s purpose in the world he created?” is intimidating. God is an infinite being and our knowledge of Him is not exhaustive. However, the Bible emphasizes the declaration of God’s glory above all else as His purpose in the world.
The purpose of God in the world is to bring glory to Himself, and rightfully so. He created the heavens and the earth (Gen. 1) and they tell of His glory (Ps. 19:1). He created humanity in His image (Gen. 1:26), so that in our original created state, humans could bring Him glory.
However, humanity has not remained in our original created state. The First and Second Commandments state that God requires each of us to please Him first, “for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God” (Ex. 20:5).
By examining ourselves in view of the Third through Tenth Commandments (each explaining the various ways we have sinned against God), we then can see ourselves in our present sinful state the way God see us.
Therefore, because we are in our present sinful state, God seeks to save us by grace through faith in His Son Jesus (Luke 19:10; Eph. 2:8), so that He can re-create us into the image of His Son (Rom. 8:29). He does this by working in His redeemed “both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13).
God says of Himself in the Bible that He is holy (Lev. 11:44). “Holy” means morally superior or perfect. God’s nature is moral perfection. He is the the unbroken fulfillment of the Ten Commandments. While we are unholy in thought, word and deed, God remains holy.
Two characteristics of God flow from His moral perfection. First, God perfectly loves. His love provided humanity a choice to please God or please self. Humanity fell from moral rightness with God by choosing to please self before God.
Second, God perfectly judges. He is just. From out of His perfection God will give to all people what they deserve (Matt. 16:24). What each of us deserve because of sin is eternal death, otherwise know as hell (Rom. 6:23).
This is the significance of Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. Being both human and divine, Christ lived perfectly according to the Ten Commandments. In Human flesh, Christ proved Holy. And as God, being eternally divine, Jesus fulfilled the demands of God’s eternal Law, suffering the eternal penalty of Sin on behalf of all who repent and put their faith in Him. All of this happens according to God’s purpose for the world He created.
This is why Paul said, “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent (and place your hope in Jesus Christ), because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).
God’s purpose in the world He created is to re-create a people for His glory through faith in His son Jesus.