Everything New

Revelation 21:5

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

God loves new things.  Scientists tell us that our universe continues to expand.  What they cannot explain is that it appears to be expanding at an increasing rate.  Not only does this defy the laws of physics as we know them, it completely goes against the theory that the world was created in a big bang.

God is continuing to create and expand the universe.  We don’t know why but we’ll have all of eternity to find out and discover what God has created for us.

Humanity has been corrupted by sin.  At salvation God has given us a new self and made us into a new creation.  Our bodies will be resurrected as sinless and imperishable as we have hope of a new birth.  And even the city of Jerusalem will be made new.  It will be a perfect place for the people of God.

In the end, every trace of sin will be removed.  Everything that has ever been corrupted by sin will be replaced and made new.  Everything will be perfect as it was meant to be.

When God makes something new, He makes it perfect.  When He makes everything new, it will last and won’t be subject to sin or corruption.  Praise God for His wonders and for all the new things that still awaits us!

New Jerusalem

Revelation 3:12

Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.

Much of the book of Revelation is difficult to understand.  As John saw visions of the future He saw an earth at least two thousand years from his time and often he would have been unable to accurately describe what he saw.

Likewise, we do not know how much of the book of Revelation is meant to be interpreted literally and how much of it should be understood as figurative.  A good rule of thumb is to interpret the Bible as literal unless there is good reason not to.  Even then, the book of Revelation is difficult to interpret.

One thing that is written about often though is a New Jerusalem.  This will be a city unlike anything before.  On earth Jerusalem was the place where David and his descendants ruled from.  It was also the spiritual center where the temple was located.

But Jerusalem was subject to sin just as we are.  The city was full of sinful people and was subject to judgment.  In 586 BC the Babylonians carried away the inhabitants of the city.  In AD 70 the Roman army set the city on fire.  The temple burned and not one stone laid on top of another as the gold melted and ran between the cracks and soldiers pried the stones apart to retrieve the gold.

But there will be a new city that will be central for God’s people.  It will not be subject to sin any longer.  It will be incorruptible.  It will be a city that is suitable for our worship of the Lord.

New Birth

1 Peter 1:3

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…

In John 3 Nicodemus has a long conversation with Jesus about salvation.  Jesus tells him that he must be born again.  This confuses him as he knows it is not physically possible to be born a second time.

To be born again is to be born first physically and then spiritually.  This new birth brings about a new life spiritually.  Not only does it bring about a spiritual change, it grants a physical change as well.

At salvation we do not physically change.  Instead we are given hope of resurrection.  Our bodies will grow old.  We will have aches and pains and be subject to sickness and disease.  If the Lord does not return in our lifetime, we will die.

Death is not the end of life for the Christian however.  Because of our new birth, we await the resurrection.  In the twinkling of an eye the dead shall be raised to life.  We will be transformed and given a new and glorified body like Jesus had after He rose from the dead.

To be born again means that we are a new spiritual person while here on earth.  But it also means a new imperishable body in heaven.  This should give us great hope for our future.

A New Way

Hebrews 10:19-20

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body…

Once a year on the Day of Atonement the high priest was allowed to enter into the Most Holy Place in the temple.  There he would make a yearly sacrifice on behalf of the nation of Israel.

One of the many interesting things that happened at the time of Christ’s death was that the curtain that separated the Most Holy Place was ripped apart, both literally and spiritually.

We no longer have to approach God through a priest.  Jesus made a new way for us to communicate with God.  That new way is directly through Him.  The book of Hebrews talks at length about how Jesus is now our high priest.  Because of His sacrifice we can approach God.

In the Old Testament the high priest entered the Most Holy Place with fear.  Even though it was a sacred duty that he performed, he also knew that one misstep could bring death.  It was so serious that he had a rope tied around his ankle so that he may be pulled out in the event that he died.

Because of the new way that Jesus made, we do not have to approach God with fear and trembling.  Our sins have been paid for in full.  We can come to God in confidence because of Jesus.

Obsolete

Hebrews 8:13

By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear.

In today’s world things become obsolete faster and faster.  Regardless whether we like it or not, it is a matter of fact.  Even with God things become obsolete though.

When God gave us the New Covenant, it made the old covenant obsolete.  It did not make the laws that God gave us beforehand worthless however.  The laws that God gave Moses were for a reason and they are just as applicable today.

What became obsolete was the method of salvation in the Old Testament.  Then a person was saved through the following of the law.  Because no one could follow the law though, sacrifices were put in place to atone for the sins of the people.

With the New Covenant, Jesus is the once-for-all sacrifice.  We are still unable to uphold the law and are in need of a sacrifice for our sins.  But now Jesus has taken care of those sacrifices.

Just as the Old Testament sacrifices didn’t negate the need to obey God, neither does Jesus’ sacrifice do away with the law.  We live in an era of grace but that grace should not be taken advantage of.  As Paul writes, by no means should we sin so that grace may abound.