Subjected in hope

20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. – Romans 8:20-21

Who is the “Him” in verse 20 who subjects creation to futility? Is it Satan? Physics? No, it is God. God is ultimately sovereign over the futility of creation. And we know it is God, because creation is subjected “in hope”. Our hope in the midst of futility comes from the very fact that we know it is God who has ordained the futility. Because the futility of this world is under the sovereignty of God, though we might not comprehend it, we can be assured that He has a divine design in it for our good and for His glory.

Because it is God who has done it, then we have the sure hope that, one day, He will also have the sovereignty to set creation “free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God”. If we lose the sovereignty of God, then we lose our hope as well.

Links: The Goodness of God and the Reality of Evil, The Sovereignty of God @ DG

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