God will make “everything new” in the New Jerusalem

When true believers get to heaven (i.e. the “New Jerusalem”) they will find that everything will be “new.” They will be different people than they were on Earth, and their experience will be entirely unlike the suffering that they were used to on our planet:

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.” (Revelation 21:5 NIV)

God’s promise is sure. He is the one who is “seated on the throne.” He alone has the power to change us from the ugly sinners that we used to be, into glorious saints, forgiven of our sins, completely purged of all iniquity. When we are in heaven we will no longer be sinners. When God forgives sins they are completely eliminated.

If you have believed in Jesus Christ this change has already begun inside you:

 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. (II Corinthians 5:17-19 NIV)

But this change cannot be completed until we die: until we are resurrected anew. We have to cast off our old “tent” (body) as it were, in order to take on something new:

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. (II Corinthians 5:15)

When this change happens, it will occur in an instant. We will no longer be in a mortal body, tempted by sin, subject to pain, but raised into a new, glorified body:

I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” (I Corinthians 15:50-54 NIV)

What a great day that will be, when we begin a new future unlike anything we have experienced before:

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. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4 NIV)

Amen!

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