After Jesus’ return, God will make a new heavens and a new earth that will last forever. This can be thought of as the ultimate ‘Promised Land’. Death and pain will be destroyed. God will dwell with his people in perfect fellowship in the kingdom he has made. God’s plan for the world began with Creation and ends with the New Creation. Once again, God will rule as King, with his people ruling the New Creation under him.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (ESV)
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. (ESV)
And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. (ESV)
Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. (ESV)
1 Corinthians 15:24-26
The picture language of the Book of Revelation tells us of Jesus, “the lamb who was slain”, who will be enthroned alongside God the Father and worshipped by the great multitude of people that he has gathered around him. Having completed all that he was called to accomplish, he will hand the kingdom over to his Father.
In the new creation God will dwell with his people. How is that different to how he dwells with us by his Holy Spirit now?
Praise God for keeping his promises. Thank him for defeating death. Ask him to work in you so that you will live your new life in Christ in a way that gives him glory.
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