In Proposition 146, George Peters states:
“This Kingdom is associated with the deliverance of creation.”
This theme of regeneration and restoration is added upon by Peters with a look at the deliverance that is declared will take place for creation upon the establishment of the Kingdom. We know there is a current state of bondage from the words of Paul in Romans 8:22-24 which states
“22 For we know that the whole creation groans together and suffers birth pains until now — 23 and not only creation, but even ourselves. We ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Ruach, groan inwardly as we eagerly wait for adoption — the redemption of our body.
24 For in hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?” (TLV)
In order for this current state of bondage, decay, and groaning to be dealt with, creation must be delivered from what it currently experiences. As Paul as noted, creation includes not just what we typically think of when we hear the word creation (i.e. the earth, the heavens, etc.). Creation also includes man. All of creation will be delivered from the bondage it is currently enslaved to due to sin. This deliverance will take place at an appointed time, namely at the establishment of the Kingdom at the Second Advent.
The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 146 is the following:
“One of the striking peculiarities attached to Millennial prophecies describing the establishment of this Kingdom, is, that the land, the earth is represented as participating in the favors of the King; and the joy and happiness of the nations is immeasurably enhanced by their liberal bestowal. This is so clearly and explicitly stated, was so universally received b the early Church, and has been so generally entertained by eminent divines of all denominations, that it needs no special pleading. Even our opponents, who are the most disposed to depart from the grammatical meaning and engraft a spiritual sense, admit that, if those predictions are fulfilled as recorded, they must bring back a Paradise regained. No system of Theology is completed, without, in one form or another, advocating a final restoration of nature. Without detaining ourselves with a feature that is so commonly received, let our attention be directed to several disputed points.”
I affirm the thoughts of Peters in this observation, specifically when it comes to the importance of recognizing the extent of the deliverance that will take place at the Second Advent. Far too often, we are man centric in our understanding and application of this coming deliverance. Most certainly the righteous will experience full deliverance when sin and death are dealt their eternal blow. With that said, we must not forget that all of creation will be delivered. This is as we have been noting for several posts in a row, a return to that which was lost in the Garden. The timeline of salvation history will make its complete cycle and restoration/regeneration/deliverance will be experienced by the righteous and all of creation will no longer be in slavery and bondage to the impact of sin. This is so fundamental to the entire message and flow of Scripture that it cannot be denied. Unfortunately, while it is not often denied, it is often overlooked.