In our worship and devotions, our focus has often been heavenly minded, yet in Revelation 21, the apostle John’s vision of the future consists “a new heaven and a new earth”. What is going to be on this new heaven and new earth? What is there awaiting believers when they reach their journey home? And how it is relevant for us living in this age here on earth?
In his book, Not Home Yet, Dr Ian Smith takes us through a brief survey of biblical theology. With the creation mandate (Genesis 1:28 – 30) as its foundation, the author shows how the grace of God comes to men through the renewal expressed in his covenant promises, to help us fulfil the responsibilities which we have failed (Heb 2:6-10), to steward the earth well and honour God by how we live, on this great journey home.
When we understand that the earth was made by God and declared to be very good, and that it will be renewed, and that many of our current achievements will be purged and have eternal significance, the merit of our activities is measured very differently. Such a worldview is holistic and gives so much meaning to so many of our current pursuits.
Theologically rich, but easily accessible for anyone!
This article was originally published on AP, September 25, 2019
- Let us delight in the knowledge of Christ crucified, and be often in the thoughts and study of him. Study Christ, not only as living, but dying; not as breathing in our air, but suffering in our stead; know him as a victim, which is the way to know him as a conqueror. Christ as crucified is the great object of faith.
- Theology has two parts: the first, of God; the second, of His works.
- Faith is the master-wheel, it sets all the other graces a-running.
- If God be an incomparable God, then incomparable service and worship is due to him.
- There is no death of sin without the death of Christ.