"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. ~ Revelation 21:1-3 (NLT)The picture is of a new heaven and a new earth. We don't go to heaven to live but heaven -- the presence of God -- is manifest among his people on the new earth. Indeed, this world, in a new and redeemed state, IS my home. And it's actually a bit of a relief to know that the future is pretty solidly grounded.
Friday, September 12
Not my home?
They sang a song in chapel today with words to the effect, "this world is not my home." I know that there have been lots of songs like this -- many contemporary. In a very narrow and nuanced sense the "this world is not my home" message is true. But the Bible doesn't really end up there.