Theology of Land
It’s vital for Christians to have a theology of the land as a result of it’s a vital theme within the Bible. The problem now we have in our fashionable western world is that the idea of land has been lowered to a commodity that we name actual property—it’s one thing that may be purchased or offered. However land is historically a spot of heritage; it’s a spot of identification. So it’s not stunning that in a world the place we see land as a commodity, we fail to have a strong theology of the land.
However we as Christians imagine in a bodily resurrection. And if we imagine in a bodily resurrection, then land is integral to our existence. We frequently discuss how the Bible redeems folks with out enthusiastic about the place these folks will dwell. We all know that human beings want a bodily world by which to dwell. What about our resurrected, bodily our bodies? Inside this understanding of God’s possession of all the earth, we’re launched to the entire concept of a holy land.
A Blessing for All of the Earth
This idea begins in Eden and we see that it’s God’s presence within the land that sanctifies it. And because the Bible proceeds, we discovered that there’s a new Eden which is seen within the nation of Israel who’re a selected folks dwelling in a selected land. However that’s not an finish in itself however it’s that by this holy land that every one the earth is perhaps blessed. And this finds its achievement by the resurrection of Jesus. Via the resurrection of Jesus, this results in God blessing all the earth. And we see that after the resurrection of Jesus, God sends the Holy Spirit, who fills not simply Israel, however the entire earth together with his glory.
God has not given up on this world, so we must always keep in mind the unique mandate that was given to our forebearer Adam.
And so in some ways, the theology of the New Testomony is shifting from a holy land to a holy earth and God’s presence is with us on the earth. So in growing a theology of the land, we must be very cautious to not worship the land. That’s idolatry, and it’s very prevalent within the twenty-first-century world. However equally true, we have to keep in mind the truth that God values the land and so creation care is vital for Christians.
God has not given up on this world, so we must always keep in mind the unique mandate that was given to our forebearer Adam: to take care of this world and to be God’s vice-regent inside this world. We see this mandate is fulfilled within the closing Adam, Jesus, and so we too ought to have a strong theology of the land.
Ian Okay. Smith is the writer of Not Residence But: How the Renewal of the Earth Matches into God’s Plan for the World.
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