The Universe Shall Be Delivered From

Paul says:

The creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. Rom. 8: 21.

1. Dr. Macknight says "Ktisis" (the creature in this passage) "signifies every human creature." Prof. Stuart declares its meaning to be, as in Mark 16: 15, and Col. 1: 23, "mankind in general."

2. It is subject to evil.

3. It has a hope of deliverance.

4. It shall be delivered.

5. Into the liberty of God's angels, or children. Though not yet accomplished it is the province of Christian faith to believe in this result, and thus eat celestial fruit on earthly ground. Hence the sameapostle says:

You have put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. Heb. 2: 8, 9.

The subjection of all men to Christ is like that of Christ to God.

And when all things shall be subdued unto him, (hupotagee) then shall the Son also himself be subject, (hupotageesetai), then to him that put all things under (hupotazanti) him, that God may be all in all. 1 Cor. 15: 28. For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery lest you should be wise in your own conceits, that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, there shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: for this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. Rom. 11: 25-27.

It is therefore a willing service, the love and homage of faithful and obedient children. All men are to be subject to Christ with the same subjection under which Christ is subject to God.

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