Ephesians 1:4, “Before the world was created, God had Christ choose us to live with Him and to be His holy and innocent and loving people.”
God wanted to be in relationship with us, so this is why He created everything. Adam and God walked in the Garden and had conversations; there was closeness. Adam and Eve messed things up by their disobeying God, and God kicked them out of the Garden before they could eat of the Tree of Life and be forever in sin.
I believe that our omnipresent God, knowing all from creation’s beginning to the end, knew us as individuals as well as “a people” (Ephesians 1:4 and Matthew 10:30). God knew us, created us as a good creation (physically and with ability to reason), but we have been burdened by Adam’s original sin and God’s curse on the land. We are no longer in God’s “likeness”. I can live my life and make sinful choices and accept Jesus or reject Him…my choice. God is standing at the door, wanting to be in relationship, but I may choose to not let Him in.
Not trying to split hairs…do you believe there could be a difference between God’s “image” and God’s “likeness”? I believe that man (mankind) took on a new nature of sin, sickness and death. To me, this is all quite the opposite of God’s “likeness” and nature, but are we still not created in the “image” of God physically? I guess what I’m trying to say is: the wonderment of our physical bodies, the bones & structure, the movement of joints and cartilage, the heart and the circulatory system, the brain and nervous system, the ability to reason…these are all most magnificently created…is this not still the creation whereby God said it was good? Would this still be a creation in God’s image physically? Because the Creator loves His creation, I believe God still seeks to be in relationship with us, but until we can become a New Creation in Christ Jesus, doing away with our nature to sin, sickness and death…to become more like Him, we will never walk in the Garden again.