For even creation waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God’s sons to be made known [waits for the revealing, the disclosing of their sonship]. For the creation (nature) was subjected to frailty , not because of some intentional fault on its part, but by the will of Him Who so subjected it [yet] with the hope that nature itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and corruption [and gain an entrance] into the glorious freedom of God’s children. We know that the whole creation has been moaning together in the pains of labor until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves too, who have and enjoy the firstfruits of the [Holy] Spirit [a foretaste of the blissful things to come] groan inwardly as we wait for the redemption of our bodies [from sensuality and the grave, which will reveal] our adoption (our manifestation as God’s sons) (Rom. 8:17-23).
Romans eight is the believer’s richest chapter in the Bible. It is full of hope and comfort; it brings us closer to the richness of God’s love. YAHSHUA’S death was just the beginning expression of His love. It did not end there. Romans eight is an extension of God’s love, extending to the heights of His future promises. When we are born into God’s family, we become heirs of all the future blessings He has reserved for us from eternity to eternity. When I read this chapter, a wave of renewed hope covers my spirit and transports me to the heavenly Father’s love. With the new birth, we enter into the adoption and heirs with His Son-YAHSHUA the Messiah. Sharing His inheritance with YAHSHUA is more than we can fathom in our soul. So unworthy we are of Him! That is His part of the covenant of blood He has with us, “if indeed we suffer with Him (our part) in order that we may also be glorified with Him.” (Rom. 8: 17b)
The aspects of God’s redemption are rich and flawless. They are consistent with who He is. We, the recipients of His promises, are most blessed people on the face of the earth. He has given us a living hope to live by with expectation. Even in our sufferings, hope raises us up and gives us strength for another day in His frame of time for us here on this earth. It was in this living hope that we were saved. Peter says, But insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, rejoice, so that when His glory is revealed, you may also rejoice with triumph (I Peter 4:13); and by His boundless mercy we have been born again to an ever-living hope through the resurrection of YAHSHUA the Messiah from the dead (I Peter 1:3b). This living hope is filled with expectations of God’s redemption. It is hope that will never die or disappoint us. It is based on this hope that we groan inwardly waiting for the day when God will reveal us His children to nature to satisfy their groaning for their redemption, also. For even nature desires its freedom from decay. That is the hope we hold on to together with all God’s creation. God’s creation was affected by the curses as a result of man’s sin. It was not because of fault of its part. So in the redemption of God’s children there will be their redemption too. Jeremiah in his complaint to the Lord asked the question, How long must the land mourn and the grass and herbs of the whole country wither? Through the wickedness of those who dwell in it animals and the birds are consumed and are swept away, because men have said, He will not see our latter ending (Jer. 12:4)
How long is the question; in that, there is a yarning, a groaning deep in our soul for the redemption of our body. So we, like the Prophet Jeremiah, ask the question, How long and I add, Lord until the redemption of our body? Interesting to note is that even the whole creation waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God’s sons to be known (Rom 8:19). If it could talk and express itself in a manner we could understand it, we would share with them our longings too. It seems to me that creation once having experienced the blessedness of perfection, longs for that again. Men desire that too, but not all look for it in the true God, the Creator. It is a matter of religion for many. Religions of every kind are practiced, and in sought hope, but in vain men seek the hope that is only found in the One Who gives hope.
Creation pertaining to animals acts and behaves sometimes like humans, but they are not held responsible for their actions before God, because creation was subjected to frailty, not because intentional fault on its part (Rom. 8:20a). They were not created in the image of God. Therefore, they are innocent of all wrong doing in relationship with judgment. They know however, that it will be a time when they will be redeemed “from bondage to decay and corruption into the glorious freedom of God’s children.” Paul says that creation has been moaning together in the pains of labor. They will continue until the fulfillment of God’s promise of redemption will take place. If they are moaning in labor pains, that means suffering together with us, as we together wait expectantly the appearing of our Lord bringing us redemption. The psalmist looking far into the future when the Lord God will reign said, O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; tremble before and reverently fear Him, all the earth. Say among the nations that the Lord reigns; the world also is established, so that it cannot be moved; He shall judge and rule the people righteously and with justice; let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all the things which fill it; let the field be exultant, and all that is in it! Then shall all the trees of the wood sing for joy before the Lord, for He comes for He comes to judge and govern the earth! He shall judge the world with righteousness and justice and the peoples with His faithfulness and truth (Ps. 96:9-13).
There will be joyous celebrations from every corner of the earth when the Lord comes as King to rule it: the heavens will be glad, the earth will rejoice, the sea will roar together with all that is in it; the field will be exultant and all that is in it; even the trees of the wood will sing for joy. Imagine those wonderful sounds coming from different creations harmonizing into one sound of praise to the Lord, for finally having come to judge the earth and bringing their redemption together with His sons and daughters! And John describes in the book of Revelation 19:11,14-15a; how He will come: and behold, a white horse [appeared] the One Who was riding it is called Faithful, and True, and He passes judgment and wages war in righteousness… and the troops of heaven clothed in linen, dazzling and clean, followed Him on white horses; from His mouth goes forth a sharp sword with which He can smite the nations; and He will shepherd and control them with a staff of iron.
The redemptive sacrifice of our Savior extends to His creation, or the natural world. Its corruptive condition will be reversed and it will be transformed into its perfect state of origin when YAHSHUA returns. In it, creation waits for a new birth and freedom from death and decay when God’s saints who were redeemed by His blood will be revealed. There is a sure place for them in the Creator’s heart. So in our freedom, there is creation’s freedom, too. Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unfathomable are His judgments! And how untraceable are His ways! … For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever! Amen (Rom. 11:33, 36).