In this article we are going to look at the restoration of all things and what the Bible is speaking of when it refers to the restoration of all things.
Act 3:21 says, “Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.”
In this verse, Peter is speaking of the restoration of all things and he says the heavens have received Jesus until the time of the restoration of all things.
It is important to notice that Peter says the prophets have been speaking of the restoration of all things since the world began. When Peter mentions the beginning of the world he is referring to the fall of the world. Peter is saying that ever since the fall of the world, God has been speaking through the prophets concerning His plan to bring restoration to everything that happened in the fall through Jesus.
When looking at the restoration of all things and trying to understand what is being said there, it is important to define it from the foundation of God’s original intent and purpose in creating man and creating the heavens and the earth and everything in it.
God had something in His heart when He created everything. He was not just playing around to see what would happen. He had a specific desire in His heart. Therefore, if we want to know what the restoration of all things speaks of it is important to first be able to understand what was in God’s heart to begin with.
God’s original intent was that man would be His friend and be one with the Godhead through His Spirit dwelling inside of man and clothing man with His glory and His eternal life. And He desired to be able to live with man eternally in love on a glorified earth enjoying a glorified creation . . . a creation with nothing but light and life in it where they could experience life in and through one another and live out there passions and dreams with each other.
Genesis 1 begins with God bringing about the desire in His heart for His life. He made everything in the heavens and in the earth. He filled out the heavens with the stars, the moon, the sun, and the sky. He filled out the earth with the grass, the trees, the flowers, the water, and the animals.
Then, when the work was finished, God made man from the dust of the ground giving him dominion over everything in the earth, and breathed the breath of life into him. His desire was for man to take the life and dominion He had given him and eat from the Tree of Life and not the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. God desired for man to believe on Him and the Spirit of Grace as their provision for life and not believe on the works of their own hands so that through this they would live in a glorified body in a glorified state in a glorified creation with God for all eternity.
But the first man Adam did not eat from the Tree of Life. Instead, he ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. He did not believe on the Spirit of Grace as His provision for life. He believed on the strength of the flesh to be his provision for life. Now, because He had dominion over all of the earth, he plunged himself and all of creation into death and darkness. When he ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil as the food that could give him life, he subjected himself and all of the earth to corruption and a corruptible state.
God never intended for man or creation to be subject to death and decay. He never intended for the bodies of man to be subject to corruption. He never intended for their soul’s and their bodies to experience death and dying. He never intended for man to experience murder, and gossip, and envy, and covetousness and any other of the works of the flesh. He never intended for creation to be subject to corruption. He never intended for their to be hurricanes, and droughts and any other catastrophes.
The restoration of all things that Peter speaks of in Acts 3 is referring to the manifestation of God’s original intent for His life with man at the appearing of Christ. It is referring to the restoration of what God intended when he made mankind and all of creation. It speaks of what had become crooked from God’s original desire in making man and all of creation now becoming straight. It speaks of that which was made subject to corruption being restored to an incorruptible state.
The restoration of all things points to the end of the fallen world or the end of what Paul called this present evil age. The present evil age Paul spoke of is the age in which we can still see the remnants of sin and death in our lives and in creation. The restoration of all things is when we will no longer see sin and death or the fruit of sin and death anywhere in our lives or anywhere in creation. It speaks of all who believed being glorified with eternal life and all of creation being glorified with them; of mankind living with God in a glorified state in a glorified creation in love for all eternity, never to be subject to death and corruption again.
2nd Corinthians 5:18 says God was in Christ reconciling the world back to Himself. He was reconciling the world back to His original intent and purpose through the last Adam Jesus. He was giving Himself a confident expectation that His dream for His life with man would come to pass.
The last Adam came and did what the first man Adam did not do. He ate from the Tree of of Life instead of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. He believed on the Father and His Spirit of Grace as his provision for life instead of believing on the strength of the flesh as his provision for life. Because of that, there could now be a man who has dominion seated in the Godhead, and the world could be reconciled back to God and redeemed from sin and death.
The work that was needed to bring about the restoration of all things is complete. We have the down payment of what that work accomplished in the form of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us shedding abroad the love of God in our hearts as we patiently wait the full manifestation of what God accomplished in Jesus to appear. We are now co-laboring with Christ through the preaching of the Gospel so the knowledge of the glory of the Lord can fill the earth until the appearing of our Lord Jesus and the manifestation of the redemption of our bodies and all of creation from corruption to incorruption, even the restoration of all things.
I pray this stirred the Spirit in you and brought understanding concerning the restoration of all things. In the next blog post I will explain the new heaven and the new earth.