{Romans 8:19-21; ESV}

For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

The book of Genesis tells us that when God made this world he looked upon the physical creation and called it “good.” He loves and cares for the material world. The fact of Jesus's resurrection and the promise of a new heaven and new earth show clearly that he still cares for it. This world is not simply a theater for individual conversion narratives, to be discarded at the end when we all go to heaven. No, the ultimate purpose of Jesus is not only individual salvation and pardon for sins but also the renewal of this world, the end of disease, poverty, injustice, violence, suffering, and death. The climax of history is not a higher form of disembodied consciousness but a feast. God made the world with all its colors, tastes, lights, sounds, with all its life-forms living in interdependent systems. It is now marred, stained, and broken, and he will not rest until he has put it right.

Timothy Keller, The Prodigal God, pp. 110-11

Questions to Consider:

  • Since the material world is good, what should our response be towards it?
  • Does the idea of God redeeming all of creation fill you with hope? Why of why not?
  • How do witness the brokenness of the world?

 

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