In him we have redemption through his blood,the forgiveness of our trespasses, according tothe riches of his grace, which he lavished uponus, in all wisdom and insight making known tous the mystery of his will, according to hispurpose, which he set forth in Christ as a planfor the fullness of time, to unite all things in him,things in heaven and things on earth. Ephesians 1:7-10 (ESV)
For I consider that the sufferings of this presenttime are not worth comparing with the glorythat is to be revealed to us. For the creationwaits with eager longing for the revealing of thesons of God. For the creation was subjected tofutility, not willingly, but because of him whosubjected it, in hope that the creation itself willbe set free from its bondage to corruption andobtain the freedom of the glory of the childrenof God.
For we know that the whole creation has beengroaning together in the pains of childbirth untilnow. And not only the creation, but weourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoptionas sons, the redemption of our bodies. For inthis hope we were saved. Now hope that is seenis not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? Romans 8:18-24 (ESV)
1. Creation declares the beauty, the power, the goodness of God.
1. Creation declares the beauty, the power, the goodness of God.2. Creation declares the “brokenness” that sin produced.
In the beginning, God created the heavens andthe earth. The earth was without form and void,and darkness was over the face of the deep. Andthe Spirit of God was hovering over the face ofthe waters.And God said, “Let there be light,” and therewas light. Genesis 1:1-3 (ESV)
Let there be:…waters…heavens…dry lands…vegetation…sun, moon & stars…sea creatures & birds, beasts of the earth &livestock…and mankind
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 (ESV)
And God blessed them. And God said to them,“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth andsubdue it, and have dominion over the fish ofthe sea and over the birds of the heavens andover every living thing that moves on the earth.”And God said, “Behold, I have given you everyplant yielding seed that is on the face of all theearth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. Youshall have them for food.
And to every beast of the earth and to everybird of the heavens and to everything thatcreeps on the earth, everything that has thebreath of life, I have given every green plant forfood.” And it was so. And God saw everythingthat he had made, and behold, it was very good. Genesis 1:28-31 (ESV)
1. Creation declares the beauty, the power, the goodness of God.2. Creation declares the “brokenness” that sin produced.3. As Creation cries out about God, it should drive us to worship Him!