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The Eternal Empire of the Son of Man

Plant in lightEarth is unique. It’s the one planet—perhaps among billions—where God chose to act out the unfolding drama of redemption and reveal the wonders of His grace. It’s on the New Earth, the capital planet of the new universe, that He will establish an eternal Kingdom.

Anticipating the Joy of Seeing God

photo credit: BluePrince Architectural via photopin cc / rounded corners added from originalAncient theologians spoke of the “Beatific Vision,” which meant “a happy-making sight.” The sight they spoke of was God Himself. Revelation 22:4 says of God’s servants in the new heavens and new earth, “they shall see his face.” This would be a shocking statement to anyone who understood the Old Testament emphasis on the transcendence and inapproachability of God.

 

Will Extinct Animals Live on the New Earth?

Dinosaur toy photo credit: Thomas Hawk via photopin cc / corners rounded from originalSomeone wrote to me, “My children are hoping extinct animals will be in Heaven, maybe even dinosaurs.” Is this merely a child’s fantasy? I think it’s a question based on a rational conclusion. 

 

This Christmas, Let’s Rejoice in the Far Reaches of Christ’s Redemptive Work

Joy the World, by Isaac WattsIf you had asked me my favorite Christmas song when I was a kid, it would have been “Silent Night,” even though I didn’t understand the meaning. Now my favorite is “Joy to the World,” because as my wife Nanci pointed out to me years ago, it’s the Christmas song that looks forward to Christ’s return and the New Earth.

Are you longing for Heaven?

We are looking forward to the New Heavens and New Earth (2 Peter 3:3)Are you desperately longing for Heaven? It’s a fair question. Peter says, “we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth” (2 Peter 3:13). But, in fact, are we? Are we actually looking forward to and longing for the world to come? This question is critical to our present lives.

Will we drink coffee on the New Earth?

Coffee in the eternal Heaven?Both Nanci and I love a good cup of coffee. Actually, I like about three good cups of dark, strong coffee—preferably French Roast, with milk. I'm like one of my fictional characters, homicide detective Ollie Chandler, who drank enough coffee that Juan Valdez named his donkey after him.

Where God’s People Go When They Die

Airplane wing / Heaven analogyWill Christians live in Heaven forever? The answer depends on what we mean by Heaven. Will we be with the Lord forever? Absolutely. Will we always be with him in exactly the same place that Heaven is now? No. It may seem strange to say that the Heaven we go to at death isn’t eternal, but it’s true. Let me suggest an analogy to illustrate the difference between the intermediate Heaven and the eternal Heaven. 

 

Sports and the Christian Life

Sports and the Christian: "Do all to the glory of God"1 Corinthians 10:31 tells us, “When you eat or drink, whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” If you watch or participate in sports, do it for the glory of God.

God’s Fastest Land Animal—a Work of Art

CheetahIf you enjoy nature and nature photography like I do, you’ll love this. And relax...no blood is spilled.

 

Enjoying Rest, Now and in the Life to Come

Matthew 11:28

It’s ironic that it takes such effort to set aside time for rest, but it does. For me, and for many of us, it’s difficult to guard our schedules, but it’s worth it. The day of rest points us to Heaven and to Jesus, who said, “Come to me, all you who are weary....and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

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