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Maker of Heaven and Earth


The world is a dark place. We can easily become discouraged and fearful as we observe history unfolding in an undeniably ungodly direction. The culture becomes increasingly hostile toward God and his people. Yet, Christians ought to take comfort in the fact that the “maker of heaven and earth” holds his creation in his hand, is actively working his will, and will, one day, “make all things new.”

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As the supreme being over all things, God’s primary determination must be to display his own glory. John Calvin claimed that the cosmos is the theater of God’s glory. Calvin is right, for the entire created order exists for one great purpose: to display the glory of God through the redemption of sinners through Jesus Christ the Son. Creation leads to new creation. Thus, God ultimately created the cosmos for redemptive purposes. The agent of creation becomes the agent of redemption. One day, the agent of redemption will become the agent of new creation.

Our hearts ache to return to Eden. We ache to return to Genesis 2, as if Genesis 3 never happened, but we do so in vain. Going backward is impossible and would not be for God’s greater glory. Rather, we go forward. We strive for the new heaven and new earth, not the old. We groan with the rest of creation, awaiting the return of Christ and the fullness of God’s kingdom (Rom. 8:22). From Genesis to Revelation we will see the glory of God. Then, finally, one day we will hear him say, “Behold, I am making all things new” (Rev. 21:5; cf. 2 Cor. 5:17).

This promise of new creation ought to bring comfort to the Christian. God takes responsibility for his creation, and he will see it through to glory. God will bring his children home by his providential care. God’s provision is perhaps never more sweetly summarized than in the first article of Luther’s Small Catechism of 1529:

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I believe that God has created me and all that exists; that he has given me and still sustains my body and soul, all my limbs and senses, my reason and all the faculties of my mind, together with food and clothing, house and home, family and property; that he provides me daily and abundantly with all the necessities of life, protects me from all danger, and preserves me from all evil.

Do you so believe? We believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

—Albert Mohler, The Apostles’ Creed (Crossway, 2019), 25–26.



Posted 2020·02·17 by David Kjos
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