Hope for Creation
Everyone who trusts in Jesus should be looking forward to His return. That Day will mark the end of the 'old order of things' and announce the supremacy of His Kingdom. It will also be the death toll of sin's reign over our old natures. And we shall be changed! No longer the rejected people of earth, we will be revealed as the glorious sons of heaven.
And that is not all. The arrival of the King will also signal that the curse over creation (Genesis 3:17-19) will be lifted. If the inanimate world could express emotions, it would rejoice at the prospect of being able to function properly with no decay. But its redemption is secondary to the 'sons of God' being revealed. Not until the redeemed have been liberated from the final ties of sin can their habitat be transformed - as our Lord inaugurates the new heavens and new earth, the home of righteousness (2 Peter 3:13).
Much is said about global warming, ecological conservation and creation care; and we certainly do need to be more responsible stewards of the world which is our temporary home. But we cannot get the world right any more than we can make ourselves perfect - both need the Sovereign touch of our God. However great may be your experience of the church and creation, it is not heaven! Not until the King comes to reign will the crooked irreversibly be made straight. Until then we and the creation struggle imperfectly to achieve our purpose, as we receive daily grace from God.
© Dr Paul Adams