The New Heavens and New Earth

Posted: March 13, 2009 in Uncategorized

We come now to the last chapter of Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology.  Before we look at Chapter 57 and discuss “The New Heavens and New Earth”, I want to tip my hat to the Waynester for his magesterial work that has helped so many.  God bless, you bro.

Well, what happens to Christians after the final judgment? Many believers are shocked to learn that the Bible does NOT teach that we go to heaven forever but, in fact, live on earth for eternity in new resurrected bodies that are like the body Jesus had after his resurrection.  See Isa. 65:17; 66:22; 2 Peter 3:13; Rev. 21:1-2, etc.  as well as Phil. 3:21. 

I don’t want to dwell on this too much because I already hit this under “The Doctrine of Glorification” but simply want to state how cool it is that we will one day have a whole new physical existence but one that is wholly imperishible and pain and sin free!  Yes, if we die before Jesus returns then our souls go to heaven but one day we will receive new bodies and dwell on earth under the direct reign of King Jesus.  Awesome!

As Grudem points out, this is a great motivation for storing treasures in heaven rather than on earth.

Well, that wraps up our walk through Grudem.  Next week, we return to our regularly scheduled random ADD blog.

Thanks for taking this tour with me.

Until then, grace and peace.

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