The New Creation

Steve Petroelje

READ : Matthew 19:23-30

Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world.” (v. 28)

What will happen to the present earth when Jesus
returns? Some believe, based on the
words of 2 Peter 3:10, that the earth will be destroyed
by fire. However, others believe
that the earth as we know it will be refined, purified;
or, as Jesus says in Matthew
19:28, renewed.

Perhaps because Jesus ascended, we often think of
heaven as a place up in the clouds.
But it would be more biblical to think of it as located
right here on earth. Revelation
21:1-4 describes the new heaven and new earth – along
with God himself – as “coming down out of heaven.”
John says the home of God is among mortals and that he
will dwell with them as their God.

When God created the world he declared that it was
“very good.” Sin has tainted creation, but sin cannot
ruin it beyond the renewing and restoring power of God.
If God can resurrect a dead body, then certainly he can
renew a fallen world and restore it to a glorious place
where he will dwell with believers, just as he once
walked in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. If the
location of the new heaven and new earth is “down here”
rather than “up there,” then the words of 2 Peter 3:10
describe refinement, not destruction. The impurity of
sin and the terrible consequences of the fall will be
forever gone and the glory of the Lord will reign for
eternity.

PRAYER

God of creation, thank you for renewing and restoring what has been tainted by sin.