Looking for new heavens and a new earth

sunset-85359_6402Peter 3:13: But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

What Peter said he was waiting for here was shown to John, who wrote in the book of revelation of a new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21:1-7) and some events that will lead to that.

He wrote of how the habitation of God will come to the earth. There will no longer be evil, that which causes offence. There will be no shadow because God is the light (James 1:17, Revelation 22:1-6).

That is the city Abraham was looking for, whose builder, makers, designer is God (Hebrews 11:9-10, 13:14), that is the New Jerusalem. Since time immemorial man has been building things, things that do not last over time, but whatever God does remains, nothing can be removed from it or added to it. He does it so that men will fear before him (Ecclesiastes 3:14).

Right now everything that can be shaken will be shaken so that it is the kingdom of God, which is being built in this age that will remain. Here on the earth, the bible says, we have no abiding city (Hebrews 13:14) and everything will dissolve in fervent fire (2Peter 3:9-14), and that should spur us into holy living, seeing that nothing else really matters, except how we are when we appear before God.

Jesus said that we should lay our treasure in heaven, where moth or thieves have no access (Matthew 6:19-20). Paul said that we should sow into the spirit and through that we will reap eternal life (Galatians 6:7-8). He told the church in Colossi: set your minds on things in heaven, where Christ, who is your life, is seated on the right hand of God, and not on things on earth (Colossians 3:1-3).

What is being advocated in the focus verse is an upward-looking future-gazing approach, i.e. for something that is still afar off. John was very plain when he talked about the second coming of Jesus that: we do not know how we will be when he appears, but we know when we see him we will be like he is, and so with that in mind we need to consciously live above sin, patterned after where we are going (1John 3:1-5). Drawn by love for the bridegroom, and we get to become a glorious church through the washing of water by the word. Jesus as bridegroom is coming for a bride (church) without spot or wrinkle, a glorious church (Ephesians 5:22-33).

Without spot

The spot are sins making inroads into the church, but the church is meant to be holy to the lord and there should be no tolerance for sin within her borders. That example was made very plain in the book of Acts when Ananias and Sapphira decided to treat the church like any human organisation, despising the strong presence of God there, putting on the garb of deception (Acts 5:1-13).

They were the spots at that time and through death the church was rid of them. Jude and Peter called, certain people in the church, spots (Jude 1:12, 2Peter 2:13).

The bible says that we should judge ourselves so we would not be judged (1Corinthians 11:31). That is about making amends quickly in any area the Holy Spirit is bringing to our mind before it is too late.

Without wrinkle

While without spot means without sin, without wrinkles means without rough edges, and this has to do with alignment to the will of God.

It is not enough to be separated from sin, we also need to be separated to the will and ways of God. We cannot choose our own will, ways and the same time boldly say that Jesus is Lord (Luke 6:46).

Jesus lived a life without wrinkle as he said that he lives by the will of the father (John 10:32), he speaks by the words of the father, he moves by his commands. The choices he made were divinely approved.

The reason he gave us the Holy Spirit is so that we can have a walk with the father that he does. The Holy Spirit synchronises our will with God’s will, helping us to connect with God, to live, based on his will (John 16:13).

Paul said: woe is me if I preach not the gospel (1Corinthians 9:16). He was so united with the will of God that he could not imagine doing something else apart from pleasing God. He embraced the truth of God about his calling and walked fully in it, so much so that at the end of his life he said I have finished my course, and there is remaining for me a crown of righteousness. He finished his course as a shining beckon of example to us all, to live fully in the will of God. He walked in the purpose of God, in the knowledge of the power and grace of God on him.

Glorious

The glorious church is a church empowered, in which the fullness of the Holy Spirit dwells and the Spirit is fully expressed, the Spirit of glory (1Peter 4:14). When Jesus turned water into wine, the bible says that was the beginning of the miracles he did and he manifested his glory and his disciples believed in him (John 2:11).

He also said without signs and wonders the people will not believe. The edge the church has in this world is the supernatural, the divinity we express. The bible says that God’s divine power had given us everything we need for life and godliness (2Peter 1:3). Also we have been given precious promises so that with them we would be partakers of the divine nature.

To be glorious also means to be elevated.  The bible says that in the last days the house of God shall be exalted high above all other mountain and many people will come into it saying: we want to learn his ways.

They will want what you have, they will seek to be who you are, glorious. Jesus has invested us with his glory. We are not ordinary, we shine as stars; we are strong in the Lord and in the power of his might (Ephesians 6:10). We are above only and not beneath, we have been made kings and priests, we are sons of God, with the full expression of the supernatural, as we display of God’s power (Revelation 1:6).

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