What makes future glory unique is not the streets of gold, new homes, or wolves and sheep getting along. It is unique because the Triune God of the Universe will be there. Permanently. And we, His redeemed, will be able to contemplate Him without interruption or obstacles (i.e. our sin) forever. This is one of the great promises of Scripture (the greatest in the humble opinion of the one writing); consider what Rev. 21 says:
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
For Your Consideration
- What do you think happens after this life?
- When do you experience fullness of the heart the most, however brief?
- What other eschatological promises of the Triune God speak to your heart?
- React to this phrase, “Without considering His promises for the future glory, our approach to life is incomplete.”
- How will the New Heavens and New Earth help us to be real human beings?
- What is hope for you? How does it affect your daily life?