One of the problems with many revivals is that they only touch a part of life and thus run out of steam, this is because they lack a Biblical Worldview. In this post I want to look at some of the important elements of a Christian worldview.
Christ’s Lordship over all things; The Bible shows us that Jesus Christ is Lord of Lords and King of Kings and that there is no area of life exempt from his Lordship. Jesus is Lord not only of the religious areas of our being but of the whole of life. This can be clearly seen in the practical application given both in the Gospels and in the Letters and also and perhaps more clearly in the book of Revelation.
Creation.The doctrine of creation is vital for a Christian understanding of the world for two reasons,firstly it teaches us the distinction between the creator and the creation, secondly it shows us that creation is good.
Firstly The Creator-creature distinction, it is vital to maintain that God is transcendent above his creation, he is in no way part of creation. He brought the created word in to being, and he sustains the world moment by moment. Pantheism denies this by seeing the universe as part of God,while Panentheists assert that creation is God’s body neither of which is true to the biblical revelation. it is only as we maintain the Creator-creature distinction that we can see the significant part that each creature has in the plan of God.
Secondly, creation is good when God created the world his verdict was that it was good. Many have tried to teach that the material existence is not good this is the fruit of Greek philosophy and shows a contempt for the physical world. But the scripture affirms both the original creation of matter as good and that the present creation is good but broken,yet it looks forward to a day when all things will be perfected in the new heaven and earth. Our physical bodies are a part of God’s creation and must not be despised but rather taken care of.
Fall; Sadly the Fall brought all sorts of damage into God’s good creation, the world is under God’s curse, and man himself is separated from God. Illness,disease, fatigue and pollution are all results of man’s rebellion against God. Man is broken and harmed in many ways, yet he is created in the image of God. Sometimes theologians talk of humankind being totally depraved, by this they mean that the fall has affected every part of man’s being, they do not mean that every man is as bad as possible.
The fall was something that took place in history that disrupted humankind’s relationship with God and brought about the consequences that we see around us today.
Redemption: As soon as man fell, God gave a promise of redemption and the whole of the bible shows the outworking of God’s redemptive plan which reaches its culmination in Jesus Christ.
Jesus did not come just to save souls but to remove the curse from creation. The New Testament teaches clearly that Jesus came not only to redeem humankind from sin, but also to liberate the planet from its bondage to the curse. Jesus came to reclaim the universe for the reign of God. Jesus taught us to pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, to pray this prayer is to pray that God will be glorified in the whole of creation and in the whole of our lives.
Consummation: One day Jesus is coming back in glory to complete the work of breaking the curse. I the new heaven and the new earth creation will at last be liberated to its bondage to decay and will enter into what was intended for it from the beginning, creation will fully display the glory of God.
The creation will be beautiful and we will have new bodies and will be made perfect. Sin and all its consequences will have been removed from the whole of creation.
As we wait for that glorious day it is our calling to live for God’s glory and to work to see his kingdom come in some small way in our day. For this task we will need to fix our eyes on Jesus, to see the wonder of what he has done upon the cross. We will also need to realize that even now God the Father has adopted us into his family. And we will desire to be filled by the Holy Spirit so we can do the Lord’s work in the Lord’s way