The Reason We Came to This Earth

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When you go to another country, the first person you meet at the airport is a Customs and Border Protection officer. There is something the officer never forgets to ask visitors. They ask them what is the purpose of their visit. Whether you are visiting for a sightseeing or a business trip, you need to give a clear answer for the purpose of your visit in order to pass the screening process and achieve your goal in the country.

If someone asks us the reason for coming to this earth, what should we answer? We were the people of heaven. Therefore, there is definitely a reason we have come to this earth. If we live, only chasing worldly desires, not knowing the meaning and purpose of life, we will feel that our lives were futile and say, “Meaningless! Meaningless! Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless” (Ecc 1:2).

This time, let’s find out through the Bible why we came to this earth and think about what we should live for.

Jesus Came to Save Sinners

Many people live without knowing the meaning and purpose of the life that has been given to them. That’s why they waste their youth on meaningless things that don’t have any real value. Many people consider the wealth or fame of an individual to be something of great valuable and enviable. This is why they devote their lives to attaining such a status.

When Alexander the Great was still a prince, Aristotle asked him what he would do if he became king. He replied that he would conquer Greece and Europe. Then his teacher asked him what he would do after that. When he answered that he would conquer Africa and Asia, he asked him what was next after that. Alexander’s answer was this.

“I’ll probably die by then.”

He must have realized that he would be close to death while conquering the world. Whether he dies after hurting others and taking their lands or he dies after not conquering any land, his end would be the same—death. So why did he have to conquer other countries while harming other people? If we look closely at the lives of those who are called heroes in the world, they had no true goal. Since they did not know the reason they came to this earth, they tried to have more things than others and pursued a life that looked more lavishing and splendid than others. However, Solomon explains that even if you deny yourself nothing your eyes desire and refuse your heart no pleasure, life is still all in vain (Ecc 2:10–11).

In the Bible, it is Jesus who clearly knew the reason and purpose as to why He came to this earth. Jesus revealed the reason He came to this earth, through the following two teachings.

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Lk 19:10

“But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mt 9:13

We can summarize that the purpose of Jesus’ coming to this earth was to seek and save the lost, that is, sinners. Jesus was originally in heaven, but He came to this earth (Jn 3:13). Through the words of Jesus, we can understand that we are sinners who sinned in heaven and were cast down to the earth.

Although God is without sin, He came into this world with a clear purpose to save sinners. God who came to this earth as a man is Jesus Christ. Since He came with a clear purpose, Jesus’ life was joyful even though He did not even have a decent home to live in. He said, “The Son of Man has no place to lay His head” (Mt 8:20). He was willing to endure the pain of the cross as a sacrificial lamb for the atonement of our sins because He came to this earth with a clear purpose.

Mankind Came to This Earth Because of Their Own Sins

If we realize the reason we came to this earth and the purpose of living on this earth, we will be able to overcome the trials that sometimes come our way throughout our lifetime without feeling too weary. It’s because we know that they are experiences that we must undergo as sinners.

The reason we came to this earth was because of our sins, and the reason Jesus came was to save us, who are sinners. Mankind, who lived without knowing the purpose or meaning of life, finally realized what caused them to be born on this earth and why they had to live on this earth, when they heard Jesus’ teachings. Through the Old and New Testaments, God has shown us that all human beings born on this earth are souls who sinned in heaven.

Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. For your hands are stained with blood, your fingers with guilt. Your lips have spoken lies, and your tongue mutters wicked things. Isa 59:1–3

The Bible tells us that we were angels who lived with God in heaven. Why did we, who were angels, come to this earth? It is because of our sins that we committed in heaven. Through the cases of the king of Babylon and the king of Tyre, who lost their glory and came to this earth by sinning against God, we can see that all mankind were angels who sinned and were expelled from heaven (Isa 14 12–15; Eze 28:12–17).

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives. 1 Jn 1:8–10

This record of the Bible clearly proves that we are sinners. All humans are sinners; we sinned in heaven and came to this earth. Because of our sins, we were separated from God and had no choice but to leave the kingdom of heaven.

The New Covenant With the Blessing of the Forgiveness of Sins

Then, is there no way to return to heaven, where we were originally? If we have learned that we have come to this earth because of our sins, our greatest goal in life should be to receive the forgiveness of our sins and return to our eternal heavenly home to enjoy eternal life and blessings. Whether we live a luxurious and grandiose life on this earth or a simple life, that is not the ultimate goal of our lives. As heavenly sinners, we can return to heaven only when our sins are removed. However, it is impossible for us to receive the forgiveness of sins on our own. That’s why Jesus, the Savior, came to this earth with the truth that can give us the forgiveness of sins.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace Eph 1:7

The Bible tells us that we can receive the forgiveness of sins only through the blood of Christ. Then, what does the blood of Jesus refer to? Jesus has granted the Passover as the truth through which we can receive the grace of His precious blood. The Passover contains the will of Jesus who desires the forgiveness of sins for mankind.

So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover. . . . While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Mt 26:17–19, 26–28

The Passover wine was promised as the blood of Jesus, which He poured out for the forgiveness of our sins. Thus, it is only when we keep the Passover, can we receive the forgiveness of our sins and the glorious way to return to our heavenly home be opened for us. There is no way for us to receive the forgiveness of sins except through the blood of Christ. So Jesus eagerly desired to keep the Passover with His disciples, and He proclaimed the Passover as the new covenant.

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” . . . When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. . . .” . . . In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” Lk 22:7–15, 19–20

The new covenant has the promise of giving the forgiveness of sins. For mankind, who had sinned in heaven and were cast down to this earth, there is no more joyful and blessed news than the new covenant, which is the way to be forgiven of our sins. It was already prophesied in the Old Testament that Jesus would grant the forgiveness of sins through the new covenant.

“The time is coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. . . .” declares the LORD. “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the LORD. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” Jer 31:31–34

God said that He would forgive the sins of those who have the law of the new covenant, and that He would remember their sins no more. Therefore, we must never lose the truth of the new covenant under any circumstances while living on this earth. We must always remember God, who established the new covenant with His holy body and His precious blood for sinners. It is because, for us sinners, the promise of salvation and the One who granted it are more important than anything and anyone else.

The Great Mission Given to Sinners

Today, many people fail to dwell in the truth of the new covenant as they do not understand the reason they came to this earth. Since they do not know the meaning and purpose of life, they pursue money as a means of happiness and only cause themselves to wander off even more. Eventually, they come to lose the blessings of salvation.

God has entrusted a precious mission to us, who have been called first to the truth of the new covenant, so that mankind can receive the forgiveness of their sins and return to heaven.

I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. 1 Co 3:6–9

God has chosen us, sinners from heaven, and made us His fellow workers. How glorious it is! If we are God’s fellow workers, shouldn’t we follow the path God walked? Since Jesus established the truth of the new covenant to seek and save the lost, we, as His fellow workers, should also lead many people to salvation through the truth of the new covenant. This is why the Bible calls us “ministers of the new covenant.”

He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Co 3:6

The task of new covenant workers who lead the world to repentance is envied even by the angels of heaven (1 Pe 1:12). God has entrusted us with such a great and holy work that only God can do. This is not something anyone can do, but it is a precious mission given only to those whom God has approved (1 Th 2:3–4).

Let’s Repent Every Day and Save the World

Now we know why we have come to this earth. We sinned but instead of having to pay for our sins right away, we were given an opportunity to repent, and God let us know that. To give us the opportunity to repent and the blessing of the forgiveness of sins, Jesus was sacrificed and endured being whipped and crucified.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. . . . Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. Isa 53:1–10

Considering the reason we came to this earth, let us not forget the title and mission that have been bestowed upon us as God’s fellow workers. The time given to us each day should be used to continuously repent before God and lead many others to repentance. If all the members in each country arise and continue the movement of repentance around the world diligently, we will be able to preach the gospel of the new covenant in Samaria and to the ends of the earth and lead many souls to repentance and to the way of salvation.

When we have a clear understanding of the reason we have come to this earth, the purpose and goal of our life becomes clear. If we don’t know why we’ve been given a life on this earth, we will easily forget who we are. Let’s ask ourselves what kind of work we should do and what we should live for, and rush to the path God has shown us. I ask all of you to work in unity so that everyone can come into the truth of the new covenant, receive God the Father and God the Mother, repent completely, and return to the eternal kingdom of heaven together. Following the noble will of God, let us lead all mankind to repentance and quickly complete the gospel of the kingdom of Zion.