“Then I saw a ‘new heaven and a new earth,’ for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There is be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.‘” (Revelation 21:1-5).
We have been looking at the three tenses of salvation:
- Past Tense – Justification – Status Change – All God, all grace
- Present Tense – Sanctification – Ongoing Change – Partnership with the working of the Holy Spirit
- Future Tense – Glorification – God’s Promised Kingdom Realized – All God
Today, we will be looking at glorification.
God promises in the Bible that Jesus will return to judge the world, and to rule. When that happens, God will establish a new heaven and a new earth. Creation will once again be all that God intends. There will be no more pain, no more tears, no more disease, no more death.
God will judge the world. Those who have not received God’s plan for salvation through his Son Jesus Christ, will receive the desire of their heart to be eternally separated from God. Those who have rejected Christ will spend an eternity apart from Christ in hell.
Those who have received Jesus as Lord and Savior will receive new bodies and be placed in God’s eternal kingdom as sons and daughters.
This is all God’s doing. This is God’s promise. This is God’s grace.
We long for the day when God will fulfill his promise. But until that time, the purpose of the church is to proclaim Christ and his love for sinners. For “God is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
Let’s get to work. Not even one need perish. God has already made a way through his Son, Jesus Christ.