For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Romans 8
Wow, do we really understand this amazing statement by the chief apostle Paul. The whole creation will be set free when God reveals his Sons?
Paul is saying that not just the earth will be set free, but all that God has created? Paul is saying that not only is the earth in the grip of bondage, but all of creation. What an epic statement by Paul.
How misunderstood is Gods plan of redemption. The heavens will also participate in this cosmic release, when God manifests his Sons and Daughters, on the day of the Lord.
Yet somewhere someone certifies, saying, “What is man, that Thou art mindful of him, Or a son of mankind, that Thou art visiting him?
Thou makes him some bit inferior to messengers, With glory and honor Thou wreathes him, And dost place him over the works of Thy hands.
All dost Thou subject underneath his feet.” For in the subjection of all to him, He leaves nothing un-subject to him. Yet now we are not as yet seeing all subject to him.
Yet we are observing Jesus, Who has been made some bit inferior to messengers (because of the suffering of death, wreathed with glory and honor), so that in the grace of God, He should be tasting death for the sake of everyone. For it became Him, because of Whom all is, and through Whom all is, in leading many sons into glory, to perfect the Inaugurator of their salvation through sufferings. Hebrews 2, 6-10
The destiny of Gods creation has been, through Christs death and resurrection, now been given to the redeemed sons and daughters of the last Adam, how amazing is this!
Now I am saying, for as much time as the enjoyer of an allotment is a minor, in nothing is he of more consequence than a slave, being master of all,
but is under guardians and administrators until the time purposed by the father.
Thus we also, when we were minors, were enslaved under the elements of the world.
Now when the full time came, God delegates His Son, come of a woman, come under law,
that He should be reclaiming those under law, that we may be getting the place of a son.
Now, seeing that you are sons, God delegates the spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying “Abba! Father!”
So that you are no longer a slave, but a son. Now if a son, an enjoyer also of an allotment from God, through Christ.
But then, indeed, having no perception of God, you were slaves of those who, by nature, are not gods. Galatians 4, 1-8
Paul is basically saying that the whole creation is in a state of slavery to the angelic creation, which God created. Paul is saying that creation is in bondage to the rulers and powers of the heavens. This is an epic statement by Paul. Its like the whole creation lives under the bondage of the angelic order of the cosmos? Not only is the earth in the grip of corruption, but also the heavens are in subjection to these powers, whom the prince of the powers of the air, has somehow, as Paul says, become the god of this eon.
This is why those we live in Christ come under such assaults’ from these powers. These cosmic rulers know what is waiting for the elect of God. These powers of creation know full well what the revealing of the Sons of God represent to the present systems and structures in, which this world is presently in.
All the creation will be set free from these dominating cosmic war lords, who rule their subjects with fear and intimidation.
These heavenly beings, who are the present governmental authorities, that sit in high places of ruler-ship over the cosmos of creation.
These powers of the heavens are the foundationial structures of this present order and system of reality, which creation is presently in the grip of.
The foundations and systems of human life, they are the reflection of who these cosmic powers are. If we really want to know what this other world of the kingdom of the air looks like, then all we have to do is look at this present world system, which this old eon is cradled in. This present order and system is the reflection of these world rulers, whom sit in the seats of governmental power, as the gods of this eon.
Humanity of this eon lives and reflects these invisible, cosmic, ruling realities of creation. These invisible principalities and powers, who dwell in the cosmos over creation, which is located in the realm of the kingdom of the air. These are the hidden invisible realities, which exercise authority over this visible world.
In the beginning it was God, who set these positions of governmental authority over his creation. God set these rulers and authorities in these places, in the roles as his governors and magistrates.
The principalities and powers, Paul says that they are the gods of this present system and eon, which is the present order and system of creation.
These rulers, who rule over the cosmos of Gods creation, they somehow have corrupted all their ways. Instead of leading humanity to the God who created all things God, they now lead man away from the God, and to themselves.
These systems in, which these powers move and operate in, they were all created by God, for the good of his creatures. Something happened long ago, the bible has a few things to say about it, but so much is left unsaid. There seemed to be a great rebellion, which occurred in the realm of the kingdom of the heavens. These rulers and authorities, who were given these places of great honor and authority, by the God who created all things, they rebelled.
The bible says that these powers, which are in a present state and condition of rebellion, they did not lose their positions of authority, as the rulers and authorities of this eon. Even in the great cosmic rebellion, God did not remove them from these high places of authority over creation. God left them in place, but he did, at the event of the cross of Calvary, pronounce and deliver a divine judgment on them.
These rulers of the rebellion, they know that their long rein of rebellion over Gods good creation has and ending season to it. These powers know what Christ did at the cross.
Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glorification. None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 1 Corinthians 2, 6-8
At the end of this age, called the day of the Lord, there will be a great change of universal cosmic government, over the entire cosmos. God will reveal his true priests and kings, Sons of the new creation, who will sit over Gods restored creation, who will be the true imagers, of the God who created all things in Christ.
Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Rejoice then, O heaven and you that dwell therein! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!” Revelation 12, 7-12