When Jesus came to the earth, died, and was raised from the dead, the veil of separation between God and man was torn in two. Mankind was again able to commune with God through Jesus. In knowing Jesus, we have died with Christ, are born again, and are made new with a new nature. We are new creations in Jesus. We are restored back to our original state before sin.
The rest of creation, however, has not been restored. It remains, to this day, in bondage to the corruption of sin. The veil of separation remains over creation isolated away from God. Creation does not and cannot enjoy the ability and privilege to commune with the living God.
In Isaiah chapter 11 and again in chapter 65, we see a picture of wolves lying with lambs and of lions with young calves. The predator no longer feeds on the prey. It also says snakes will no longer do damage, and even young children can play in the snakes’ den. The lion will eat straw like an ox. How does this happen? It does not happen through domestication. It can only happen by having a change of nature. Their nature will be changed the same way our nature was changed. It has to hear the testimony of Jesus, by faith die, be born again, and become a new creation with a new nature. Humans are not the only ones to become new creations in Christ.
We have somehow lost an understanding of an essential aspect of salvation and of the gospel. In Mark chapter 16, Jesus commands the disciples to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. “To every creature”, could also be translated “to all creation.” When we heard the gospel message, we responded in faith and received salvation. Creation is longing to hear the gospel, so that it too may respond in faith and receive salvation.
When lions hear the gospel, their nature is changed to eat straw and no longer kill for food. This is when lions lay with lambs. They receive a new nature. It is no longer in their nature to kill or do harm. When Paul talks about the creation being set free from the bondage of corruption and brought into the glorious liberty of the sons of God, he is speaking of salvation. Salvation is to be set free from sin and death, to be born again with a new nature, and restored back to the original state apart from sin and in communion with God.