65. What is the relationship between the work of creation and the work of redemption?

The work of creation culminates in the still greater work of redemption, which in fact gives rise to a new creation in which everything will recover its true meaning and fulfillment.


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345. The sabbath - the end of the work of the six days. the sacred text says that "on the seventh day God finished his work which he had done", that the "heavens and the earth were finished", and that God "rested" on this day and sanctified and blessed it. These inspired words are rich in profitable instruction:

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346. In creation God laid a foundation and established laws that remain firm, on which the believer can rely with confidence, for they are the sign and pledge of the unshakeable faithfulness of God's covenant. For his part man must remain faithful to this foundation, and respect the laws which the Creator has written into it.

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347. Creation was fashioned with a view to the sabbath and therefore for the worship and adoration of God. Worship is inscribed in the order of creation. As the rule of St. Benedict says, nothing should take precedence over "the work of God", that is, solemn worship. This indicates the right order of human concerns.

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348. The sabbath is at the heart of Israel's law. To keep the commandments is to correspond to the wisdom and the will of God as expressed in his work of creation.

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349. The eighth day. But for us a new day has dawned: the day of Christ's Resurrection. the seventh day completes the first creation. the eighth day begins the new creation. Thus, the work of creation culminates in the greater work of redemption. the first creation finds its meaning and its summit in the new creation in Christ, the splendour of which surpasses that of the first creation.


Acesse nossos estudos biblicos:

How important is community in the midst of suffering, according to Job 42:10-11?

What does the mutual admiration between loved ones mean in the book of Songs?

What can we learn about divine wrath and protection of the righteous from the book of Nahum?

What is the power of gratitude and how can we practice it in our daily lives, according to Psalm 100?

What is God’s sovereignty and how does it relate to human freedom, as described in 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12?

What can we learn about the desire to always be with a loved one from Songs 3:1-5 and 6:1-3?

What is the criticism against relying on military force instead of God in Amos 2:14-16?

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