BCL Grow: New Creation — Revelation 21:1-3
Revelation 21:1-3 (Redemption)
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. — Revelation 21:1-3
“…the emphasis is on God dwelling again with man, the enmity between them ended, and the sin that separated man from God forgiven. John even says later that in the eternal city of God, ‘no longer will there be anything accursed,’ and, perhaps most gloriously of all, God’s servants ‘will see his face’ (Rev. 22:4).” — Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert, What Is the Mission of the Church? Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission, p. 89.
3 Steps to Take
1. Remember: Because everything we do is tainted by sin, there is no ultimate salvation to be found in ourselves or in creation by our own works. While we steward the earth, salvation from our sin and its corruption is found by faith in Christ Jesus alone.
2. Reflect: It is easy to get overwhelmed by all the evil and suffering around us. Yet, we must not forget the many blessings we enjoy in this fallen world. What are some of the marvelous good things that you can give thanks to God for today while you wait with hope for the new heaven and new earth to come?
3. Rejoice: God the Holy Spirit has already begun dwelling in men and women, and one day he will complete the new heavens and new earth for all his children to live in with him. You have already begun to be changed in preparations for this new creation as God transforms you more and more into the image of Christ.
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