All Things New

The feeling of newness is something everyone has experienced and is familiar with to some degree or another. Whether it is going to a new school, getting a new toy as a child or as an adult, or buying a new home, people enjoy the sensation of newness, like the smell of a new car. However, as time goes by and the novelty wears off, our feelings towards those things dwindle, and we tend not to take care of them as we once did. Even our approach to relationships can sometimes follow that same pattern, but a day is coming when God will make all things new and free from decay, wear and tear, a time when the newness of life itself will never fade.

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The book of Revelation, chapter 20, speaks about when Satan will be free from His internment in the pit following Christ’s millennial reign. The reason why this occurs is not made clear, but one speculation is that it is to prove that Satan will not repent even after being imprisoned for 1-thousand years. Scripture records that Satan picks up where he left off by deceiving the world’s nations once free and that he amasses an army whose number is like the sand on a seashore. Thus the final battle between good and evil takes center stage where many Christians believe to be in the valley at the foot of Mount Megiddo, which is about 55 miles north of Jerusalem. However, the battle is over before it begins.

“And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”

Revelation 20:9-10
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Successive to Satan’s life-sentence in the lake of fire will be the Great White Throne Judgement, a judgment for non-believers only. The Bible says that books will be open before the throne to include the Lamb’s book of life. Scripture states that both the great and small will be present to account for their sins and face God’s judgment. In other words, one’s status in this life, apart from Jesus Christ, will make no difference in God’s eyes. Anyone whose name is not in the Lamb’s book of life will stand guilty and be cast into the lake of fire, which is the second death. But here comes the good news for those who believe and place their faith in Jesus Christ.

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

Revelation 21:3-5

Apostle John, the recognized author of Revelation, sees a new heaven and new earth, citing that the old has passed away, and a new Jerusalem descending from God in heaven. Imagine witnessing the earth restored to its original post-creation state with perfection in every detail and unblemished by the stain of sin and where the sensation of newness will never diminish. Those who placed their faith in Jesus will live in perfect harmony and communion with God. What I find interesting in that passage is how God framed His words. He said, “Behold, I am making all things new,” not “I am making new things.”

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God is in the restoration business, and a crude example, by comparison, is how a person restores an old car or an old house to be like brand new. God does the same for those who choose to place their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, as the psalmist said, “He restores my soul” (Ps. 23:3). At the end of the age, God will also restore all things to perfection, and those who believe shall live in the splendor of God’s presence forever. What a joy that will be and a sight to behold.

Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.

Revelation 22:1-5

God desires that no person be cast into the lake of fire; instead, His desire is for everyone to be with Him in the glory of heaven forever. That is why God, who is Jesus Christ, chose to step out of His glory in heaven to dwell among people, to identify with us, to laugh and cry as one of us, and yes, to die for all of us that we may receive the forgiveness of sin. You see, there is nothing anyone person can do themselves to earn God’s forgiveness and be with Him in heaven. There is no amount of good works; it does not matter how often one attends church; the only way to obtain God’s forgiveness is through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

In this life, there are two types of people, believers and non-believers, and both travel on separate spiritual paths: the narrow path, which is A Road Less Traveled that leads to eternal life or the broad way that leads to eternal death. Jesus advises us in Scripture to enter through the narrow gate of which few shall find, as many will go with the flow and follow the crowd to enter through the broad gate that leads to destruction. Jesus wants a personal relationship with everyone and for everyone to join Him in heaven for eternity, which is why He chose to die in our place on a cross some 2000-years ago and rose from the grave on the third day to give us the promise of eternal life in heaven.

Would you like to accept Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord, to be cleansed, forgiven of sin, by The Gift of Life-Saving Blood, so that you would not perish in the lake of fire, but spend eternity in the presence of God who truly loves you? If so, all you need to do is call upon His name in prayer. You can either lift your prayer or use the prayer below as a guide, but remember, you must confess you are a sinner, that you believe Jesus is the Son of God who died on a cross for your sins and that he rose from the grave. You must do this with a genuine heart of repentance, meaning you will turn away from your sin, and understand that you are not coming to Christ through intellectual ascent but by faith alone.

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Let us pray.

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and ask for your forgiveness with a heart of repentance. By faith, I believe that Jesus is Your only begotten Son who died on a cross for my sins. I believe that you raised Him from the dead and that He now sits at Your right hand. I humbly confess Him as my Savior and Lord, and I welcome the Holy Spirit into my life to help and guide me along the narrow path that leads to eternal life in heaven. Thank Father, and I lift this prayer to You in the blessed and holy name of Jesus, Amen.

If you prayed that prayer or lifted your own to invite Jesus into your life as your Savior and Lord, welcome to the family of God. Please be encouraged to contact a Christian friend or someone at your local Bible-believing church and tell that person that you accepted Jesus into your life. That person will gladly guide you in the steps ahead to help you grow stronger in your faith and closer to God.


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6 thoughts on “All Things New

  1. tildeb October 8, 2020 / 7:56 PM

    “Anyone whose name is not in the Lamb’s book of life will stand guilty and be cast into the lake of fire…”

    And you think this is moral?

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    • Darryl Orrell October 8, 2020 / 8:58 PM

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. It is the word of God; therefore, it really doesn’t matter what I think. God is sovereign and just, and His word is absolute, whether anyone chooses to believe it or not. There is no comparison between what mankind sees a moral to what God sees as righteous.

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      • tildeb October 9, 2020 / 11:58 AM

        If this is true, this is Divine Command Theory. This absolute obedience to divine authority leaves no believer any wiggle room to question and/or interpret these commands as revealed in scripture. You are, in effect, just following orders you say. This argument you present is no different in principle than the defence used by German officials and officers held to account for their actions following WWII, in that they passed all moral responsibility for their personal actions on to their superiors who issued orders in the same way you say you have no moral authority but to submit to your divine superior. I fail to grasp the difference in principle just by altering the source of the commander; the reasoning is identical.

        Surely you can appreciate the problem this principle in action raises in accepting personal responsibility over one’s moral and ethical decisions… decisions like having one’s choice to believe or not eliminated by divine fiat, accomplished by the imposed order of either salvation or eternal damnation. In other words, you never have been granted the personal responsibility, accepting the moral and ethical responsibility of one’s personal actions, for choosing because you accept divine command that eliminates this choice by threat. It’s a live or die ultimatum offered supposedly by a loving god that supposedly grants us free will. If its will, it certainly isn’t free from the ultimatum’s eternal punishment, and if it’s free it certainly isn’t a personal will because God determines this choice!

        In human affairs, like the Nuremberg Trials established, we do in law hold individuals personally accountable for their actions and do not allow special exemption, a legal privilege, to any one who argues that, “I was just following orders because I was not allowed to question them without being killed.” You say we must accept divine command such as the one I quoted above because, hey, you can’t question this authority. Doesn’t this position you hold remove this personal accounting of responsibility for one’s moral actions because you say God determines. I see that going along with your argument means I must submit, that I must give up my personal moral and ethical responsibility, and that you are justifying this by using exactly the same argument these people tried and failed to use but with a different authority figure.

        Isn’t this belief in moral and ethical submission to divine authority actually a personal moral capitulation, in that it reduces (even eliminates) the moral basis of one’s actions – even really good actions? Haven’t you, in fact, given your moral compass to God?

        I also find it interesting that at some point and in some way you were independent enough to determine your belief in this god through this scripture was morally sound and worthy of being accepted as good prior to your religious selection! I mean, you’re not Hindu or Muslim so where did this ‘choice’ come from prior to this specific religious belief if not your own independent moral compass?

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        • Darryl Orrell October 9, 2020 / 12:32 PM

          The attempt to compare God’s sovereignty and righteousness to humanity’s moral code, or the lack thereof, is pointless because there is no comparison. God is God, and we are not. Since the Bible is absolute truth, regardless of who chooses to believe it or not, there is no need for “wiggle room” as you say. The only reason people search for “wiggle room” in the context of Scripture is to try and justify themselves outside of the precepts that God has ordained to be holy and just. To accept God’s sovereignty and His word as absolute truth goes beyond a mere intellectual understanding; it is much more a profound spiritual experience unique to each individual that goes beyond explanation.

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          • tildeb October 9, 2020 / 1:14 PM

            Just to be clear then, you accept that as such a believer in the righteousness of your God’s commands, you are in fact an amoral ( not immoral but without moral responsibility) agent without any personal responsibility for your personal actions if your personal acts are aligned with the divine commands of scripture?

            Why does this matter to me?

            Because I wish to know how this is different from the jihadist following his scripture’s commands and acting in alignment? How do I – as an outsider – know which to trust?

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          • Darryl Orrell October 10, 2020 / 12:46 PM

            On the contrary, Christians are responsible for and held accountable to the moral authority of God’s word. Sure! We may question something we fail to understand or even ask God why, but we trust Him by faith, and faith is the vital element that stems and grows from a person’s spiritual connectedness with God. It is the spiritual relationship with God that comes first by faith. As followers of Jesus Christ, we learn and grow through prayer and communing with the Holy Spirit and studying God’s written word to become sanctified and, more importantly, Christ-like.

            No one can perfectly align with the commands of Scripture, which is why humanity needs a Savior who was and is Jesus Christ, but to answer to your question, if my actions are in line with the will and word of God, then I have acted responsibly and obediently in His sight, and as long as I please God, what does it matter if the world thinks otherwise? It is easy to question and ponder over one piece of a puzzle unless, of course, you can see the big picture. God sees the big picture while we only see one piece of the puzzle of God’s greater work.

            People worldwide place their faith, loyalty, and obedience in various people and even things all the time. Therefore, I suspect jihadists, as you say, are just as loyal to who and what they believe as are Christians. Therefore, since this discussion centers on morality, perhaps the differences between the Quran and the Bible will provide the enlightenment you seek. I do not claim to be an expert on the Islamic faith, but the website ”True Life.org” does a fine job describing some key doctrinal differences.

            https://www.truelife.org/answers/what-are-the-differences-between-christianity-and-islam

            Blessings,
            Darryl Orrell

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