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The Final Chapter of Restoration

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We know things aren’t the way they could be or should be, but will they ever change for good?

Restoration explains the way things will be one day when Christ returns to make all things new (Rev. 21:5).

In Restoration, Christ will “wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Rev. 21:4). We eagerly await the final chapter of God’s story when there will be complete flourishing. In this final chapter, the whole of physical creation will be restored to, as the Bible describes, the new heavens and a new earth.

Jesus will restore shalom to the entire creation, and his people will live with him for eternity on a physical new earth not marred by the curse of sin. Stop and consider that last sentence again. God’s people will live with him forever. Why? Because God loves his people and desires to be in relationship with them for eternity. In Restoration, we will experience God in a way we cannot imagine today. In restoring all of creation, God will fully restore relationships. The earth will not bear the natural disasters of sin. Our bodies will not decay and wither. There will be no more tears, strife, and angst in relationships.

Restoration gives us immense hope in what is to come and in the significance of our work today. The “work of the Lord” Paul refers to is what we are called to do in our families, churches, communities, and jobs. God has blessed his people with resources, gifts, and talents. Our job on earth is to steward and manage those resources to his glory. What is done in the here and now, in the third chapter of Redemption, is still important to God. God gives us these resources so that we can fulfill the cultural mandate in this chapter of redemption. While we cannot perfectly maximize all our resources, we can still use them to the best of our ability in a way that honors God. This is good stewardship.

Restoration is the restoration of a city. It’s a symbol of human progress and a hope for our labor to advance God’s kingdom on earth. God has chosen to include his people in this process. The great privilege of collaborating with him motivates excellence in even the most mundane tasks until one day we realize the fullness of God’s kingdom when he will make all things new.

Why is Restoration an important chapter of the gospel?

Devotional from YouVersion


“Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

“Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.

There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long. The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubits thick. The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass.

The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.

I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

‭‭Revelation‬ ‭21:1-27‬ ‭
 
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