Right from the beginning of our story in Scripture we are confronted with the reality of the goodness of God’s creation. We are struck six times with this phrase, or something similar, “God saw that it was good…” That is then followed up with the well-known, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”
What a statement to pronounce over your work – good, very good.
What a statement when God is the one who pronounces it. You’d expect nothing less over his work.
With this storyline being emphasized more and more in the evangelical tradition, we have moved away from a more dualistic, overly-ethereal view of God’s work. We find this because plenty of folk are championing that God is the God of the spiritual and physical. Even more, thanks to works like Surprised by Hope, we are aware that God does not plan to abandon the earth but rather fully and finally restore it in Jesus.
This is a good place to start.
But I don’t think talking about these two points goes far enough. Continue reading