100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #98 | with Daniel Whyte III
SCRIPTURE: Revelation 21:1-8: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
The Bible tells us that one day this old earth will be done away with. It will be destroyed and a “new heaven and a new earth” will be created in its place. In his letter to first century believers, Peter states that “the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” A few verses later, he reiterates his point by saying, “the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat. Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”
The passage we just read from Revelation 21 describes this new heaven and new earth which will come at the end of time.
Dr. John MacArthur states that “in the consummation of all things, God will renovate the heavens and the earth, merging His heaven with a new universe for a perfect dwelling-place that will be our home forever. In other words, heaven, the realm where God dwells, will expand to encompass the entire universe of creation, which will be fashioned into a perfect and glorious domain fit for the glory of heaven.”
The Bible tells us that this new heaven and new earth will be so awesome, and so wonderful, that we will not even remember the old heaven and earth. Speaking through the Prophet Isaiah, God said, “Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.”
Today, I want to briefly share with you three ways in which God will make all things new in this new heaven and new earth.
1. First of all, God will make us new spiritually and morally.
2. Secondly, God will make us physically new.
3. Thirdly, and finally today, God will make a new creation.
+ Plus, listen to Steven Curtis Chapman singing “All Things New” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”