A New Creation

The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness,” That’s the word of God in 2 Peter 3:9. Actually we might also read, “ “The Lord 1of promise is not slow as some understand slowness.” People, mortal human beings, are easily frustrated and impatient when things don’t go their way, when we think they should. “”Yet the bible emphasizes in more than one place that the Lord is not bound by our agendas. He keeps time and he acts according to his plan, his providence. Moses, in Psalm 90 says, “God is from everlasting” and “ A thousand years in his sight are like a day that has just gone by.” ( Psalm 90:4)””In the apostle Peter’s day there were “scoffers” who dared to say, “ Where is this coming He ( that is, the Lord) promised”? They didn’t reckon with the fact that the Lord is a whole lot more patient than people. He waits for them to come to Him! He still gives them time, even today to turn from sullen, arrogant ways to Him and His Word. “”That Word does tell us that the time will come when God’s final judgement will go our over all of creation. The Book of Revelation testifies to the time when Satan will go down to defeat. O yes, before that happens says the Holy Spirit in chapter 20, Satan will make a last-ditch attempt to thwart God’s plan to gather his people and bring them home. He will go out to deceive the nations, all over the world. But that devil who over the ages has deceived many people ,will be thrown into what the bible calls “ the lake of burning sulphur.” ( Revelation 20: 10. “”Then the dead, “ Great and small” will be judged. Yet those who have looked to Jesus Christ with believing hearts have nothing to fear . Their names, testifies the Spirit, are recorded in the “book of life.” Then in Revelation 21 we read0 of that most awesome event which will take place. “”“The new heaven and a new earth” will make their appearance by an act of Almighty God. ( v. 1a) John saw that “ the first heaven and the first earth had passed away and there was no longer any sea.” ( v. 1b) Surely it will be even as the prophet Isaiah had been allowed to speak of it in ch. 65 of his book where God said, “ Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth.” ( v. 17). The curse that had fallen on mankind will be completely, finally, lifted and replaced by righteousness. All that is transient, and obsolete, will be totally, refreshed and 2renewed.

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