Creation & Salvation

fullsizeoutput_917I learned recently about some of the parallels of how God freely created all things ex nihilo (from nothing or out of nothing), and how that parallels with salvation in Christ. I never thought these two paralleled until now.

Salvation on the ground level could be described as the announcement of the gospel through which the Holy Spirit births faith in one or more individuals in Christ Jesus.[1] In the words of the Apostle Paul, salvation brings about a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17), or as Jesus said, “unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (Jn. 3:3).

So we see in salvation that creation is occurring, and this new creation of an individual is not due to the will of man, but up to the merciful will of God (Rom. 9:16). In comparison to the doctrine of creation, which could be defined as the act where God freely chose to create all that is ex nihilo,[2] we learn that creation occurred based upon the decisive decision of God alone. As Augustine said, “Before all times only you are.”[3] Michael Horton makes this comparison of creation and salvation by saying; “it is this pattern of ex nihilo creation that serves as a constant parallel for the “new creation” language that follows in redemptive history.”[4] So, we gather from a biblical comparison here that God alone is the decisive cause of both the creation of the world and the creation of a Christian.

It could be described like this: A young man tells another man that there is a coffee shop in front of him and asks him to go with him to it. But the man says, “You’re crazy, there isn’t a coffee shop here, I don’t see it.” And the other says, “Well, of course you don’t, because you have a blindfold on, let me take that off…” And upon taking it off, the man sees the coffee shop clear as day. And says, “it’s so obvious, why didn’t I see it sooner!” “Well, it’s because you were blinded.” And the man replies, “I didn’t have a blindfold on.” And the other says, “You did, but you didn’t know it.” In the same way, sin and Satan have blinded the minds of unbelievers, and they don’t even realize they’re blinded. So how is the blindfold removed? Through someone being taught the good news of the gospel through which the Holy Spirit removes blindfold, and that is the power of the gospel.

[1] Michael Horton, The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), 566.

[2] Horton, 329.

[3] Horton, 326.

[4] Horton, 327.

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