- Romans 8:19-22
The Christian is not alone in hope. The creation of God waits in hope for the consummation of God’s salvation (v19). Some say that “creation” from verses nineteen to twenty-three refer to the new nature of the Christian. Although I do agree that the believer is a part of the term “creation” in these verses, I am convinced God speaks here of His created world. By created world, I mean that portion of creation which either never rebelled against God or which is no longer in rebellion against God.
What part of creation did rebel against God? The portion of creation which did rebel against God included some of the angels and humanity.
I submit that the remaining portion of creation waits in hope for God to bring final glory. The creation that awaits the promised glory includes the obedient angels, the universe, the heavens, the earth, the animals, plants, and those people who have received God’s mercy. These parts of creation are now considered as submitted to moral depravity unwillingly (v20).
What does it mean to be submitted to moral depravity unwillingly? It means that these parts of creation suffer the consequences of a fallen world but are not in hostility to God. For example, the animals experience suffering and death although they are not in rebellion to God. People who know God are unique in they once were at enmity with God but are now at peace with God. Therefore these people are also a part of creation which waits for final salvation.
When man fell, he brought corruption into the whole world. God submitted the whole world to experience the effect of sin which is corruption, death, and decay.
But God will someday restore His creation to glory. The restoration will come when the glory of the sons of God are glorified. Although the creation groans and suffers, that will someday change.
- Pastor Randy