This page was last edited on 10 November 2017, at 22:38. A new heaven and new earth. The twenty-first chapter of the Book of Revelation introduces the final state of perfection where, according to one commentator, “a new earth pdf time has been turned into eternity.
In symbolic and visual language, God allows John to see the glory and beauty of the inheritance of His people. To understand what the Bible teaches about eternity, the reader of the Apocalypse must understand the New Testament doctrine of the “New Heavens and the New Earth. The basic idea expressed in this doctrine is that God’s people will inherit a New Earth. The following quotes form the foundation of this teaching. The question addressed in this section is whether the Bible portrays the New Earth as something totally different from this current earth or more like a renovation of this current earth. The biblical data seems to support the latter idea. Both words suggest “unfamiliar,” “unexpected,” “wonderful,” and the distinction fades with time.
Paul did not intend to convey the idea that this is a completely different individual. There is continuity between the old person and the new person to such an extent that it remains the same person, but renovated. The person is the same, but the quality of that person has been transformed. In the same way, the biblical concept of the New Earth is one of renovation and restoration. This conclusion is supported by Peter’s words in his public speech in the temple at Jerusalem. Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, whom heaven must receive until the period of the restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed. Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U. Theological Dictionary of the New Testament. This page was last edited on 10 November 2017, at 22:39.
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