Read Revelation 21:3.
In what way will this stupendous fact alter the life experiences of the inhabitants of the new earth?
Perhaps there isn’t another awe-inspiring vision throughout the Bible comparable to the one that John the Revelator describes here; the new earth will not only be home to human creatures but also to God. The holy, transcendent Creator of the universe will grace the community of the redeemed with His presence. Of course, God will forever remain distinct from His creatures, but in the new earth, the separation between God and humanity that was brought about by sin will be removed.
Also, true fellowship will be restored – not only between God and humans but between humans and nature and within nature itself. John describes there being no more curse (Rev. 22:3), and the prophetic anticipation of the cessation of animosity within the animal world is also described as coming to pass (Isa. 65:25).
Beyond the restoration of complete fellowship, the elimination of the “groaning of the creation” will mean that all that is harmful – decay, disease, death, and suffering – will be things of the past (Rom. 8:21, Rev. 21:4).
Read Psalm 8:1-9. What is the message for us here, especially in light of what we have studied this quarter?
The implications of God’s presence on the new earth, and the implications for life there, is immense – especially as science has revealed to us, as never before, the size and scope of God’s creation. The estimated size of the ‘visible’ universe is many billions of light-years wide; however, scientists now speculate that this immense and vast cosmos represents only about 7 percent of what’s actually out there!
And to think: the God who created all that not only died for us but will dwell with us for eternity! At some point, because of the limits of our fallen minds, we have to stop trying to think about this rationally but, instead, fall to our knees and worship and praise the One who not only created us but redeemed us and now promises to live with us for all eternity.