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New Testament Voices

New Testament scripture related to caring for creation

(All verses are from the New Revised Standard Version.)

Matthew 6:26 
“Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.”

Luke 12:6
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies?  And not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight.”

John 1 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being…And the Word became flesh and lived among us …” (verses 1-3, 14)

John 3:16-17 

“For God so loved the world...” (“world” in Greek translates as “cosmos”).

Matthew 12:33-37, 13:24-30, 18:10-14;
Mark 4:26-29, 30-32;
Luke 15:1-7;
John 15:1-7  

Examples of parables and analogies that call upon the natural world.

Acts 17:27-28 

“…indeed [God] is not far from us.  For ‘In [God] we live and move and have our being’….”

Romans 8:19-23 

“…the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.  We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now …” (verses 21-22)

Ephesians 1:7-10 

“… [God] set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things to him, things in heaven and things on earth.”  (verses 9-10)

Colossians 1:15-20 

“[Christ] himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together … and through him God was pleased to reconcile to [God-self] all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.”  (verses 17, 20)

Revelation 4:6b-11 

“And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to the one who is seated on the throne . . . they cast their crowns before the throne, singing, ‘You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.’” (verses 9-11)

Revelation 21:1-5 

Heaven and Earth made one.

Revelation 22:1-2

"Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb, through the middle of the street of the city.  On either side of the river ist he tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations."

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