Summary: Part 4 of 5 in a series on our identity in Christ based on the words of the Apostle Paul in Romans 8.
INTRODUCTION: What are your favorite toys, yes we all have toys, even the adults… though they may be slow to admit it. As a kid my favorite toys were Transformers, I just thought they were awesome; in fact they ranked right up there with my Hot Wheels and G.I Joe’s. What I liked about them was the fact that they changed from one thing to another, it was like 2 toys for the price of 1! As we begin working our way “down from the hub” (Adoption) on our journey through our identity in Christ. The ability to change from one form to another isn’t simply something that we find in the commercial man-made world of children’s toys… To be “in Christ” is to be transformed… and that transformation is more than just spiritual… it’s bodily, and it involves all that we see around us…
BACKGROUND: Our lives will always be transformed for the better if we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us. However transformation isn’t an easy process. While we are “heirs” of God and “co-heirs” with Christ, like Him we must share in His suffering as well as His glory. Let’s be honest we like… actually we love the “Glory” aspect, the “Suffering” aspect, not so much so… that’s the part we’d rather live without but in the end all will be transformed… (Romans 8:17-23)
TRANSFORMATION OF CREATION
• There is a sobering truth about this present age that we’re living in… this age is that as long as it lasts, all creation including Christians will be groaning under the burden of imperfection
• Since the fall of man during the “Glory Days” of Eden the world has been waiting for God to step in and correct all that was disrupted and destroyed by the fall
• G.K. Chesterton, one of my favorite Christian writers said this of our fallen world… “It’s kind of like living in a shipwreck, we find many treasures but clearly things are not are they are meant to be”
• All creation is involved in groaning, frustration, and corruption, and suffering, and we are part of what the whole creation experiences
• There is in our world a nature of decay, of ruin, of dissolution; it’s a world that is perishing. There's something out of order and harmful about it all.
• In this passage (vs. 20) gives three reasons why the creating has a longing, and earnest expectation for things to be set right
• 1) It was subjected to futility – It had to endure that which it didn’t want
• Futility means – failing to reach or accomplish it’s intended purpose
• 2) It was subjected not of its own will – Compelled by God to fail, to serve Man instead of God
• 3) It was subjected in hope that it would be set free – longing for a renewal that it would once again be able to accomplish the purpose for which it was intended!
• A point of clarification – this passage isn’t saying or implying that creation has a stated free action of will, it’s simply a point of clarification to emphasize the fact that it is wholly on the account of another (i.e. us) that this subjugation took place