Material World Matters

Christians often believe that the real Christian life is reserved mainly for a future time when Christ returns to establish his Kingdom. However, the current material world matters to God. The fact that Jesus was resurrected within a human body reflects the importance God has placed on the Creation and its redemption. As a result of the resurrection the Apostle Paul addressed the importance of the redemption of both the personal life and the culture. Many Christians tend to establish a false dualistic dichotomy (split) between spiritual things and the things that make up this world. This was actually the worldview that the Gnostics and other heretics were trying to bring into the early churches which Paul had to confront. 

The Christian life is not a dualistic split between the spiritual things in life and the world. Every facet of life is under the authority of Jesus. He clearly stated this in Mathew 28: 18, "All authority has been given to me in heaven and on the earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you; and lo I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

All authority means that the rule of Jesus permeates every area of life. This would include such controversial areas as the arts, government, politics, law, business, academics and the sciences, just to name a few. Christians do not have to give up the influence of Christianity in any area of life. Christ owns it all and everything is under His authority.

The following video clip helps to explain how unique and powerful the resurrection was. The Creation and the material world we live in remains very important to God and a part of his plan of redemption. Everything matters to God and he wants to spread the influence of Christianity in every facet of our lives.


Greatness of the Resurrection