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Bible Notes

Colossians 1:15-17 & Romans 8:19-23 (12.02.21)

Signets taking flight over the River Lee

Colossians 1:15-17 NIV
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. [16] For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. [17] He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Romans 8:19-23 NIV
For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. [20] For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope [21] that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. [22] We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. [23] Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.

So much of the talk about the natural world and the environment is bad news at the moment, and there is no doubt that the situation is urgent and important. But as Christians we can offer some hope into what is often perceived as a hopeless situation. Jesus is not just the Saviour of humanity, but the one through whom creation was made and the one through whom it will be eventually liberated and set free from decay. This should spur us on to get involved – God is going to redeem the world and wants us to be involved!

Thank you Father that we can have hope that despite the way we have treated your world, you have a plan to redeem both us and it. Help us to play our part and to encourage others to join us.

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