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The New Creation Why Two Creations? Rom. 8.18-25

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The New Creation Why Two Creations? Rom. 8.18-25. Creation Accounts in the Bible. Gen. 1 Creation chronology: a physical perspective Gen. 2 Creation account: a spiritual perspective Gen. 3-5 Human sin and its damage Gen. 6-9 God’s damage-control response to sin - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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1Creation Accounts in the BibleGen. 1 Creation chronology: a physical perspectiveGen. 2 Creation account: a spiritual perspectiveGen. 3-5 Human sin and its damageGen. 6-9 Gods damage-control response to sinGen. 10-11 Global dispersion of humanityJob 9 Creators transcendent powerJob 34-41 Creations intricacy and complexityPs. 8 Creations reminder of our humilityPs. 19 Creation's ubiquitous speechPs. 33 Gods love as revealed in creationPs. 65 Creators authority and optimal provisionPs. 104 Elaboration of physical creation eventsPs. 139 Creation of individual humansPs. 147-148 Natures testimony of the Creators power, wisdom, and careProv. 8 Creators existence before creationEcc. 1-2 Constancy of the physical lawsEcc. 3 Chronology in creationEcc. 8-12 Gods purpose and humanitys destinyIs. 40-51 Origin and development of the universeRom. 1-8 Gods purpose in creating1 Cor. 15 Life after life2 Cor. 4 Creators glory in and beyond creationHeb. 1 Cosmic creations temporality; role of angels in creationHeb. 4 Gods rest and work2 Pt. 3 Present creations endRev. 19-20 End of evil, decay, and death; end of the present creationRev. 21-22 The new creations wondersThere are over 20 creation accounts in the Bible. Many of the worlds creation myths are very similar, set in a place similar to that of Eden. Then a conflict with the gods or forces of nature breaks out and leads to the loss of that abode.

2Why These Physical Lawsand Dimensions?3 observable space dimensions1 dimension of time

(The latest model of String Theory predicts 11 dimensions! Ten dimensions of space and one dimension of time.)

Why these physical laws? It provides a future hope of redemption. It limits man in his depravity. Use the example of Hitler. His evil was limited by time and decay he wouldnt live forever. He was limited by space, he wasnt able to inhibit his evils throughout the world but was limited in space and time.

3The Hope of an Unimaginable Realm

The new creation is a realm far beyond human ability to imagine. God has provided for human pleasure and joy and promised to help us cope with lifes challenges, including the effects of sin.We wont be able to really visualize the new creation. The descriptions of heaven and the new creation are metaphorical descriptions. A problem humans have is our capacity to visualize something beyond our current space-time dimensions.

4Turning a Sphere Inside Out?

http://www.cosmolearning.com/videos/how-to-turn-a-sphere-inside-out/For example, while mathematicians cane prove that a basketball can be turned inside out in four independent space dimension without making a cut or hole in the basketballs surface, no mathematician or any other human can actualize the entire phenomenon. This may be a good thing! Mere human inventions reflect this limitation. The paradise, or heaven, devised by a human mind will be humanly conceivable. However, a scenario inspired by a supernatural source, such as the One who created space and time, would be expected to reveal a realm, or realms, beyond the capacity of any individual to visualize. Such a creation model would also reveal attributes of God beyond human capacity to imagine.

5Distinct DifferencesChristianitys two creations are radically differentbecause they fulfill radically different purposes.

First Creation: very good (Gen. 1.31)Second Creation: perfect

This brings in a whirlwind of questions!

The Eagle Nebula[nicknamed the Pillars of Creation]

The first creation was very good. Its the best possible realms to encourage as many people as possible to choose something far better: an eternal relationship with the Source of all goodness. This creation also equips us to receive the roles, rewards, pleasures, and relational fulfillments of the new creation.The new creation is perfect. Neither evil nor anything less than perfect goodness will ever exist there. Yet no limitation restricts anyones free will. Consequently, love without limits can and will be expressed.

6Can Creation Be Used Against God?A Perfect Creator Cannot Exist argument against the existence of God as advocated by Theodore M. Drange.

If God exists, then He is perfect.If God exists, then He is the Creator of the universe.If a being is perfect, then whatever He creates must be perfect.The universe is not perfect.Therefore, it is impossible for a perfect being to be the creator of the universe.Hence, it is impossible for God to exist.Why didn't God just place Adam and Evein the new creation to start with?3. Is is not valid, theres nothing to show that a perfect being must necessarily create something that is perfect. In order to defeat this premise all that must be done is show that it is possible to be contrary.

Why didnt God just place Adam and Eve in the new creation to start with?It appears that unless humanity is exposed to and rested by the greatest possible temptation, the most compelling attraction of evil, in the first creationthe rewards, pleasures, and relationships of the new creation cannot be made both perfect and permanent.

7Chronology of RedemptionGod created the physical universe of matter, energy, space, and time. He also created angels.The most powerful being God created, the archangel Satan, chose to rebel against Gods authority and reject Gods love. Satan enticed one-third of the angelic host to join his rebellion (see Rev. 12.1-9).On Earth, God created Adam and then placed him in a beautiful, bountiful paradise, the Garden of Eden (see. Gen. 2.7-8).In Eden, God created Eve and brought her to Adam (see Gen. 2.21-22).God allowed Satan to enter Eden in order to test Adam and Eve (see. Gen. 3.1).Satan tempted Eve first to distrust and then to defy her Creator (see Gen. 3.1-6). Eve, in turn, tempted Adam to distrust and defy God (Gen. 3.6, 12). In their act of defiance, Adam and Eve incurred spiritual death (see Gen. 3.7-8; Rom. 5.12-19). They attempted to hide from God and experienced the vastness of the gulf between his glory and their vainglory, a gap they could never cross on their own.God took away the Tree of Life and ejected Adam and Eve from Eden. Having experienced spiritual death, they and their descendants would also suffer a physical death (see Rom. 5.12-19). Their labor and relationships involved intensified pain, work, and wasted time (see Gen. 3.16-19). Note that ejection from the garden is an act of grace.God gave humanity a written moral code to complement the one already placed within the conscience of every person (see Rom. 2.14-15). These moral laws served to define goodness and expose the evil within every human heart, proving to all individuals their inadequacy to deal with and conquer their own propensity for wrong doing.At the precise moment of His choosing, the Creator of the universe confined Himself to human flesh, allowed Himself to be born of a woman, and grew up to manhood in a global crossroads, Israel. He lived there for more than thirty years. Jesus of Nazareth, fully God and fully human, served as a living, breathing example of moral perfection. He revealed His deity not only in words but also in expression of his power over all the forces of nature. Then through His death on a cross, He made atonement for all humanitys moral failures, all passive and active defiance of God. In rising bodily form the dead, He showed His sacrifice had been accepted and proved the tangible reality of a realm beyond the cosmos, even beyond physical death.After Jesus resurrection and ascension, God sent his Holy Spirit to personally indwell individuals who humble receive Christs payment and forgiveness in place of their own best efforts and worst deeds (past, present, and future), turning away from self-rule and submitting to God as the first and final authority in life (see Jn. 16.5-15; 1 Pt. 3.21; Eph. 1.13-14). The Holy Spirit begins the process of transforming that persons mind, heart, and character to bring that person into a deepening and widening relationship with God (see. Rom. 12.1-2).The Creator prepares a new creation for His elect (see Jn. 14.2; Rev. 21-22).God brings all His elect to glory (Rom. 8.18-25; Rev. 20-22) while the non-elect who rejected God will be isolated in an unimaginable place to whatever degree necessary to conquer evil by torment (Rev. 20.12-13)Chronology of redemption [expound on point 7]

8A Necessary Arduous Process

Temptation in the garden with Satan, the most appealing, keen, powerful, or clever being outside of God, and the temptation of Christ is no coincidence. Jesus conquered the temptation as the moral perfection. God left the gate to the garden wide open on purpose, to allow Satan in. God allowed Satan to tempt Jesus just before He began His public ministry (Mt. 4.1-11).In God allowing Satan the opportunity to beguile humanity, God gave individuals the most difficult of all possible tests. No created being anywhere in Gods creation is more powerful than Satan. If with Gods help, an individual can overcome this great temptation, he or she can rest assured for all eternity that never again will there be a more difficult challenge than the one already overcome.The Ph.D. analogy: a PhD can never be taken away and they will never need to take courses or be tested to prove competency in their particular discipline.Unfortunately many students do not seek help from their instructors and fail.Life for every human is an arduous struggle against temptation. Unless a person accepts help from the all-compassionate Creator who is eager to help, that individual is doomed to fail. In passing lifes most difficult testchoosing whom to trust and follow amid the most powerful distractions possiblean individual gains the assurance that never again will he face a test any more demanding. His choice is secure.

9So Why Two Creations?It is a part of Gods plan of redemptionIt may be necessary for a fuller revelationMore to come next time