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WAING FOR THE REDEMPTION

OF OUR BODIES

PREFACE

 

Deuteronomy 29:29

"The LORD our God has secrets known to no one.

We are not accountable for them,

but we and our children are accountable forever for all that he has revealed to us,

so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions. "

In an earlier study I have dealt with the creation of God and how Man was created in God’s own image extending in all dimensions of creation with God himself willfully contracted to allow freedom of will for man. The story of generations of Jesus the incarnation goes right back to Adam and ends as ‘Adam, son of God’. However during his stay with the Father in the Garden

of Eden, Adam misused his freedom and fell into sin. Sin and disobedience required Adam to be shrunk from the divine realm to the lower worlds which involved pain and suffering. As a result the Father blessed his Sons of Adam with death, with hope that one day He could redeem mankind without violating the freedom of will given to them, with full status of Sonship.

“For I reckon that the sufferings of the present critical time cannot compare with the coming glory to be revealed to us. For the eager expectation of the creation awaits the revelation of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not voluntarily but rather on account of the one who subjected it—in hope-—-because the creation itself will also be set free from its enslavement to corruption to obtain liberation [consisting] of the glory for the children of God

For we know that the whole creation groans together and travails together until now, and not only [the creation] but even ourselves who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves, groan within ourselves as we await the redemption of our body. (Rom. 8:18—23)”

1 Corinthians 15:36-37 That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies; and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else.

Hence death itself was given in love till the time of redemption. What happens to this intermediate period? We really do not have much revelation in this area. But we are told that

Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.

1 Corinthians 13:11 -13 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

So we the children of the King search through what is given even though we see it dimly knowing fully that what is behind all these is the love of our father.

M. M. Ninan

San Jose, CA 95126

April, 2014

 

 

 

M. M. NINAN

ROMANS 8: 19-25

19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be

revealed.

20 For the creation was subjected to frustration,

not by its own choice,

but by the will of the one who subjected it,

in hope

21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay

and brought into the freedom and glory

of the children of God.

22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of

childbirth

right up to the present time.

23 Not only so,

but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly

as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship,

the redemption of our bodies.

24 For in this hope we were saved.

But hope that is seen is no hope at all.

Who hopes for what they already have?

25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have,

we wait for it patiently.