Essay on Paul 's Letter And The Christians
The Natural World
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters” (Gen 1:1-2). Paul states in Romans 1:20 that, “since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.” God’s redeemed should show a concern for the care of nature. The natural world suffers because it is a casualty of sin, not because it is naturally evil. We should anticipate a time when He will deliver creation from the wrath of sin (8:19, 21). Nature “waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed” (8:19).
God created male and female in his own image (Gen. 1:27). Beginning with Adam and Eve man has been sinful. Paul identifies that he who is guided by the “Spirit of God” are called “Children of God” (Romans 8:14). Romans 8:17 says, that while we will all share in anguish with the lord, we all have the same inheritance from the father. We should also “know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Romans 5:4). 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given…