The New Heavens and New Earth — A Sermon


Heidi and I were sitting, listening to Doug Wilson one evening when he made the comment that we are now living in the new heavens and the new earth.

I couldn’t believe my ears. How could he say such a thing? How could he not see that God was going to completely melt away this earth like it says in 2 Peter and start completely over again. I was angry with Doug. He was wrong!

What I didn’t realize is that it was already too late. This particular battle was already over. The seed had been planted, and like many of the deeper truths of theology, it began to grow in my mind and before long, I understood the position, embraced it, and now I putting it forth for you.

Once I had come to accept post-millennialism, the ground work had already taken place, and my understanding of Scripture not only changed, but blossomed. Things that had no answer, as an amillennial, now made sense in God’s redemptive plan.

My understanding of the gospel changed. God isn’t just saving us. He is re-creating us, and re-creating the heavens and the earth. He is making them new again, under the New Covenant.

Remember what took place in Genesis. God created the heavens and the earth, along with everything else, including Adam and Eve, and declared it very good.

If God, the Almighty of creation, spoke light and everything into existence, and then declared it all good, should we not believe Him?

It is true that sin entered to the world and God immediately set about to redeem fallen mankind. But is that all He is going to redeem. Wasn’t it all declared good?

To think that Jesus came just to save people, is once again, man-centered and fails to see the greater plan of God. He came to redeem all of creation, to redeem all that He declared good.

Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:7-8).

Think through that for a moment. The devil didn’t just come to destroy that crowning glory of God’s creation, but all of creation, for he desired to be God. He wanted to sit on God’s throne, not share it with God. That meant he wants to wreck everything.

But Christ came to destroy what the devil set out to do. Christ came to redeem not only us, but the world as well.

Listen to the rest of the sermon below…



 

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