Saturday, May 05, 2007

The Material Creation was Very Good

Genesis 1-2 describes the literal creation of the heavens and the earth by God. He formed these elements in six days into land, sea, plants, animals, man and woman not as we know them, but in an innocent state, "very good." Genesis 1:31, "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day."

Even man God had formed the sixth day from the dust of the ground, and he was part of the creation proclaimed 'very good.'

Not until after the sabbath (seventh day) did the creation become corrupt. When the devil deceived Eve through the serpent's wily arguments, and Eve and Adam ate of the forbidden tree, sin infested the world and every child born of man since. God cursed the ground, man, woman, and the serpent, subjecting all creation to groaning. But at the same time He promised redemption. Genesis 3:15, "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."

The redemption accomplished by Jesus Christ, the seed of Mary the virgin, who dying on the cross became curse for us (Galatians 3), crushed Satan utterly. The end for him comes. At the end, the already purchased redemption will be consummated with the making of a new heaven and new earth. Those who have placed faith in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation will be resurrected, given new, incorruptible bodies (1 Corinthians 15:42-45).

Romans 8:18-23, "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body."

And the world will again be good, for: "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely." (Revelation 21:4-6)

To God be all glory.

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