“Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy. I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more. ‘Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; he who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere youth; he who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed. They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the works of their hands. They will no toil in vain or bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the Lord, they and their descendants with them. Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. The world and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, but dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountains.’ says the Lord.” (Isaiah 65:17-25)
The hope of new heavens and a new earth is the ultimate hope of the people of God (66:22) and the final goal toward which redemptive history is moving.
Even natural enemies in the animal world will eat together instead of eating one another. God expects His people to pray for this day to come
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, all of this and more is to be part of our daily prayers to Almighty God, always seeking His will in all things and then trusting that He will do as He has promised to do. In Jesus’ precious name that we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Salvation is free, but not cheap.”
“And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—-to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.” (Ephesians 1:10)
The purposes of God are to be brought to their intended goal. These purposes are centered in Christ Jesus and come to fruition in association with Him. “A things” is an all-embracing phrase for the whole of creation, the times of human history, and the totality of redeemed humanity. All will be headed up in Christ, and therein final harmony and God’s eternally intended purpose will be realized.
“The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.” (1st Peter 4:7)
God is moving this present world order to an end. He has a goal for history. Included is the inauguration of the eternal order. The nearness which Peter saw shows how closely Jesus’ first coming is associated with His second; in God’s time and the end became near with His life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Associated with the end is God’s judgment before which everyone must give an account (verse 5).
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law to redeem those under law, that we might received the full rights of sons, because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’ So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.” (Galatians 4:4-7)
God worked at the proper time in history through normal human means to provide salvation. He went so far as to let His eternal Son enter history as a human being with His own history of birth and death.
Because we are adopted by God (both male and female) we become brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. As Christ regularly prayed to Abba (Greek term meaning Father or Papa. Therefore we also should address our God as, Abba Father. It endears ourselves to Him and reminds us that He is indeed, “Our Father.”