One of the emphasis that will come through in this blog is that Creation is Primary, and not Redemption. Redemption is of course a majestic, magnificent matter, however.
Chew over these words from Geoff Bingham. It may entice you to download the book, in PDF form to read:
“When we ask why it should be said that creation is primary, the answer must be, ‘If creation fails, then God fails’, in which case He does not prove to be ‘a faithful Creator’. In a myriad of ways God would be less than His word claims Him to be.
No matter what element of Scripture we read, it will always have to do with creation, at least in the last analysis. It is simple enough to see that the Scriptures commence with an account of creation and close with an account of the new creation, but does that have to be significant? Conceivably it could mean that God had failed with His initial creation —called ‘the old creation’ by contrast with the new—and had to start again.
If creation fails, then all has failed: God has failed. Making a new and different creation is not the sign of God’s success but of His failure. Indeed a new creation has no guarantee, either, that it will succeed. If the work of redemption is a corrective and an aid to initial creation, then that is not good enough: creation would still prove to be defective if it were to fail. It must succeed. Those who see redemption as a ‘repair job’ of God, as though an afterthought—an expediency to meet a contingency—have missed the point. Either redemption is incorporated into God’s plan prior to creation—having creation in view—or creation has failed.”