The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 34
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
–2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)
If we had perfect faith, the world around us would simply be the embodiment of his word to us. We would see our environment as something created by his word; all would be holy to us, and all would be wonderful.
–Jean Pierre de Caussade
As long as light shines in the world, God’s creative words, “let there be light,” resound throughout the universe and continue to be obeyed. And it is the same with the rest of creation. It continues to exist by the word of God. But, ever since sin entered the world, creation is corrupted; disobedience to his will has put things out of order. But this does not mean that God no longer has a will and order for this world, and for your life in it. It means that faith is required, for faith ignores the chaos and focuses on the creative word. Faith, however, is only as strong as the word it clings to—the word that calls it forth. For there to be a new faith, untouched by sin, there would also need to be a new creative command, that says, “Let there be a permanent end to chaos and disorder, to sin and death.”
This has now happened. This word has been spoken by the Creator. Therefore, even though the apostle Paul’s forefathers had faith in God, still he could say that “faith has come,” because Christ has come (Galatians 3:24-25). In Christ, God has spoken a new creative word that resounds throughout the universe: “Let all things be subject to my Son, Jesus Christ.” This is also a reaffirmation of God’s original purpose in creation.
You are a new creation living in the old creation. By faith, you are living in the manifestation of God’s word. This world cannot separate you from your Creator; you are closer to him than it is.
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