Not in orig­i­nal con­di­tion

The Catoosa County News - - WORSHIP DIRECTORY - Bo Wag­ner

things to deal with, as would be ex­pected with such a se­nior ci­ti­zen of a ve­hi­cle.

The wind­shield had to be re­placed, as it was cracked badly. Then just a few months ago one of the head­lights fell out, we have no idea where. We did not no­tice it till we got home. Then the driver’s seat broke, it would not stay up­right, and we had to fix that. Then two weeks ago the driver’s side mir­ror fell out.

Any­one who has dealt with old ve­hi­cles will un­der­stand what I say next. Try­ing to get parts for them from the deal­er­ship is easy, as long as your last name is Rock­e­feller or Van­der­bilt. In each of the above men­tioned re­pairs, we chose to go the af­ter­mar­ket route. All of the parts look the same, but were se­cured at a much lower cost. Any­one who does not know bet­ter would not know the dif­fer­ence. But any­one who had truly stud­ied the is­sue would im­me­di­ately rec­og­nize those parts as “non-orig­i­nal.” They seem nor­mal, but are in fact dif­fer­ent from the way the truck was orig­i­nally de­signed.

This is much the same sit­u­a­tion that cre­ation as a whole now finds it­self in. When we ex­am­ine how God made this world, and then com­pare it with its cur­rent con­di­tion, we find sev­eral things that are very def­i­nitely nono­rig­i­nal.

Death was not a part of the orig­i­nal cre­ation. 1 Corinthi­ans 15:21, speak­ing of Adam, says, “For since by man came death, by man came also the res­ur­rec­tion of the dead.” God cre­ated man in his im­age (Ge­n­e­sis 1:27) and thus man was never go­ing to die. Sin changed that, sin brought death into the hu­man con­di­tion.

Sad­ness and pain was not part of the orig­i­nal cre­ation. But when man sinned, the word “sor­row” quickly started ap­pear­ing (Ge­n­e­sis 3:16-17).

Separation was not part of the orig­i­nal cre­ation. But some years af­ter man sinned, Adam and Eve had to weep over the ground their son Abel had been so crudely buried in. And then years later one of them had to stand over the other as they watched their soul mate slip off into eter­nity.

Know­ing all of this, Paul said in Ro­mans 8:22 “For we know that the whole cre­ation groaneth and tra­vaileth in pain to­gether un­til now.”

The good news is, in the im­mor­tal words of Paul Har­vey, there is a “rest of the story.” The rest of the story is, the orig­i­nal con­di­tion of cre­ation is sched­uled to be com­pletely re­stored. Isa­iah 35 de­scribes a glo­ri­ous reign of Christ on earth, Rev­e­la­tion 20 tells us it will be 1000 years long, where the curse is lifted. Rev­e­la­tion 21 then goes a step fur­ther to tell us of the brand new heaven and earth that will fol­low that.

I am thrilled to be a born again child of God. As much as I en­joy this cre­ation with all of its “af­ter­mar­ket parts,” I can only imag­ine how glo­ri­ous it will be to see it in all of its orig­i­nal splen­dor.

Bo Wag­ner is pas­tor of the Cor­ner­stone Baptist Church in Moores­boro, N.C., a widely trav­eled evan­ge­list, and au­thor of sev­eral books, in­clud­ing a kid’s fic­tion book about the Bat­tle of Chicka­mauga, “Bro­ken Broth­er­hood.” He can be emailed at 2knowhim@cbc-web.org.

Evan­ge­list and au­thor

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