Restoring the World from the Corruption of Sin

How and why will humanity's redemption impact the rest of creation?

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Very quickly in the development of the narrative of the book of Genesis, we find that after the creation comes the Fall. And so, what God has designed now begins to be corrupted by his creature's sin, and there are detrimental effects brought about by the rebellion of the creature that bring corrupting effects to what God has made. And so, what does that look like? How does that affect God's original design? And yet, very quickly in the aftermath of the Fall, God also announces a plan of redemption. That certainly has different administrations within it, but it begins as soon as God's pronouncing the curse on the man, woman and serpent; he's announcing a plan of redemption as well. So, God is going to redeem and restore what has been corrupted by sin… On the other side of the fulfillment of God's redemptive aims is the new heavens and the new earth, and the restoration of things to what they were originally supposed to be.

Answer by Dr. Rob Lister

Dr. Rob Lister joined the faculty of the Talbot School of Theology in 2006 (M.Div, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, B.A., The Citadel, and Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary).