When God created the world, He concluded his six days by creating man and saying, “He is good.” Yes, he was good, but he was not completed. A tree is a tree, water is water, a cow is a cow, and so on—those will not become something else. Everything was created complete except for the one thing left incomplete! Man was the only thing in all of creation still in the process of becoming complete. Cool! All the rest of creation is under compulsion; the caterpillar must become a butterfly. Man is different. Man was in a process moving toward completion. Man can become a vessel of doom or a vessel of blessing. This fallen world will help make that determination.
I have said it before, but bear with me. The angels in the book of Jude are under judgment for going after strange flesh. Genesis 6 explains that angels were after earthly women. Then Paul makes it clear in I Corinthians that those of different “flesh” are not to mingle. God wanted a bride for His Son but could neither pick something in heaven nor on the earth without going after something “strange.” He did what angels longed to look into: He became a man, like Adam outwardly but inwardly with the very life of God. The world had so defeated the Adam inner life, but the proposal comes that Christ (the second Adam) has an inner life that wins, and the vessels that exchange lives at the cross become at that moment vessels of blessing; they also become complete men. “It is finished” means many things, but one thing is this: Man is finished and can become complete; he can now have an outer life of the world and an inner life from heaven, the Life that wins. He can become exactly like the Groom, and the wedding in heaven will go on. After thousands of years wherein all of creation was complete, man can now be complete. Beautiful, wonderful, and beyond imagination? Yes, and more!