I came up with this term myself. If we look at the creation narrative in Genesis 1, 2, and 3, we see that God created the heavens and the earth. God created the plants, animals, fish, and seas. God created night and day and lastly God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the garden. (Not in that order, but you get my point) But what I mean by creation, interrupted is that the story was not over. Most people would say, “Yes, of course we realize that the story was not over because through disobedience, sin entered creation.” But the fact of the matter is that, Adam and Eve never got the finished product of creation, which was the tree of life. Before, Adam and Eve could lay their hand on the tree of life, God banished them from the garden, as an act of mercy so that they would not forcibly eat and live forever in the state of sin. But that is my exact point, the creation was interrupted.
I have used this example before but I think it fits. Imagine being in an argument and the other person is not letting you get your point across and keeps interrupting you. They cut you off every time you open your mouth to speak, never listening to your viewpoint. And then as soon as they are done “proving their point”, they walk away. You never are allowed the opportunity to finish the conversation. I actually believe that this feeling of interruption, the feeling of not being able to complete something, and how it makes people angry, bitter, and disillusioned is exactly the state of humanity, as a result of being banished from the garden. We could not finish or complete our story. We were unable to see what eating from that tree would have done for us.
Now, whether the tree was literal, symbolic, metaphorical for our obedience to God is not the point. Obedience to God is the point. Through our obedience, we would have experienced the very completion of our story. And the revealing aspect of who God actually was and is would have come to its eventual conclusion for the first humans. If we know God as, Father, Son, and Spirit, then the Father, Son, and Spirit would have been revealed to us. Father, Son, and Spirit were not New Testament revelations, but they are the hidden mystery before the time began.
Christ would have been revealed as would have the Spirit. If the Word was God, and the Word created everything that is, then why would humanity not know their Creator? The Spirit would have been the very life of God in the first humans, giving them the power of God in their lives and giving them their inheritance, which was life forever with God. Creation, interrupted.
So, when I hear people go back to the original creation and say, “God created everything as good”, which the apostle Paul also references in 1 Timothy 4.4,
“For everything created by God is good and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude.” I think, “Yes, but creation was not over.” Our inheritance is not going to be God’s creation, but God himself. That we are going to live as “New Creation”, not disembodied beings, because of the resurrection of Christ but our bodies will take upon themselves the finished creation. Creation, completed.
I know this may sound confusing, but I am going to continue to write about this because it is our story. Humanity desires the tree of life to live forever because death is truly an enemy. The cross of Christ took the death that sin created, and when Jesus cried out, “It is finished”, creation was completed.