December 31, 2018 - As Christians, followers of the Christ and children of the Most High God we all wait. We wait for the coming of the Lord in glory, we wait for the end of this age and the coming of the next, the age of The Kingdom of God on earth.
John the Beloved gives us a look into this time with his words from Revelation and the vision he had of the new heaven and the new earth.
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of the heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “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. 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.” (Revelation 21:1-4)
What a sight to behold, the earth has been flattened, the mountains have slid into the sea and the sea is no more. And now, a new heaven and a new earth are coming down from heaven. A new beginning for all who are true believers, for those who do the will of the Lord in their lives.
As the half brother of Jesus, James says; “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (James 1:22)
To be simply a hearer of God’s word does little, for when one is not in worship of the Lord, he looks away and does not remain in faith but is easily drawn away by the passions and temptations of the world. For those the judgement will be one of disappointment and torment, forever.
“But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres. Being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” (James 1:25)
It is not enough to just believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, for the devil and his demons believe and tremble in his presence, no, one must also obey the Lord Jesus Christ if one is to be saved of the penalties of one’s sin. One must be a doer of the Word of God, living the Word of God each day of one’s life on earth.
“And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” (Rev. 21:5)
“And the city has no need for sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.” (Rev. 21:23)
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month.” (Rev. 22:1-2)
“Let the evildoer still do evil, the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.” (Rev. 22:11)
“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done.” (Rev. 22:12) Where will he find you when he comes???