Romans 8:18-30 (ESV)
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
Creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God...
What a joyous thought. Here we are, waiting semi-patiently for the Lord to return and take us all home, and Scripture tells us that all of creation is waiting for the same thing. For when the Lord returns, then we will be changed. And shortly after that, then creation will be changed. The new Heaven and the new Earth will be perfect. Not decaying like this present one.
We have the deposit of the Holy Spirit, but we do not fully understand, or see. When all is made new, we will be with God and be able to fully understand and see Him as He is. Don’t get me wrong, this does not mean that I believe that I will fully understand God, as that is clearly impossible. But we will be able to understand God’s plans, or whatever it is that God wants us to understand. We will be changed to perfect creations as He originally created Adam and Eve, before the fall.
What that looks like, the Scripture says: No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the mind of man what God has prepared for us. We cannot even imagine what we and all creation will be like when God renews it for eternity.
All I can say is Come, Lord Jesus!
by Virgil Stripes
Photo: the Sea of Galilee