The New Creation

“We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness” – 1 Peter 3:13; Rev Chapters 21 and 22.

Introduction

Hebrews 11, speaks to us about the great faith people, one of which was Abraham. He obeyed God implicitly when asked to move out into something new. The underlying motivation for Abraham’s unwavering trust in God, was an understanding of the topic we will be discussing in this lesson. Abraham had a revelation of “the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God”, v10. Everything we place our trust and confidence in, has foundations that one day will be destroyed. But the true Christian is a citizen of the Heavenly City. A city that will never be destroyed.

I. ALL THINGS WILL BE MADE NEW.

1. God will destroy the earth, as we know it and also the heavens (our universe).

Note that there are three heavens, 2 Cor 12:2:

1. Our atmosphere
2. Our universe
3. The spiritual realm where God operates

2 Peter 3:7, “But the heavens and the earth which now exist are kept in store by the same word, reserved for fire until the day of judgement and perdition of ungodly men.”

2 Peter 3:12b, ” … the heavens will be dissolved being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat.”

2. He will create a new heaven (universe) and a new earth.
2 Peter 3:13, “Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”

Rev 21:1, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth and the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.”

II WHO WILL LIVE IN THE NEW HEAVEN?

1. The Godhead.

Rev. 21:22-23, “But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.”

2. An innumerable company of angels.

Hebrews 12:22, “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels.”

3. Those whose names are written in the Book of Life. They make up the General Assembly and church of the firstborn.

Heb 12:22-23, “But you have come to Mount Zion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven.”

Rev 21:27, “But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles … but only those who are written in The Lamb’s Book of Life.”

III. WHAT WON’T BE IN THE NEW HEAVEN.

1. Marriage. Matt 22:30″For in the resurrection they shall neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven.”

2. The painful things of this earth.
a. Grief
b. Death
c. Sorrow
d. Crying
e. Pain

Rev 21:4, “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow; nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

3. Sun, Moon, Night or Darkness.

Rev 21:23, “And the city had no need of the sun, or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it and the Lamb is it’s light.”

Rev 21:25b, “there shall be no night there.”

4. Negative influence.

Rev 21:27, “But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles or causes an abomination or a lie.”

5. Curses.

Rev 22:3a, “And there shall be no more curse.”

6. Wicked People

Rev 22:15, “But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters and whoever loves and practises a lie.”

IV. WHAT WILL BE PRESENT IN THE NEW HEAVEN.

1. Life.
a.The River of Life.

Rev 22:1a, “And he showed me a pure river of water of life.”

b. The Tree of Life.
Rev 22:2a, “…on either side of the river was the tree of life.”

2. Worship.
Rev 5:13-14, “And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the seas and all that are in them. I heard them saying, ‘Blessing and honour and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb for every and ever.”

3. Recognition.
Rev 7:9, “After these things I looked and behold, a great multitude which no one could number of all nations, tribes, peoples and tongues.”
16:23, “And being in torment in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off.”

4. Eating and drinking.
Rev 19:9, “Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”

Luke 16:24, “… send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue.”

5. Mansions. (a residence, abode)
John 14:2, “In My Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”

6. Excitement.

a) A new earth is to be explored, Rev 21:1
b) A new universe to discover, Rev 21:1.
c) Lots of people to meet, Rev 7:9.
d) Angel to judge, 1 Cor 6:3, “Do you not know that we shall judge angels?”
e) We will have rewards and treasures to enjoy, Matt 6:20, “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.”

Conclusion.

What a difference there is between the eternal abode of the righteous and the eternal abode of the wicked. A good understanding of both is needed to give the Christian extra motivation to evangelise the world and our friends.

For those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, our treasure is not in this world; our treasure is where moth, rust or thieves have no access. Everything in this world will be destroyed. Everything we lay up in heaven will be enjoyed eternally. Let’s get our perspective right and do God’s important work while we still have time.

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  1. DeepSeeker says:

    To All

    Again, the word heaven has for the most part been accepted in the wrong perspective. First, as for God being in heaven.

    (KJV) 2Ch 6:18 But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!

    The heaven and the heavens cannot contain Him ! How then, can God be in the heaven that men say He is in ? Is 2 Ch 6:18 in error ?

    (ASV) But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have builded!

    For those who are really desiring to know more about the heavens; read the Book of Enoch. It is available on the internet for free !

    It talks of many heavens. God is not bound by anything that has been created; for He created Himself ! What then about seeking heaven ?

    1Co 6:19 Or know ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have from God? and ye are not your own;

    If the Spirit of God is dwelling in you; that is; in those who are His, then why look for a remote heaven which cannot contain Him ?

    Paul indeed talks of a third heaven; but there are at least seven heavens. Paul also said: “whether in the body or out of the body I can not tell; God knows.”

    Eph 2:4-6 but God, being rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace have ye been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus:

    Those in Christ Jesus are already seated in the heavenly; that is, in the spiritual pureness of Christ Jesus.

    I pray this may help many to think more deeply on this word.

    DeepSeeker
    Blessings In The Christ

    • JustAGuy says:

      When seeking fresh water, it is not wise to drill too deeply for then you may hit sulfur and pollute what you have already found. Something does not smell right about the doctrines you are presenting.

      Blessings and Peace,
      Timothy

  2. I would like to take time to share a very brief testimony. You may get a giggle out of this, but that’s OK!

    Yesterday we had a visit from a cousin of mine whom I had not seen since I was a little kid.
    Now he is an adventurous kind of fellow, does cliff diving and other such daring things, so it was no surprise when he brought down his latest passion:a pair of boots with huge springs on the bottom! I believe they are called kanga-Boots or something like that.

    These things can make you bounce like Tigger!

    Anyway, we all had our turn trying them out. Well, I’m no chicken, so I strapped them on, and off I went!

    I was having a jolly time. bouncing around like that (are you giggling yet?) Hey, the laugh’s on me today!

    So I was doing just fine, like a pro. Until I turned my ankle the wrong way. Wham! Down I went! Straight onto the sidewalk with some blunt force!

    As I made contact with the concrete, I slammed my arm and elbow HARD, and bent backwards the fingers of the other hand.

    Needless to say, that was the end of my little bouncing adventure.

    Well, Praise the Lord! Here it is less than 24 hours later, and I am totally well! There is no bruise, no soreness, no nothing to indicate that I ever fell!

    By all rights, I should be feeling the pain today. I should be nursing bruises and wondering if I will make it to work tomorrow.

    But I am physically perfect. So the Lord had pity on me and probably just shook His head at my craziness, but he took care of me.

    And that is my brief testimony for today.

  3. carlos vera says:

    thank you very much for this article.
    It raises my spirit as a Christian to
    spread the good news to everyone so they can enjoy and be with the Lord for
    eternity.

  4. Some things are not explicitly stated in the Scriptures, and we would have to appeal to logic and experience in order to form a reasonable theory. I would say that this is one such case.

    The first heaven could be described as the natural heavens – the sky, outer space perhaps.

    The third heaven is clearly the place where the Father, Jesus, and departed saints are. This is the place which Paul got to see, whether in the body or out, he does not know.

    I believe that the Second Heaven is the place of spiritual conflict between God’s angels and the fallen angels, principalities and powers of darkness that are exercising influence because of our past choices and our ongoing choices.

    In the book of Daniel, the angel that brings the message to Daniel said he was held up by the Prince of Persia (presumably a demonic fallen principality) for 21 days. Michael the archangel helped in the fight. Daniel had to patiently continue his partial fast during this time.

    I consider talk of seven heavens to be erroneous. It is based on pseudopigraphical writings and perhaps things in the islamic hadith.

    But I haven’t been to heaven yet, so I can’t speak with total authority on the matter. 🙂

  5. Howard Shropshire says:

    I am doing a bible study on the subject of Heaven. I enjoyed your site with the exception of one area. 2nd Corinthians 12:2 states that Paul was caught up into the third heaven. Are we assuming there is a first and a second heaven. If we assume this should we also assume there is a fourth, fifth and so on number of heavens. Any help you can give for clarification on this would be appreciated.

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