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Heaven: Behold, I Make All Things New
He believed in supernatural healing and said several times he was restored to fruitful labor because of God's direct intervention. He said once a cancerous looking tumor in his throat vanished while he was in the pulpit testifying to God's mercies in his own life. Yet bodily suffering was with him to the end, and he once said that from the age of 21 he was "seldom an hour free from pain. One of the effects of this suffering was to make him intensely conscious of how temporary his life is and how inevitable death is. Once, when he was 35, he was bed-bound by one of his diseases and thought he would probably not recover.
He began to meditate on the joys of heaven and the age to come in preparation for leaving this world. He focused especially on "the hope of glory" and began to write his thoughts. To his surprise he recovered and his thoughts became a book entitled The Saints' Everlasting Rest. He took up the practice of meditating on heaven a half hour each day because of the powerful impact it had on his life. He commended the same thing to his readers. In other words, if last week's message is true and our resurrection with Christ is so sure as virtually to have already happened, then we are to live in the constant consciousness that we are citizens of another age.
We are to set our minds much on that age. We are not to be conformed to this age, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. And that renewing means conformed to the newness of the age to come, because God says in our text, "Behold I make all things new" Revelation So I want us to take one more step this morning in our series on "God's Invincible Purpose: Foundations for Full Assurance.
Last week we affirmed with Romans 6: And I hope you repudiate with me the notion that pondering the greatness of the age to come makes a person less useful for this age. I think exactly the opposite is the case. The person who knows that his destiny is glorious and certain will be free to live the most radical life of love and sacrifice here on earth.
If somebody falls out of an airplane with no parachute on and you don't have one either, you aren't going to jump out after them. It won't do any good. Two deaths aren't better than one. But if you have a parachute on, you just might try one of those awesome rescue attempts, and free fall like a bullet to catch the helpless and pull your cord. It's the hope of safety in the end that releases radical, sacrificial love now.
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The invincible purpose of God for creation and for his people will not be complete until all things are made new and the glory of the Lord fills them all. In verse 5 God says, "Behold, I make all things new. He is sitting on his throne when he says it—the throne of the universe.
Behold, I Make All Things New
He wants us to have assurance that no matter how much evil and suffering and futility we see now, he will make all things new. The greatest frustration of this age is that we still sin. I believe Romans 7 describes this painful truth. For example verses 23— We want to be holy and we fall short of the holiness we long for. We want to love and we say hurtful things. We want to worship and we feel cold. We want to walk in peace and we feel anxiety. We want to be pure in thought and impurity bombards our minds. There is some progress as the Spirit helps us in our weakness.
But what we long for is deliverance from this bent to sinning. That is what God promises when he makes all things new. We will be made spiritually and morally new—not just partially as now, but wholly.
Look at verse 2: This is a picture of the church prepared and beautified for her husband, Jesus Christ. When God makes all things new, he makes the church—the people of God—spiritually and morally beautiful for his Son. Look at the way this is described in verses 9— When God makes the bride ready for the Son, the way he does it is by giving us his glory—verse Don't you long for the day when you will be so good and so right and so pure that you will be like a translucent jewel that people will look at and see straight through without seeing any impurity at all?
Nothing hidden and nothing shameful. That's the first way the newness is coming.
Fellowship Bible Church: Batesville, AR > Heaven: Behold, I Make All Things New
God will make us spiritually and morally beautiful for our final marriage with his Son. The Bible does not teach that the final state of glory is one of disembodied spirits. Plato and his kin wanted it that way because they thought the body was a drag on the freedom of the spirit. But the Bible teaches a very different destiny for God's people. God will make all things new—including our bodies. Verse 4 points in this direction: What that means is that the body we know now will be changed.
If death is gone and pain is gone and tears are gone, then the body as we know it here is gone.