Making Things New: Then, Now, and Forever

This past weekend we spent some time looking at our origin, and what that says about God.  You can access the message (or any of our recent messages) at www.capebiblechapel.org.

There is something in all of us that has us seeking out where we came from.  We see a glimpse of this when someone uses social media to find his or her birth parents or by visiting a site like ancestry.com.  It is present in some way in all of us because, as Romans 1:18-23 tells us, God put it there.

Through creation God appeals to the “God-sense” he put into mankind.  Mostly, though, we see the signs—the beauty in nature and the purposefulness of it—and we dismiss them or fight them or ignore them.

The problem is not one of intellect, as most would claim.  It is not cultural or personal or whatever other excuse is claimed for disbelief.  Hebrews 11:3 explains that it is very much a faith issue; whether creation or the gospel, we don’t believe because we don’t have faith.

As Christ followers, we miss something so wondrous when we neglect God as Creator.  We miss that God is beautiful and made a world full of beautiful things. We miss the fact that the human life has value and that God fearfully and wonderfully made each man and woman.  We miss that He gave us a cultural mandate to populate the earth and fill it with praise through the gifts and talents He put within us.  We miss that we are made in His image, and hence, as John Calvin puts it, made to show “a little bit of God forth into the earth.”

But perhaps the biggest “miss” of all this is that we miss the wonder of God’s provision.  He built us a world, complete with food, air, water, a job to do.  And even when we walked away from Him and sullied His world, He, in His great love, created a way back to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ.  He sent the Second Adam to correct the folly of the first Adam, and every Adam since.  God didn’t have to make a way for us; without the Cross we are still His creations.  God’s position didn’t change with the Cross; He was God on the throne either way.  But He is a good God—or to use the words from Genesis 1:31, “very good.”

God made a world for us and now Jesus is preparing a new world for us.  The first world was very good and the new one will be even better.  Genesis 1 and Revelation 21 combine to tell us this.  The Gospel reminds of this.  The future will show us this, new every day.

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