Genesis 3:16-19 (NIV)
To the woman he said,
“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.”
To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”
Romans 8:20-22 (NIV)
For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
- Heaven and earth are “made new”. What does this mean?
- What makes the “new earth” different than the “old earth”?
- The current creation gravitates towards disintegration. What does this mean?
- The new creation gravitates towards life. What does that mean?
- Since the fall of man, we have been in bondage to sin and our fallen nature. How does LEARNING help free us from that bondage?
- When we FIND FREEDOM, are we free of our fallen nature, sin, and the curse? If not, what are we FINDING FREEDOM from?
- Where will humanity FIND FREEDOM from our fallen nature, sin, and the curse?