Of course, God does not need human beings in order to exist. He existed long before there were any. Yet He was not satisfied. There was something missing for Him. He is spirit, but He wants to be expressed in the material realm. He wants friends.
In the beginning of the Bible, after God made man, it says that then He rested. That rest suggests a satisfaction. Satisfaction comes from getting what you desire, often what you have longed and waited a long time for. The Creator longed for a compatible creature.
When Adam was made, God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make a helper suitable for him.” 1 Every creature that He made He brought before Adam, but none was found that was suitable or compatible. None could satisfy what God had seen was lacking in Adam. He was put into a deep sleep and a rib taken out of his side. From it woman was formed. Can you imagine the joy in Adam when he awoke and saw her? As beautiful and wonderful as the garden must have been, can you imagine the empty place that she filled? No more loneliness!
God understood Adam's need. He had made Adam in His image. The need that Adam had is representative of something going on in the Creator. The Bible tells of God's tremendous desire to be connected to His highest creation – mankind. Since the beginning He has been committed to being a friend to them, even a Father. Unfortunately, mankind has rarely shown the same commitment to Him.
Friends love at all times.2 They are allied in the same cause. But from very near the start of history, men and women have allied themselves with God's enemy. How much it must have hurt the Creator for His pure love to be rejected!
Maybe some don't think God can be hurt, but we can be hurt, and He made us in His image. Maybe the purer someone's love is, the more it hurts when the one he loves chooses to love another. Oh, the joy and satisfaction when He created man, male and female! Oh, the pain when they chose to turn away from Him! No more satisfaction!
But the Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; if He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong his days, and the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand. As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied. (Isaiah 53:10-11, NASB)
God's heart is so wonderful towards mankind that He even chose to send His own Son to be put to death as the sacrifice for our sins. That sacrifice would bring about what He always wanted. His act of unfathomable love would capture our hearts so that we would once again ally ourselves with Him. The payment for our sins would open up a channel between us and Him, allowing His love to be poured out in our hearts.3 Love in a person's heart causes love to take action in his life. His love can give us the power to triumph over sin.
Just as the first Eve was taken out of the first Adam's side, so the second Eve came out of the side of the second Adam.4 God took a rib out of Adam's side to form Eve. The bone that protected his heart was formed into the creature who would protect what was in his heart. The blood and water that flowed out of Yahshua's side is what can cleanse a man and make him a new creation. Out of His side came a new creature created in Him for the purpose of protecting and expressing what is in His heart.
He needs us! He needs and desires a bride, and He can't return until she has made herself ready,5 having put all of His enemies under His feet.6
Every spirit that has ever stood in the way of men and women being God's true friends must be overcome by man. It is what God needs man to do right now. Then His good pleasure will prosper, which means that what pleases Him will actually be done.
God is love. Love loves to love. It loves to be in love. It loves the interaction of love. Love cannot isolate itself, or it ceases to be love. Love finds satisfaction in loving. Love needs somebody to love. If His love is poured out in our hearts then we love as He loved. That love binds those that have the same love together; they become one like the Father and the Son.7 It is the forming factor for His Body. It is the Body in whom His Spirit resides — the communities of disciples that make up His Holy Nation.8 Love brought to birth the communities of Acts 2 and 4,9 where His love could be expressed.
The fullness of what is in God's heart needs to be put in His people's hearts, so they can fully express His heart.
Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus [Yahshua] said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father...” (John 14:8-9)
Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. (1 John 4:17)
The evidence of His love has to be plainly seen so that people can know His love. People can't know His love apart from that evidence. It takes a community of disciples who love one another just as He loved them.10
God needs friends to help Him bring about everything that is in His heart. He wants to make us His friends!
All this is done by God, who through Christ changed us from enemies into His friends and gave us the task of making others His friends also. Our message is that God was making all mankind His friends through Christ. God did not keep an account of their sins, and He has given us the message which tells how He makes them His friends. Here we are, then, speaking for Christ, as though God Himself were making His appeal through us. We plead on Christ's behalf: let God change you from enemies into His friends. (2 Corinthians 5:18-20, TEV)