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The Big Story. Created for SO MUCH MORE!. THE COSMIC DRAMA. Understanding the Christian Worldview as a Great Drama, and the Role We Were Created to Play in It. Our Need for Context.

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the big story

The Big Story

Created for SO MUCH MORE!

the cosmic drama
THE COSMIC DRAMA

Understanding the Christian Worldview as a Great Drama, and the Role We Were Created to Play in It

our need for context
Our Need for Context

The individual stories of our lives are lived within the context of a transcendent all-encompassing story or meta-narrative.

God has revealed that “meta-narrative” through creation, through Scripture, and through Jesus Christ.

in the beginning god

ACT 1: The Creation

  • ACT 2: The Fall
  • ACT 3: Redemption and Renewal
  • ACT 4: Glorification
IN THE BEGINNING, GOD

The true story of God, man and the universe.

A COSMIC DRAMA IN FOUR ACTS

BY

YAHWEH

the writer
THE WRITER

God’s Essential Attributes –

Belonging to Him Only

A Personal Being (Exodus 3:14)

Invisible/Spirit (John 4:24)

Eternal (Isaiah 26:4)

Immutable (Malachi 3:6)

Infinite (Psalm 147:5; 18:30)

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THE WRITER

God’s Essential Attributes –

Belonging to Him Only

Omnipotent (Luke 1:37)

Omniscient (Psalm 139:1-8)

Omnipresent (Jeremiah 23:24)

Transcendent (2 Chronicles 6:18)

Absolute Truth (Isaiah 45:19)

One God in Three Persons (2 Corinthians 13:14)

the writer2
THE WRITER

God’s Moral Attributes –

Belonging to Him and Reflected in His Image-Bearers

Perfect Love (1 John 4:8)

Perfect Righteousness (Deuteronomy 32:4)

Perfect Holiness (Leviticus 19:2)

Perfect Faithfulness (1 Corinthians 1:9; 10:13)

the script
THE SCRIPT

Truth revealed by the only true and living God –

“I am the Lord, and there is no other… I the Lord speak the truth; I declare what is right.” Isaiah 45:18-19

The General Revelation of Truth through Nature (Psalm 19:1)

The General Revelation of Truth through Conscience (Romans 2:15)

The Special Revelation of Truth through Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16)

The Special Revelation of Truth through Christ (Hebrews 1:1-2)

the creation
The Creation

Act 1

A creation of perfect harmony with:

God

Self

Others

The earth

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Revelation 4:11

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God,to receive glory and honor and power,for you created all things,and by your will they existed and were created.”

the structure of creation
The Structure of Creation

The fixed intent, nature, order, unity, harmony, and diversity of all aspects of creation

humanity
HUMANITY

Our Origin

Created by God (Genesis 1:26-28)

humanity1
HUMANITY

Our Nature

Image Bearers of God (Genesis 1:26-31)

  • Spiritual (1 Corinthians 2:11)
  • Rational (Isaiah 55:8-9)
  • Emotional (Psalm 42:1-5)
  • Moral (Romans 2:14-15)
  • Volitional (Genesis 2:15-17)
  • Creative (Exodus 35:30-33)
  • Relational (Genesis 1:28; 1 John 1:3)
  • Crowned with Glory and Honor (Psalm 8:5)
  • Finite & Dependent (John 15:5; Acts 17:25, 28)
humanity2
HUMANITY

Our Relational Purposes

To live in a relationship of harmonious fellowship with God (Ephesians 1:4-5; 1 John 1:3)

To live for the service, praise and glory of God (Ephesians 1:6-12)

To Live in a trusting, dependent relationship with God (John 15:5; Acts 17:25-28)

humanity3
HUMANITY

Our Relational Purposes

To live in a harmonious relationship with SELF by bearing and reflecting the perfect image of God (Genesis 1:26-31; Psalm 103:14; 2 Corinthians 3:18)

humanity4
HUMANITY

Our Relational Purposes

To live in a harmonious relationship with OTHERS by serving them in love within the institutions of the family, the nation and the Church (Genesis 2:18; Acts 17:26; Ephesians 2:14-16; 9-20)

humanity5
HUMANITY

Our Relational Purposes

To Live in a harmonious relationship with THE EARTH as God’s stewards by filling, subduing, caring for, and ruling over it (Genesis 1:28; 2:15)

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HUMANITY

Our Destiny

To glorify God eternally on the new earth (Revelation 4:21)

To serve and rule with God eternally over the new creation (Revelation 22:3-5)

the earth universe
THE EARTH/UNIVERSE

Its Origin

Created by God (Genesis 1:1; Ephesians 3:9)

the earth universe1
THE EARTH/UNIVERSE

Its Nature

Reflects the order and character of God (Genesis 8:22; Romans 1:20)

Very Good (Genesis 1:31)

Comprehensible (Genesis 1:26-28)

Sustained by God (Hebrews 1:3; Colossians 1:17)

Under man’s dominion (Genesis 1:26-28; Psalm 115:16)

the earth universe2
THE EARTH/UNIVERSE

Its Purpose

For God’s glory and pleasure (Psalm 19:1; Revelation 4:11)

For habitation of life (Genesis 1; Psalm 115:16)

the earth universe3
THE EARTH/UNIVERSE

Its Destiny

The renewal and eternal existence as the home of God and His redeemed image-bearers (2 Peter 3:10-13)

the fall
The Fall

Act 2

DISharmony with:

God

Self

Others

The earth

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Romans 5:12

“Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.”

the direction of creation
The Direction of Creation

The deviation from God’s creational structure caused by sin

humanity7
HUMANITY

Our Nature

Fallen, Sinful and Marred (Genesis 3; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; 5:12)

Still Crowned with Glory and Honor (Psalm 8:5)

Finite and Dependent (John 15:5; Acts 17:25, 28)

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HUMANITY

Our Relationships

Separated from and in Disharmony with God (Genesis 3:8; Isaiah 59:2)

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HUMANITY

Our Relationships

Separated from and in Disharmony with Self (Genesis 3:10; Ezra 9:6; Psalm 38:4, 18; 69:5)

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HUMANITY

Our Relationships

Separated from and in Disharmony with Others (Genesis 3:12; Proverbs 11:9; Jeremiah 9:5; James 3:16; 4:1-2)

humanity11
HUMANITY

Our Relationships

Separated from and in Disharmony with Creation (Genesis 3:17-19; Romans 8:20-21)

the earth universe4
THE EARTH/UNIVERSE

Its Nature

Good (Genesis 1:3)

the earth universe5
THE EARTH/UNIVERSE

Its Nature

Cursed and Subject to Decay because of the Fall (Genesis 3:17-19; Romans 8:20-21)

the earth universe6
THE EARTH/UNIVERSE

Its Nature

Responds Reluctantly to the Stewardship of Fallen Humanity (Genesis 3:17-19; Romans 3:23; 5:12)

phil larson and brian smith biblical integration at bju press april 10 2007
Phil Larson and Brian Smith; “Biblical Integration at BJU Press” April 10, 2007

“The brokenness of the natural order is all around us, and it is part of every academic discipline. Because it is all we have known, it is easy for us to ignore it (or to assume that the natural order has always been as it is now). Because we desire to shelter our children from the tragedies of human existence, it is easy for us to skip those aspects of the academics that deal with God’s curse on the world. But we must confront our children with the fact that this world is not as it should be. Part of being educated is knowing what is broken and why it is broken. Life is tragic, and it is tragic because God is speaking to us about our sin.”

redemption and renewal
Redemption and Renewal

Act 3

RESTORED harmony with:

God

Self

Others

The earth

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Colossians 1:19-20

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

the new direction of creation
The NEW Direction of Creation

The redemption and restoration toward God’s creational structure

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HUMANITY

Our Nature

Justified or Guiltless (Romans 5:1; Galatians 3:24)

Forgiven and Righteous (Colossians 2:13-14; Romans 4:18-25)

New Creation and Adopted Child (2 Corinthians 5:17; John 1:12-13)

Sanctified but still subject to decay and death (2 Corinthians 4:16)

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HUMANITY

Our Relationships

Restored in Harmony and Fellowship with God (Romans 5:8-11; 1 John 1:3)

Restored Harmony with Self (Jeremiah 31:13; Romans 5:11; 15:13; Galatians 5:22-23)

Being Conformed to the Glory and Image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18)

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HUMANITY

Our Relationships

Restored in Harmony with Others as Members of God’s Family, the Church (Acts 2:42-47; Ephesians 2:19; 4:1-6, 25-32; 1 Peter 2:9)

Stewards of Creation still in Disharmony due to the Fall (Genesis 3:17-19; Romans 8:20-21)

the earth universe7
THE EARTH/UNIVERSE

Its Nature

Good (Genesis 1:31)

Cursed and Subject to Decay (Romans 8:20-21)

Groans in Frustration awaiting it Liberation from Decay (Romans 8:20-23)

Still responds reluctantly to the imperfect stewardship of fallen and redeemed mankind (Romans 3:23; 5:12)

glorification
Glorification

Act 4

Perfected Eternal harmony with:

God

Self

Others

The earth

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Colossians 1:19-20

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

the perfected direction of creation
The PERFECTED Direction of Creation

The completed redemptive restoration of God’s creational structure

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HUMANITY

Our Nature

Glorified, conformed perfectly to the same image of Christ.(Romans 8:18, 30; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 John 3:2)

Eternal New Physical Body (1 Corinthians 15:35-49; Philippians 3:20-21)

humanity16
HUMANITY

Our Relationships

Perfect Harmony with God (Revelation 21:3-4)

Perfect Harmony with Self (Revelation 21:4)

Perfect Harmony with Others (Revelation 21:9-27)

Perfect Harmony with the Earth (2 Peter 3:13)

the earth universe8
THE EARTH/UNIVERSE

Its Nature and Destiny

Renewed for Eternity as the Home of God and His Children (Revelation 21:1-5)