Entry Level Theological Truth [42]

“Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’” Revelation 21:5

In our studies of the first three chapters of Genesis we have learned much about the person and works of the One True God.

This book of beginnings shows Him to be an all-powerful, all-wise, omnipresent Creator who works all things after the counsel of His own will. In contrast to modern thinking, Genesis also reveals the tremendous value of human beings who were purposefully created in the image and likeness of God for His good pleasure. They were invested with tremendous dignity and authority and put over other works of God’s hand.

Accordingly, their fall brought tragic and devastating consequences upon planet Earth. The momentous purposes of God that begin in these early chapters of the Bible run throughout the pages of holy writ. Therefore, it is not surprising that when we come to the last book of the Bible, Revelation, we meet old familiar things and issues.

 


Paradise Lost, And Found



 

Genesis 3 ends with the sad tale of Adam and Eve’s banishment from Eden. Their loss is most poignantly seen in the fact that the tree of life is now closed to them. The cherubim and flaming sword bar their way to the enjoyment of eternal life.

Yet the chapter itself also contains assurance of the saving goodness of God to be manifested in a future day through the “seed of the woman” (Gen 3:15). Happily, Revelation promises fresh access to the tree of life (Rev. 2:7).

This access is brought about through a saving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ who died on a cursed tree to open the way to this blessed tree.

 


Glorious Dominion Over The Earth



 

The first Adam failed miserably in having dominion over the earth for the glory of God. All of the earth’s potential lay dormant and unfulfilled. What is more, man’s sin ushered in a new epoch of groaning for planet earth (Rom. 8:21-22). In the wisdom and power of God, the last Adam – as the New Testament calls the Lord Jesus (1 Cor. 15:45) – will accomplish what the first could not. As King of kings and Lord of lords, He will reign until every enemy is vanquished beneath His feet (1 Cor. 15:24-28). After ruling over the earth for 1,000 years of blissful prosperity, He will crush the last vestiges of wicked rebellion and usher in new heavens and new earth “in which righteousness dwells” (2 Pet. 3:13).

Indeed it is no exaggeration to say, as many have before, that the last Adam gains far more than the first ever lost. That is because the redeemed and glorified church along with the tribes of Israel will share in the glories of this eternal kingdom. All the purposes and plans of God will find their culmination in His unparalleled work.

 

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Editorial Note: This post concludes brother Keith Keyser’s Entry Level series. I would like to express my personal gratitude for Keith’s faithfulness in writing this helpful series on the first three chapters of Genesis. Thank you brother Keith. ~~Scott

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