Paul, an apostle, wrote, “I consider that what we suffer at this present time cannot be compared at all with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. All of creation waits with eager longing for God to reveal his children. Creation was condemned to lose its purpose, not of its own will, but because God willed it to be so. Yet there was the hope that creation itself would one day be set free from its slavery to decay and would share the glorious freedom of the children of God. For we know that up to the present time all of creation groans with pain, like the pain of childbirth. But it is not just creation alone which groans; we who have the Spirit as the first of God’s gifts also groan within ourselves as we wait for God to make us his children and set our whole being free.”
All things need to be liberated and all things will be liberated and made whole. Man will by choice and decision; nature will be by the hand of the Great Liberator who desires still to see Eden perfected in a “new garden,” the “kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.” The old Adam in us will be taken over by the New Adam in us; which is Jesus, and eternal life is ours, now and later. There will only be the immediate deterioration of flesh but our “saved person” will live and remain forever. There is no death in our wholeness, only life. “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive.” Jesus and His love have set us free! We are back in Father’s image when we look like Jesus.
Lord, thank you for the powerful work of creation and your powerful plan to redeem all you have created.
“When I go, you will not be left all alone; I will come back to you. In a little while the world will see me no more, but you will see me; and because I live, you also will live. When that day comes, you will know that I am in my Father and that you are in me, just as I am in you.” Jesus