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The New Earth (2)
TEXT: Matthew 6:9-10 (ESV)
9 Pray then like this: ''Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Our prayer -''thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven'' will one day be completely, totally and perfectly answered in a very literal sense. The bible tells us that there is coming a day - when heaven and earth will merge and Christ will rule and reign from the Holy City and all that was intended from Eden will be accomplished.
Do you see that Satan's intent was to make creation and specifically the image bearer (man) useless to God, so that God would be compelled to destroy them completely. But God doesn't utterly destroy his creation or his image bearer - he sets out to redeem and restore that which Satan violated.
1. Micro Gospel - Death, Burial and Resurrection for the forgiveness of personal sin.
2. Macro Gospel - Creation, Fall, Christ, Culmination
ILLUSTRATION: 3 Circles - until creation is ultimately restored.
Hoekema, Anthony A. (1994-03-01). The Bible and the Future (p. 275). Eerdmans Publishing Co - A. Kindle Edition. The doctrine of the new earth is important for a proper grasp of the full dimensions of God's redemptive program. In the beginning, so we read in Genesis, God created the heavens and the earth. Because of man's fall into sin, a curse was pronounced over this creation. God now sent his Son into this world to redeem that creation from the results of sin. The work of Christ, therefore, is not just to save certain individuals, not even to save an innumerable throng of blood-bought people. The total work of Christ is nothing less than to redeem this entire creation from the effects of sin. That purpose will not be accomplished until God has ushered in the new earth, until Paradise Lost has become Paradise Regained.
Isaiah 65:17 (ESV)
17 ''For behold, I create new heavens an ...
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