Salvation Cosmology


Much of the New Testament reflects ancient Jewish cosmology, their hope of “God’s glory filling the earth, as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14) Paul wrote of God’s new people, instrumental in the world being “delivered from its bondage to corruption.” (Romans 8:21) In the Sermon on the Mount, Christ’s followers, his peacemakers, are the “children of God,” the Adams and Eves, reflecting Christ’s image and likeness, making creation new. Jesus calls us “the light of the world,” from Genesis 1, that moved creation from chaos to goodness. 

It's like Israel in slavery in Egypt when God brought them a vision of a new world. They had to cling to this vision, through contradictions and difficulties. This new world was irresistibly emerging, and nothing could stop it. It’s about placing yourself by faith on the right side of history. God speaks into corruption of the goodness to come, and those who love righteousness hear and see and begin to rebuild with him, even in the darkness. “The light shines in darkness and the darkness cannot repel it.” (John 1:5) The gospel is shining light into the present dark cosmos, as an act of new creation.

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