Distinctives Part VII - Paradise Restored
Part of the imagery associated with redemption pictures it as a return to paradise. God is in the business of redeeming His people to be what He created them to be. What did He create us to be? As we examine the creation account, we find that God created Adam and Eve as His viceroys to rule the earth and as His priests to offer up their labor in worship. God made us to be Kings and Priests on earth - and this is the very thing the New Testament calls us as His redeemed people. What implications does this identity have for our calling as the people of God?
Stuart Bryan is the pastor of Trinity Church. He and his wife, Paige, have seven children, four homegrown, two adopted from the lovely land of Guatemala, and one adopted from Ukraine. Stuart earned his B.A. in Religion from Whitworth College and his M.A. in Theological and Historical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.