6th March, 2019
IPR DAILY DEVOTION
Topic: THE GLORIOUS LIBERTY OF THE CHILDREN OF GOD
Romans 8:19-21 (NKJV)
 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits 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;  because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
What is our theme Scripture communicating? The whole of creation has been put in bondage because of the fall. Scripture calls it “The bondage of corruption.” The Greek word translated “corruption” also means, “decay.”
The creation we see and admire so much has been put in bondage because of the fall. The verse 20 says, creation has been subjected to futility. In other words, creation has been deprived of its beauty and vigour. When man fell from the great height of glory, humankind acquired a corruptible body. But we couldn’t have lived in an incorruptible or perfect environment with our corruptible bodies. As a result, God subjected all of creation to the same bondage of corruption; not that creation was willing to, but God did so, with the hope that the beauty of creation will be unveiled only when the children of God are revealed. That is why the verse 19 of our theme Scripture says, “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.” Creation has an earnest expectation; all of creation is eagerly waiting for the revealing of the sons of God. The Greek word translated “revealing” also means, “manifestation” or “appearance.” It is used of events by which things or states or persons hitherto withdrawn from view are made visible to all.
You see, until our glory is uncovered, creation will not be freed from the bondage of corruption. There is something called, “The glorious liberty of the children of God.” It has to do with the unveiling of our glory when we shall put on our glorified bodies at the coming of Christ. This is what we are to eagerly wait for; and this is what the whole of creation is eagerly waiting for. When we are revealed, all of creation will also be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Shouldn’t we desire and live in hope of this liberty, so all of creation will also be freed?