{Romans 8:19-22; NLT}
For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.

It is this Fall that made redemption necessary, not to continue a process of creation already begun and still in progress, but to arrest and correct a process of deterioration that threatened to abort the whole purpose for creation. Redemption is not the continuation of creation, but the correction of the Fall. As such it restores or reinstates God’s original purpose for the creation by turning it back toward its proper goal. Thus the key word is not continuation but restoration. God’s purpose for creation will be achieved, but only through redemption. Their unity lies in a common source (God) and a common goal; but they represent two different means of achieving the goal, not two stages of the same means.

Jack Cottrell, God the Redeemer, p. 31

Questions to consider:

  • How has sin affected all of creation?
  • How is God restoring creation?
  • What part do we play in the restoration of creation?
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