“The world was good, the world is fallen, the world will be redeemed…”
What a great summary of the Christian worldview!
“The world was good…” God created everything good. After every day of creation, God called whatever he created, good. After God created humans, he called them very good. These are words we need to hear today. This physical world we live in is not some hurdle that we have to suffer through in order to make it to our ultimate spiritual non-physical eternity. We were created for physicality. And that fact is very good.
“The world is fallen…” We humans have distorted and perverted all of creation, including ourselves. This is why the physical world sometimes feels like a hurdle we have to suffer through. The world as it is now is not how God created it. It is fallen, imperfect, sinful.
“The world will be redeemed…” This, my friends, is the hope of the Gospel. The hope of the Gospel is not that this world will finally be destroyed so that we can live in a spiritual state, almost as though we were ghosts. The hope of the Gospel is that everything that has been perverted by human sin will be redeemed, including the physical world.
The New Testament tells us over and over again that what happened to Jesus in his resurrection is what will happen to us in ours. Jesus was resurrected in a physical body. Yes, his body was different, but it was still physical. Jesus ate after the resurrection. Doubting Thomas touched Jesus’ scars after the resurrection. Jesus’ body was a physical one after the resurrection. And ours will be too. The fallen physicality of the world as we know it will be redeemed in the end. How does the Story end? Read Revelation 21 & 22. A new heaven and a new earth are created. We don’t simply go to live where God is. God creates, indeed, re-creates everything, both heaven and earth in order for us to live there with Him.
“The world was good, the world is fallen, the world will be redeemed…” Amen!