Seminary Professor and author Mike Wittmer, hits hard on biblical truth, but not exclusively on sin and its judgment. He often focuses on the good stuff...like abundant life, here and for eternity!
Eternity…we all know when it occurs, but who knows where? And what difference does the locale make?… then, or now for that matter?
Last week I heard Wittmer promoting his latest book, “Becoming Worldly Saints,” in a live broadcast interview with a national Christian ministry. In the course of the segment the ministry President revealed some ignorance of the eternal heavenly destination…seemingly unaware of the ramifications of God’s promise to make a “new heaven and a new earth.” We assume the heavenly reference is of “another” place, and often fail to notice the inclusion of earth. God is planning a remake of earth!
The really great news is that He loves what He made at creation and will not discard the pattern, even after thousands of years of ill effect from human destruction and natural disaster. I’m comforted to know this. I like living on this planet…it’s always been my home. Though I can vaguely imagine existing in a heavenly realm, I really don’t “wanna go there”…as described in many songs I’ve sung throughout my life.
God’s promise to renew earth is exciting and natural. Just what you’d expect from a loving Creator. I’m looking forward to a life without the burdens of sin, sickness, and sadness. A time when I will walk, talk, and fully live, right here on earth for all eternity!
A complete study of Wittmer-insights into our earthy home is available online and free of charge.
“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, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of 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.’” (the Apostle John’s vision recorded in Revelation 21:1-4/ESV)
The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it.