"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
"2 Peter 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." The heavens we now have is plural, which refers to the solar system, that is, sun, moon, few stars, planets, etc,. They will be all burned into a ball of fire, which will be the lake of fire. God says that he will create new heavens, which is also plural. Heavens are not one, but many, but new earth will be one. New earth is renewed paradise, garden of Eden, which is also garden of God. Sons of God and the bride of Christ will be in the new heavens with the Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father. New earth as well as new heaven are considered heaven. Righteousness will be in heaven. However their glory will be different. God is directly visible in new heaven, and there will be no temple there. New earth has temple and people worship God through the temple. The glory of those in new heaven is like the sun, but the glory in new earth it is as pure white robe. "1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. Matthew 13:43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father." So, we shall be like Jesus Christ in all his glory, in new heaven. "Revelation 7:13 ..., What are these which are arrayed in white robes? ..." So, the glory in new earth is pure white.
"Acts 7:55 he (Stephen), being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, 56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God." New heavens are many and they are for the pleasure for the Sons of God. God's righteousness, peace and joy will fill the new earth and the new heavens. "Isaiah 65:17 behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind." Those who are in the lust of the world will be destroyed with the world, but those who are doing the 'Will' of God will inherit the new heavens and will abide with God forever. "1 John 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; .." Jesus Christ told one man that he must obey the commandments of God in order to inherit eternal life or heaven. "Matthew 19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17 And he said unto him, ... but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments." So, if we keep the commandments, we will be in new heaven. Again look at this: "Mathew 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me." If he wants to be new Jerusalem, the requirements are higher. At that he qualified to be in new heaven or in new earth, depends how he kept the commandments, but he was not qualified for new Jerusalem.
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