No More Sea? (Rev. 21:1a)

In Revelation 21 John is given a vision of the future: "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist, and the sea existed no more" (NET). This is one image we're given in Scripture to describe the place where God's people will live… Continue reading No More Sea? (Rev. 21:1a)

No More Tears, No More Reproach (Smith)

 I've been enjoying Gary Smith's Isaiah commentary in the "New American Commentary" series.  I haven't read it all, but so far so good!  This morning when studying Isaiah 25 I was looking at verse 8, which says this: "...he [Yahweh] will swallow up death forever.The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces;he will… Continue reading No More Tears, No More Reproach (Smith)

The New Jerusalem (Bavinck)

One great aspect of being a follower of Jesus is the fact that we have a great inheritance waiting for us in the new creation (1 Pet 1:4-5). The new creation itself will be an amazing place where God's people will no longer have to worry about sin, sickness, evil, death, cancer, kidnapping, rape, divorce,… Continue reading The New Jerusalem (Bavinck)

Christianity and Buddhism

The Christian doctrines of creation and redemption clearly show that our triune God is not anti-matter.  There is no room for spiritual nothingness or Nirvana in the Christian faith.  God became man to save sinful people – body and soul.  He will one day renew all of creation.  Christianity and Buddhism are completely different.  Os… Continue reading Christianity and Buddhism

Spiritual Doesn’t Always Mean Immaterial

 Quite often when we say or hear "spiritual" we might think of something invisible and immaterial (i.e. the 'spiritual life').  However, when it comes to the glory of the New Creation, the Kingdom of God in its fullness, the term "spiritual" doesn't mean immaterial.  I like how Anthony Thiselton comments on Paul's use of pneumatikos (spiritual)… Continue reading Spiritual Doesn’t Always Mean Immaterial