New Heaven, New Earth, Righteousness

Peter tells us, “according to His promise we are expecting new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13). Outwardly the old creation, which became old because of the fall of man, is the New Jerusalemterritory of the devil (Luke 4:6). He is a liar, the father of lies, and a murderer (John 8:44). Hence the old creation does not have righteousness.

The incarnation, human living, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ destroyed the devil (Heb. 2:14). Today He, as the Spirit, is renewing us. At the end of time the entire creation will be renewed. “The heavens will pass away with a roar, and the elements, burning with intense heat, will be dissolved, and the earth and the works in it will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10).

This will be “the coming of the day of God, on account of which the heavens, being on fire, will be dissolved, and the elements, burning with intense heat, are to be melted away” (2 Peter 3:12). Then there will be “a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away” (Rev. 21:1).

Today, inwardly we are in the kingdom of God which is “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 14:17). At that time the kingdom of God will have come in full and the entire creation will have “righteousness and peace and joy.” Wonderful!

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Posted by Don on June 7, 2024

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