Thursday, August 22, 2019

The Glory that Shall be Revealed 2

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Romans 8:20-21 (NET)
20 For the creation was subjected to futility – not willingly but because of God who subjected it – in hope 21 that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of decay into the glorious freedom of God’s children.

Henry observed how Caleb literally spoke to things and they responded. He saw how one evening,  it was raining very heavily,  and Caleb needed to go out. He saw how Caleb spoke to the rain and it stopped in response to what Caleb said.
There was a time they were traveling together in his car,  and they ran into a terrible porthole. After that, there was a terrible noise in the right-back wheel of the car. They knew they needed to stop and find a mechanic,  or the car would stop them. But Caleb simply spoke to the wheel and it immediately stopped making that noise till today. Henry always wondered why things responded to Caleb's words. He later realized that it was because Caleb understood that he was an Ambassador of gospel and creation responds to the gospel and its true ambassadors.


After the fall of man, God placed a curse on the earth for man's sake. But actually, that curse affected all creation (Genesis 3:17).
Man became terribly downgraded because of the fall,  and God had to also downgrade creation for man's sake. A downgraded man could only survive in a downgraded creation and habitat. But God did this in the hope that one day,  after the redemption of man,  creation will be set free from the bondage of decay into the glorious freedom of His children.

Creation was downgraded because Man was downgraded through Sin. When the sons of God enter their glory through the resurrection,  creation too will be liberated.

That's why Jesus didn't mince words when he said that the gospel was to every creature,  or to all creation (see Mark 16:15). Jesus could have said 'preach the gospel to everyone',  but He said preach the gospel to every creature.  The words He actually used there alluded to creation, not just human beings.
You see, the effect of the gospel will bring creation out of the curse of decay,  not just human beings alone. And by the Holy Spirit
(who enables us to walk in the first fruits of the power of the age to come) we can control creation just as Jesus did.

Go into today giving thanks for the privilege to be a partaker of God's glorious gospel.

Prayer: Heavenly Father,  please empower me to be an agent of your gospel everywhere I go. Help me to be faithful to the end,  in Jesus name. Amen.
-Abraham Damilola Arigi

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