Our world in trouble – January 2021

9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.       1 Corinthians 2

What God has prepared for the future of the world is revealed to us by His spirit in His Word, the Bible. An earlier verse in Corinthians says it was present at the very beginning.

7  We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery (secret), even the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the world unto our glory.       1 Corinthians 2.

The revelation of God’s wisdom then begins in ‘Genesis’, which means ‘beginnings’, and by careful reading of Genesis 1 and 2 we can begin to understand the mind of God.  This is impressed upon us significantly in these times when the world seems to be falling apart, and it gives us an indication of what might be “prepared for them that love Him”, and some comfort to know that the world has a future in His hands

It is recommended that you read Genesis 1 and 2 either from your Bible or by downloading it from the internet.  [For example open the link below in a new tab returning to this tab afterwards.]

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%201-2&version=KJV

They describe the transformation of a planet that was a cold, chaotic waste, without structure, empty, dark, and devoid of life.  No sun by day or moon by night. Depressing in the extreme.

That dire situation was brought to an end through God’s power, wisdom and intention, over just six days. First and foremost, God brought Light to the scene, (as He does in so many ways).

Then, as day succeeds day, the components of the heavens and earth were put in place in an orderly fashion; beginning with the most basic requirements for life to, on the sixth day, the climax in the forming of man and woman – the highest order of creatures.

The finished work at the end of the sixth day gives us a glowing picture of a most vibrant, diverse and flourishing heavens and earth.  Examine the words used in the text, ‘abundantly’, also translated elsewhere in the Bible ‘swarming’, ‘seed’, ’fruit’ and ‘fruitful’, and ‘multiply’.  The vitality is emphasised by the power given to vegetation, animal and human life, to reproduce. God obviously has a purpose in mind. In fact, other scriptures tell us …

18  For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else. Isaiah 45

14  For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.                                                                                Habakkuk 2

The picture in Genesis is one of Life of which God is the source. His is the spirit that breathed into Adam, the figure of clay to give him life.

The Bible is an historical journey from then to a point in our future, maybe soon, when the Lord God brings about a new creation on the earth from a world that has become morally speaking, as dark and chaotic as it was and where life is now so very fragile. Can you see how that describes the world today? Thankfully, the end of the last book of God’s word describes a new order in the world, revived and restored with all the goodness of the first and, for those that love God, resurrection to a new life.

40  And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.            John 6

4  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.                           Revelation 21

Just one more Biblical vision of the future before we look at the key question.

6  The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 7  And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.                                          Isaiah 11

The bridge between the two creations is Jesus Christ, through whom we can reach that new life that he promises. He said,

5  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.                   Revelation 21

But that is another story.