Monday, 1 March 2010

Creation Was Never Perfect

In my sermon yesterday morning I shared on the idea that God did not create the world perfect.

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, I do not believe that God created the world 'perfect', rather, it was created 'good' with a goal of perfection. Creation therefore was on a journey of 'eschatological perfection', or in other words, creation had a future goal that it was heading towards. Creation was on a journey to become something better than it is now, something it has never been. Sin however disorientated this goal and rather than creation journeying towards something better, it journeyed away from that which God intended.

The death and resurrection of Jesus restores creations goal. He is the One who enables all of creation to become what God has always desired it to become. Christ humbled himself and became nothing in order that he may be exalted to the highest place by God (Philippians 2:6-11). This journey of ascending and descending is also in order that Jesus may fill the whole universe (Ephesians 4:8-9) and have the supremacy (Colossians 1:15-20). In other words, all of creation, humanity included, has a goal to be 'in Christ' and share in the 'divine nature' (2 Peter 1:4)

This idea is first seen in the work by Irenaeus (Born in the first half of the 2nd Century) who sees creation journey towards a future perfection rather than being returned to one. It makes sense to understand creation and redemption to be intrinsically combined. The Cross is not simply about forgiveness because God can forgive without the Cross. Rather, the Cross is in order that the consequences of our sin, this disorientation away from our goal in Christ, is dealt with and we can once again journey towards our God intended goal.

Therefore we have a responsibility within our communities to point them towards something better, to model this future goal, to declare that something better is on the way but we can taste and glimpse it now. Something better and more glorious than has ever been is on its way! This is good news! And this is all because of Jesus who died and rose again, the One who will enable all things to become what they should be, to become something better than they are now.

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