Theme of the Week: Why We Can’t Get Our Act Together?
Bible Verse: “For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labor pains until now. Not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the firstfruits—we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.” Romans 8:22-23, CSB
Scripture Reading: Romans 8:18-30
According to Genesis 3, sin affected everything. It killed us spiritually. It destroyed relationships. It affected our relationship with creation. “The cost of rebellion against God was a move from perfect rightness in everything to wrongness in everything,1” writes Barnabas Piper. “There is not one untainted moment or item or person or idea or thought or feeling or inanimate object in the entire universe.2”
God isn’t just interested in forgiving sins. He’s working to reverse all the effects of sin, making us new, and transforming creation.
Some problems are beyond fixing. No matter what we do, we can’t solve the brokenness of this world. But God promises to restore everything. To paraphrase J.R.R. Tolkien in The Return of the King, everything sad is going to become untrue.
The world is broken. The gospel isn’t just the good news that God forgives sinners. It’s more. It’s the news that he makes us completely new people, changed from the inside out by the power of the Spirit. And it’s the good news that he will one day set this world free from its bondage and set all things right.
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