Monday, December 10, 2007

Vermeer's Milkmaid and cosmic radiance

In the last post, I said that the beauty of this picture lies in the way the sunlight illuminates the surfaces of the humble room. In the same way, the Christian can see the beauty of the world through consciousness of the creating and sustaining work of God.

However, the world is not as it should be. It is darkened by the ruining effects of sin.

This state of things will not continue forever. The creation shall be renewed by the working of God. Creation shall be renewed in the future. The new heavens and the new earth is not, as is often thought, the destruction of the world, but rather its transfiguration and transformation through the working of Christ's resurrection power.

We read in 1 Corinthians that one day, God will be all in all, His presence being manifest in all creation and transforming its nature so that God's glory is displayed in it. The whole universe will be deified and bathed in the light of God's eternal energy.

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