Although the baseball season is over, the Bible is clear in 2 Peter 3 that we are in the middle of a World Series. First was the world that was destroyed by the Flood in Noah’s day – “the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished” (vs. 6). Then, Peter described the world that exists today – “But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men” (vs. 7). Willfully ignorant scoffers ignore the judgment that destroyed the first world because they do not want to consider the future judgment that will destroy this one and send the ungodly into perdition (vs. 3-7).
Nevertheless, believers look forward to the third world in this world series – the world to come: “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13).
It is hard to imagine a world where righteousness alone dwells. In this current world we can see Romans chapter three lived out on a daily – even an hourly – basis:
Rom 3:10-18 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: (11) There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. (12) They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. (13) Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: (14) Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: (15) Their feet are swift to shed blood: (16) Destruction and misery are in their ways: (17) And the way of peace have they not known: (18) There is no fear of God before their eyes.
Yet in the world to come there will be no sin, no temptation, no devil, and no curse. It will be a place “wherein dwelleth righteousness.”
Can you imagine a MAN without a sinful nature? The Bible is clear that within us are three fallen aspects – “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” (1 Jn. 2:15). This world of chaos, heartache, misery, and confusion is the product of sinful people trying to satisfy the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. Can you imagine a man without the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, or the pride of life? What kind of man would he be? In the long history of humanity only one such Man ever lived who had not even the slightest bend to His character – Jesus Christ. He was and is the sinless Son of God. Can you imagine spending a day or a week with a Man who was perfect, sinless, undefiled in even the smallest way – a Man who did not even have a sinful tendency, a bad habit, or even a wrong desire?
Can you imagine a WORLD without sinful people? Not in this world, certainly. Yet in the world to come will dwell perfect righteousness. How is this possible? The Bible tells us that those who inhabit that heavenly world to come are those who have been saved – they have been born again by the grace of God. One day, we who are saved will see Jesus and be as He is!
1Jn 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.
The redeemed of the Heavenly Jerusalem will be freed forever from their sinful natures; they have been totally redeemed from the curse. In the world to come, there will be no Satan to tempt or to disrupt the perfect peace and harmony of God’s people. The world will be filled with righteousness because EVERYONE WILL BE LIKE JESUS.
In the last Book of the Bible, God gives us a glimpse of the heavenly home of the redeemed:
Rev 21:1-3 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. (2) And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (3) And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Nothing that defiles will be present or allowed in that heavenly land:
Rev 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
There is of course a warning to those who are NOT saved:
Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
If you are not saved, you should consider your eternal destiny without Jesus Christ. He is the God of heaven. He created all things and all mankind will one day answer before His throne of judgment. Yet He has made a way for us to be saved. He left heaven, was born of a virgin, lived a perfect and sinless life, died horribly on an old rugged cross as our Substitute and Sacrifice, was resurrected three days later, and has ascended back to the throne of God. He has purchased salvation and He extends it by His mercy and grace to all who will receive Him as Saviour.
After revealing this wonderful, heavenly world to come, the Bible ends with an invitation:
Rev 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
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For the believer, this world is not our home. We are pilgrims and strangers in a world where righteousness is often unwelcome. Yet there is a world to come wherein dwelleth righteousness – the eternal home of the redeemed.
Thank you for reading. God bless.