The Revelation of the Sons of God

New JerusalemRomans 8:16-17 tells us that “we are children of God…heirs of God…joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him that we may also be glorified with Him.” Romans 8:19-21 speaks of the impact of our glorification on the whole creation:

For the anxious watching of the creation eagerly awaits the revelation of the sons of God. For the creation was made subject to vanity, not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will also be freed from the slavery of corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

The revelation of the sons of God is our manifestation with Christ in glory at His visible return, as in Colossians 3:4. The freedom of this glory includes our freedom from the sin and death in our bodies, the freedom from corruption and mortality in 1 Corinthians 15:53.

The phrase about creation being freed from the slavery of corruption echoes Peter’s word about the restoration of all things (Acts 3:21). Thus, our biggest contribution to the environment is to cooperate with the Triune God bringing us into glorification. (While we may participate in environmental actions, Romans 1:25 warns that we should not do so to the extent that we worship and serve the creation rather than the Creator.)

When the Lord Jesus returns, there will be the restoration of the universe. That will be very good, but after that there will be the new heaven and new earth with New Jerusalem at the center (Revelation 21:1-2). How wonderful.

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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  1. the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its
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