My wife asked me this morning, “If all creation was impacted by sin, then what was the impact of the fall on ‘time’ and what are/have been the consequences?”
I am stumped! Does anyone have a thought or two?
God is eternal, without time. God created time. All of creation was made in six days and God rested on the seventh yet the sixth day is still under formation for it will not be perfect – good- until Jesus returns and a new heaven and earth is revealed. “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” But we know, because of the fall which God fore-knew would happen, that this world is not good – yet. There is sin, sickness and death, this is the sixth day, God is still working..
When we die we will be raised in Christ along with all the Saints who have gone before at one time with the Saints caught up in the rapture. We will be with Christ, in Christ, eternal with no need of time or it’s restraints. Maranatha.
I have no arguments with what you have written but that doesn’t answer the basic question: how has time which is an element of God’s creation, been impacted by the fall?
If the outcome of Christ’s atonement is our santification, freed from sin, which leads to eternal life, and, the wages of sin is death, then time, which is apart from eternal life, must therefore be a part of, in consequence of/to, the death, the fall.
Time was/is not impacted by the fall, time was created as a result of the (oncoming) fall which God knew would happen before creation. The remedy of sin and therefore the remedy of time, is Jesus, the Christ. The first born, the first creation. Jesus was/is the element/person time was created in and through.
How I arrived at this through scripture:
Colossians 1:15 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.”
Or as the New Living Translation tells us: “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,”
Colossians 1:20 “and through him to reconcile to himself all things (including time), whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”
Philippians 3:21 “who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, (including us, who are sinful, fallen, entrapped in time) will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” (Free from sin, free from time – Eternal)
Genesis 1:3 “And God said, (Spoke the Word, John 1:1) “Let there be light,” and there was light.” God is saying, “Let my Truth be known, be revealed.” “I Am”
John 1:1-4 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men.”
John 8:12 “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world (Let there be Light). Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life ( I am the embodiment of God): no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Born as mortal man to be the propitiation of, atonement for our sin, our fallen nature.
2 Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
Galatians 4:4-5 (4)“But when the fullness of time came, God sent forth his son, born of a woman, born under the law” the providential preparation of God in anticipation of the sending of His Son.
(5)”That he might redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons”
John 8:34 “Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin.”
Romans 6:16 “Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey–whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?”
Romans 6: 20-23 “For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Sin cannot exist without our sense of time. Sin, like all aspects of ethics and morality, depends on a relationship between cause and effect which in turn relies on a concept of time moving in a forward direction. In the eternal present there can be no sin.
Very philosophical! I am impressed. QHS must have had an impact. I like the case and effect argument. But still, if creation is imperfect, time which is created, must also reveal imperfections.
The answers to our questions always depend on our level of consciousness and understanding which more often than not is based on what we have heard rather than what we believe based on our own personal understanding. If we are going to go by religion sin will always be culprit of all of man’s problems. However from an universal standpoint there is no sin but the power to choose one situation from another. In order for man to be autonomous and have free will or freedom of choice he must have the ability to choose from different alternatives otherwise he, man would be a puppet.
In reference to time there is no time, the only moment that truly exists is the present moment. Everything that is ever going to happen happens in the now. There is no past and there is no future. Human beings are under the perception of time because everything must be chosen by man even the time he wants to live in. He can choose to live in the past, the present or the future. However, all of his opportunities can only exist in the present moment.
Have a great Sunday and God bless!
Wow, this question is going in all directions! Thanks for the feedback.
Interesting question. Time equals age and increased age leads to death… I would assume pre-fall Adam and Eve were eternal beings, unrestrained by time?
… and yet the creation event was measured in time – Seven days. I have been fascinated by all the responses. Thank you
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