CREATION. We live in a created world. God made it and he made it well. There is beauty in our world and we need not fear or flee it. We can affirm the goodness of creation and participate in making our world better. Our world belongs to God, therefore it also belongs to us. Not only are we stewards of God’s good creation, we’re also heirs.
FALL. We live in a fallen world. There is pain and brokenness and evil in our world. All things are fallen and all things have been bent away from good. Because of this we are not surprised by all that is wrong in the world. We know God’s heart is grieved and we share in his sorrow, all the more so because of our culpability in the fall.
REDEMPTION. We live in a loved world. God has not abandoned our world because of its fall. God has not abandoned us because of our rebellion against him. Instead, God did something quite unexpected. He redoubled his overtures toward our world. Knowing that we could never pay for our sins, he sent his Son to pay the price for us.
What difference does it all make?
Here are some examples:
The doctrine of CREATION means there is no separation in the Christian life between the sacred and the ordinary. Going to work or school can be just as holy as going to church.
The doctrine of the FALL means that we can be patient and sober when things go against us. There is a resilience to our living.
The doctrine of REDEMPTION means that life is full of hope. Because all of creation is fallen, God made the reach of redemption as wide as all of creation. We long for the salvation of souls; we also long for justice in all the world.