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On the Natural Creation. quences of abusing it. In one
passage, the creation is with Y the natural creation is admirable sublimity personified,
we live the vegetable and ani- complaining of the abuse it remal kingdoms, in their infinite ceives from us; but groaning variety, and the sun, moon, and under bondage, and travailing in other luminaries. Whatever is pain for deliverance; for thous created is properly acrcature, this sands of years, from the slavery is the import of the word. In this and abuse by which it is subjeci. paper however, no other part of ed by man. « For the earnest creation will be respected but expectation of the creature waitthat with which man is especial-eth for the manifestation of the ly connected, and which admin- sons of God. For the creature isters to him. We are contin- was made subject to vanity, not ually conversant with the crea- willingly, but by reason of him, ture, and are supplied with food, who hath subjected the same in raiment, shelter, light and innu- hope. Because the creature itmerable comforts by it, and we self also, shall be delivered from are responsible to God its au- the bondage of corruption, into thor, for the manner and pur- the glorious liberty of the chilposes for which we use it. And | dren of God. For we know, it is of some importance to us, that the whole creation groaneth that we take the subject into and travaileth in pain together serious consideration. Many in- until now.”*_ This passage, it structions are given us in the is believed, respects the whole scriptures, concerning the orig- natural world, so far as it adinal state and design of our ministers to man. It represents world, and the manner in which we are to use it, and the conse- * Romans við. 19-22.
it as reluctantly in the situation, 1 things were put into subjection in which it now is, loth to be put to him. Some parts ministered to such use, and groaning with food, some pleasure, some inearnest expectation for deliver- struction, and all served to furance from bondage and corrup- nish him with subjects, in which tion, into the glorious liberty, he might behold and contemor exemption from evils, which plate the wisdom, power, goodis reserved for the sons of God. ness and perfection of his CreaThis is indeed a figurative re-tor, and be filled with admirapresentation ; but it is very plain tion and praise. In the sun, and significant, and is a striking moon and stars, he was led to exhibition of truths, which near- admire the greatness and magly concern mankind.
nificence of God, in other things, It will be to the present pur- his exquisite skill, and in all, his pose of the writer, to make a goodness ; for all were very number of observations. On the good, and answered the most beoriginal state and design of cre- nevolent purposes. All creation ation-On its subjection to van- was calculated to inspire delight, ity,And on its deliverance having an endless variety to infrom it.
crease its charms, and inspire When God had created the man, the lord of all, with sentiworld, he saw, and beheld all ments of praise and gratitude. was very good-all was as it But the creatures were not deshould be, without fault, or any signed to pamper evil lusts, or tendency to evil. The state of to serve a 'rebel against their creation was at first suited to the Creator. Their ultimate object condition of man, in his prime- was to glorify God, and enrich val innocence. There was then mankind, with the knowledge of nothing hurtful, poisonous, vora- his perfections. Man was to be cious or destructive. The lion the great high-priest of all, to and the lamb might lie down to- present them, with thanksgiving, gether. There was no such unto God, and use them in his things as disease, infirmity, old service. This was their originage or death : and no tendency al design, and in accomplishing in nature to any thing of the this, they answered the importkind. Universal welfare, har- ant end for which all things were mony and peace prevailed thro' created, and the highestend their nature. The earth also was so natures were capable of effecting. fertile, that it produced every Thus the state of creation was thing necessary to man, in luxu- harmonious and blessed, and its riant profusion, and the seasons end, the happiness and instrucaccorded with this happy state tion of man, to the glory of God. in the best manner, and all was For this the sun lighted him, the incorruptible, and calculated for fruits fed him, and the creation immortality.
in general ministered to him. The design of the creature We shall now proceed to a was, ultimately, to subserve the few observations on the subjecglory of God. The manner in tion of the creature to vanity. It which it was to do this, was to became, and now is, subject to minister unto man, that he might this in several respects. Instead use it in the service of God: all of harmony among all living VOL. V. No. 9.
things, in the animal world, original end for which it was there is now a constant, and al- made is perverted. Instead of most universal warfare. The aiding men to serve God, it beasts of prey are continually de- aids them to commit all manner vouring one creature or another. of provocations. It even sup The feathered race are pursuing plied those, who took its Creone another for food, commit ator to the cruel tree. ting depredations on the insects, This subjection to vanity is and even the fish of the sea are wholly the effect of sin-of the all pursuing, or pursued, thro'sin of man. When he sinned, the deep. Fear, jealousy and the creature felt the wound ; a terror have broken out, and dreadful subjection to evil took spread misery through the whole place. The sin of man inspired animal creation. And though the tiger with voracity, and let many animals escape the fangs him loose against the lamb, the of their pursuers, yet, in one way hawk against the dove, and the or other, all are doomed to die. fish against their inferior species. The earth too has become com- Sin was the cause of all the barparatively barren ; for God has renness in the earth, and the othsaid to man, “Cursed is the er changes by which creation is ground for thy sake. Thorns deformed. This was designed also and thistles shall it bring as a punishment to man. When forth.' Nature is subjected to man became a sinner, it was not storms, and the seasons are often fit that he should live, where all unfavorable to the production of was harmonious; and therefore the necessaries and convenien- the lower creation was given up ces of its inhabitants. All the to all this misrule and confusion. elements teem with death ; cor- | And it is the sin of man, which ruption is every where to be seen. has occasioned the creature, te A world of vanity and misery minister to rebellion against has come on the creature, and God. harmony is very much at an The creation is subject to all end. In this respect, creation is this vanity, not willingly. This now in a manner ruined—it is is indeed a figurative expression; subject to vanity
but it is a scriptural one, and very It is also subject to vanity, as significant, and assures us that it is subservient to sin, and to this is contrary to its nature and dishonor cast on God by man, end, as it was at first made and instead of being employed to his appointed. We by our sins have praise. The sun lights mankind forced it reluctantly into this to dishonor its Maker. The bondage, and pressed it into the fruits, in feeding him, pamper service of sin, and subjected it his lusts; the air he breathes is to disorder. In some respects, subjected to preserve a life of re- this is almost literally true. It is bellion; the beasts are used in the with reluctance that the beasts service of sin, are often cruelly are driven with severity, and this lashed, through the passions of often in the service of iniquity. their masters, and almost starved The creature is made to rethrough their avarice, and the main subject to all this disorder whole creation subserves the vi- and abuse out of kindness and olation of its Maker's laws. The mercy to sinful men. It was subjected to this, for a time, that design, and that it should then the purposes of gospel grace be restored from the curse. might be accomplished. Had Some observations will next not Christ graciously interpos- be made, on the deliverance of ed, the sun would have no longer the creature from vanity. The enlightened man, after he had deliverance for which the creabecomea sinner; the earth would tion groans and travails in pain, not have borne his weight, while is a release from that subjection he was abusing its Author; the to discord, death and corruption, air would not have been polluted into which it was brought, by by his lungs, nor the beasts have the fall of man : from this it submitted to his dominion. Cre- will be delivered, and be again ation would have cast him of, in a state of perfect harmony, and he would have been consign- incorruptible and eternal. It is ed over to punishment. This not meant, that the same system, would have been according to with which we are now connectjustice, and the penalty of the ed, will certainly be restored ; of divine law. But that an innu- this some may doubt; but there merable company might be sav- will be a place, harmonious and ed to the glory of infinite grace, incorruptible, suited to the state the creature was subjected to of the sons of God, where they minister to man, notwithstand will dwell for ever. The heaving his apostacy.
ens and earth which are now, Further : The creature is sub- are kept in store, reserved unto jected to this abuse in hope. fire, against the day of judgment, This scriptural figure is very ex- and perdition of ungodly men. pressive. It represents the crea. The earth shall be burnt
the ture, as submitting to vanity, on elements melt with fervent heat, no consideration, but the hope of and the heavens be rolled togethsome happy consequences, which er as a scroll, and as a vesture might be obtained by it. It sub-God shall change them, and they mits, as if in hope that Christ shall be changed ; but we look would reform the rebel man, so for new heavens, and a new that he might use this world as earth, wherein dwelleth rightnot abusing it, and as in hope eousness. This shall be the evthat Christ would be glorified, erlasting residence of the reand turn the whole scene event- deemed. ually to the honor of God, which This creation shall be put to is the ultimate end of creation. the same use, for which the presa And it is truly, for this cause, ent world was at first designed. that the creature is constrained It will be subservient to the chil. to be subject to this abuse. dren of God and to his glory
The creation may also be rep- In this new heavens and earth, resented as submitting, in hope all things will be adjusted to the that an end would come to its state of the saints, so as to acbeing abused, when Christ shall commodate them to the employhave answered his purposes ; ments for which they are rethat it might then be permitted deemed. Then the creature will to cast off the irreclaimable, and be delivered from all abuse, it administer to the people of God will no longer be perverted to oply, according to its originall serve rebels in wickedness, nor