Let’s read Romans 8:19-22, which says, “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”

Three times in this portion, we read the word ‘creature’ and once we read the word ‘creation.’  Actually, there is only one Greek word used here that is translated as creature and creation.  We often think of a creature as a wild beast that has not been tamed.  In this portion, that is not the meaning at all.  In fact, we read in Mark 16:15, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”  It is the same Greek word used here as in Romans 8:19-22.  In Mark 16:15, we can see that the word creature must refer to an intelligent, thinking person.  The word seems to refer to all  parts of God’s creation. 

How blessed it is to know that when we receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our savior, we become a BRAND NEW CREATURE.   We read in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”  Salvation does not improve us…it makes us new.  It makes us to become a NEW CREATURE.  

Let us consider Colossians 1:16, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.”  This references all things that are part of God’s creation.  We were created by the Lord and we were created for Him.  As His creatures, we are obligated to our creator.  This verse speaks of the Lord Jesus Christ as our creator. 

Solomon encourages us to be aware of our creator even at an early age.  He wrote in Ecclesiastes 12:1, “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.” 

The Lord speaks of those who esteem God’s creation more than they esteem Him.  We read in Romans 1:24-25, “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”

May we become well aware that we are God’s creation.  The Lord created ALL things.  We are subject to the authority of our creator.  Being born, we become part of God’s creation.  Being born again, we are part of God’s new creation!  (386.6)