Session 27: God’s Plan of Redemption
In this session, I will discuss the current state of the world and how God plans on redeeming fallen man. Nature communicates two basic messages:
- Because of the incredible natural beauty and complexity of this world, there must be a Creator of this creation.
- Because nature can be so cruel and cause so much misery and death, this same Creator must be angry toward mankind.
Fortunately, through the Scriptures, God has revealed to mankind what went wrong. Because of Adam and Eve’s rebellion against him, God altered nature to cause death and destruction. We are alienated from God, who is life. The world has never been the same. Some of us may live a pleasant life for a limited amount of time, but at some point, we all experience a great deal of misery and then death. Many of our deepest human aspirations go unfulfilled. We all long for a life of paradise that would have no end. We long for a return to the Garden of Eden, when man lived an idyllic life in fellowship with their creator.
There are four fundamental reasons why our human aspirations for a fulfilling life on this earth fall so far short of our expectations:
- Mankind is sinful.
- Unrighteous men and women rule the world.
- We live in a satanic world.
- This creation remains under God’s curse.
During the millennial reign of Christ, all four of these conditions are resolved. Righteous humans will reinhabit the restored earth through the first resurrection. Righteous men and women will become rulers over their respective nation. Satan and all demons will be removed from this world. And the curse on this creation is removed when the earth is regenerated to its Edenic condition. This leads to a restored Edenic paradise on earth and an age of righteous humanity.
Then, after experiencing a thousand years of paradise on this earth as restored human beings, we will, as sons of God, experience the resurrection of an eternal body in order to inherit eternal life in the Father’s eternal new heavens and new earth.