A New Creation Civilization Will Fill the Earth
Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth
One of the more important things to consider when looking at creation, is to contemplate the eternal God who created it. What I’m advocating is taking into account that before there was a creation of anything, there was only God.
This is extraordinary and maybe unfathomable to man. How can there be a being that had no beginning and no end, and has always been and always will be? It’s easy enough to intellectually comprehend, but impossible to relate to.
How can the created say to the Creator that they understand what it was like to be there before creation, or to assume there is any type of commonality there between man and God in that area of life? God confronted Job on this very issue.
The state of being of man is on an entirely different plane than God; the gulf between the two can’t be bridged in essence, although as we all know, it can be in fellowship and relationship because of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
The point is there is this impassable chasm between God and man at the core of their being, and nothing in that regard will ever change. We will always be part of creation, and only He will be creator; only the eternal One can create something out of nothing.
Now I wanted to emphasize that strongly because it’s vital to understanding something about God before creation as it relates to His purpose in creating in the first place; specifically in relationship to creating man in His image.
First, we need to take into account that before creation there was nothing but God. At face value most would say they get that. But in truth the implications are staggering. Think of this one thing. Because there was absolutely no created thing – whether heaven or earth – where did God live?
I’m not going to consider the answer to that in this article. I only wanted to present the question to show you there is a lot we don’t know about God, even though there are little hints given in the Holy Scriptures about it.
What’s most important and relevant for us is understanding that since there was nothing but God when God created the heavens and earth, it was based totally upon who He was. All created things represented something of who God is.
So, when the first words we are revealed about creation is that it included heaven and earth, we see something that is basic to the person of God Himself. When you do a thorough study of the Bible concerning heaven and earth, over and over again we see the foundation they both represent to the eternal purpose of God.
Back to God before creation. It’s difficult to comprehend, but before creation, since there was only God, no thought existed that wasn’t based upon God. God didn’t sit around dwelling on stuff that wasn’t related to Himself. In other words, creation wasn’t something that came from a creative imagination, but was rather based upon who He was.
From a human point of view we may think of God in terms of creativity, but from the point of view of God, there was never anything outside of Himself that He would have created that didn’t reflect who He was. If He had, it would have been something that would have been independent of His essence. That would have been out of harmony with the purpose of heaven and earth being the invisible and visible representation of who He was. No aspect of creation was ever meant to be outside of or independent of God. Even our very thoughts are meant to be brought into obedience to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
On the basis of our worldview and how to live out our lives while we’re in this world, we are to completely align our thoughts with the Holy Scriptures and walk in obedience to them, while making decisions based upon them. This goes back to the fact there was nothing but God before creation, and that reality is meant to be continued on in the creation.
In other words, everything was meant to reflect and declare who God is throughout the created world. Man was called to ensure that was how it worked out. After the fall, the human race no longer had the capability to do so until Christ came and birthed a new creation.
Why is this important to us?
The implications of this are more than an interesting idea to ponder, it’s the very basis of creation itself as it relates to the purpose of God. God created the heavens and earth in order that His kingdom would come and will be done in both of them, as Jesus taught us to pray for. When God created, that was a specific reason for doing so.
What has changed? Absolutely nothing in regard to the purpose of God. Keep in mind there’s a reason the Scriptures identify it as the eternal purpose. The purpose was a part of the essence and thought of God before creation was initiated. It wasn’t a temporal purpose.
When God created heaven and earth, it was so that He could express Himself in in a ways that the visible and invisible were a reflection of one another in regard to His kingdom, will and character. Man was created in His image in order to fulfill that mandate on the earth.
Psalm 115:15-17 says this:
15 Ye are blessed of the Lord which made heaven and earth.
16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
The Lord has taken responsibility for heaven, and has that aligned with His kingdom and will. God’s people are responsible for doing the same on earth based upon His revealed character, kingdom and will in the Bible.
What has changed
The idea of creating men and women in His image was in order for them to be fruitful and multiply without sin, and by bearing and raising children according to His will, spread across the earth and take dominion over it.
When sin came in, the methodology remained the same, but man, by the taint of sin, spread only destruction and misery across the earth instead of the glorious and magnificent kingdom and will of God.
Until the time of the resurrection, the wheat and the tares will remain on earth. Jesus revealed why in a parable.
Mt. 13: 27-30
27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
That means to some degree, there will be evil on the earth until the return of Christ. What it doesn’t mean is evil will dominate in this age; the Scriptures teach the opposite.
The Father told Jesus after He ascended into heaven, to sit down on His right hand until He made his enemies His footstool.
34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.
36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
He launched His offensive on Pentecost when the Holy Spirit fell on His disciples and took up residence within them.
Jesus is the King of heaven and earth, and has sent the Holy Spirit into those that have faith in Him, and is still moving toward the purpose from before time, that heaven and earth will together represent God’s kingdom and will. Everything in both realms will ultimately be summed up in Christ in this age.
The new creation has been birthed, and that birthing will culminate in a new creation civilization filling the earth, with Jesus Christ as its Savior and Lord.
As for the tares and evil, they will gradually be reduced in number and in effect on the earth in the years ahead, losing most of their impact and influence on the planet – which the people of God are inheriting – while those rejecting and disobedient to Him are disinherited.
The followers of Jesus Christ have a glorious future ahead of them on planet earth.