But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
1 Corinthians 2:9
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When we see beautiful photographs of the earth’s natural wonders, we are often stunned at the awesomeness of God’s creation. Amidst such natural beauty, we are often shocked when we remember we are looking at a creation cursed by sin (Genesis 3:17-19; Romans 8:20-22). If earth is so beautiful in a cursed state, how much more beautiful will it be when the whole creation has been redeemed?
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It is important to remember that heaven is going to be on planet earth — actually, there will be a new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21:1). The apostle Peter referred to it as the “restoration of all things” (Acts 3:21). “Restoration” refers to the perfect environment God created “in the beginning” (Genesis 1:1), the creation that was cursed by man’s sin. Since we never saw Eden, we don’t know what the restoration will be like. But if what we see now seems glorious at times, how much more glorious will the new heaven and new earth be?
God is calling out a people for Himself to populate heaven. Make sure you have responded to His invitation.
Wisdom opens the eyes both to the glories of heaven and to the hollowness of earth.
J. A. Motyer
By David Jeremiah