There are over 3,000 promises of God described in the Bible. Ranging from promises of a future and a hope, to spiritual blessings in Christ, and everywhere in between, God is a God who makes and keeps his promises. Our passage today is ultimate culmination of every promise. Every promise in the Bible finds its “yes” in Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 1:20) and our passage today shows us that what we have to look forward to is a full relationship with God that is not marred by sin (all because of Christ!).
- God will establish this place without sin — “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.” (v. 3)
- Sin and its effects will be no more — “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (v. 4)
- God will restore all things — And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” (v. 5)
The ultimate promise of God is that He will restore us to Himself; that sin and its effects will no longer plague us. This is what it means to think about eternity—to reflect on what God is establishing through Christ.
As we long for this glorious day of full restoration, may we learn greater dependence upon this same God who is establishing this Kingdom!
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice