Romans 8:19 – For the Creation eagerly awaits the manifestation of the sons of God.
Part 2 ~ The Reign Of Jesus Has Begun!
Jesus is the model of sonship, and we are to walk in His footsteps if we expect to live His life! (1 Peter 2:21-23; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 1:21; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15). Jesus as the Son brought many sons into this glory, showing us in detail the kind of life we must have (Hebrews 2:10; John 1:14; 1 John 3:1, 5:1). There is no other way to live the life we have been called to, but to imitate God and do what Jesus did (Ephesians 5:1; Matthew 4:19; Romans 8:29).
Jesus showed us how to live the Heavenly life – the life of doing the Father’s will. He showed us how Creation would be liberated through the ministry of the Son. He came to set men free from the bondage of darkness, and bring all who would believe into His glorious liberty. All Creation now awaits that day when it will be liberated from the influences of Satan, and experience the glorious liberty of the sons of God. When God creates a new Heaven and a new Earth, all Creation will be affected and everything in it will be instantly changed. In that day, all Creation will be liberated from every evil effect of sin and death (2 Peter 3:13; Isaiah 65:16, 66:22; Revelation 21:1).
Yet, still we must recognize the time of the reign of Christ has begun. As His representatives, we have been commanded to proclaim the liberating, conquering power of the Spirit found only in Jesus’ Name! Wherever the Gospel is preached, Creation (and especially men) will experience the benefits of the presence of the Lord. The glorious liberty of the sons of God found in the Holy Spirit has authority over the curse of sin, sickness, disease, pestilence, and all oppression. Every spiritual blessing in Heaven belongs to those who will believe: power over all the works of the devil, his curse, and poverty.
When the Gospel is preached, it is a joyful sound. When it is proclaimed by those with the authority of the Son, the Creation is set free. The prophet Isaiah described the effect of the sons of God, the redeemed, upon Creation when he said, “They will go out with joy and be led forth with peace, and all of mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands” (Isaiah 55:12). When the glorious liberty of salvation is experienced – sorrow, sighing, and mourning must flee away (Isaiah 35:10, 51:11). What a glorious time we live in: the reign of Christ Jesus has begun!
Pastor Mark Spitsbergen