The Home of the Saved
This same earth upon which we now live, where man was placed when first created, -- is to be his dwelling place after the work of redemption is finished, and Christ says, -- "Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world," -- Matt.25:34. "The meek shall inherit the earth," -- Matt.5:5. "He that overcometh shall inherit all things," -- Rev.21:7.
"But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for them that love Him," -- 1.Cor.2:9. "And this is the promise that he has promised us, even eternal life," -- 1.John 2:25. John 3:16 says, -- "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." Christ gives his followers eternal life. "I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish," -- John 10:28.
The prophet Isaiah was given an insight into the conditions prevailing on the new earth. "And they shall build houses and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the works of their hands; they shall not labor in vain nor bring forth trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them," -- Isa.65:21-23. "My people shall dwell in a peaceful habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places," -- Isa.32:l8. "Violence shall no more be heard in the land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders, but thou shall call the walls Salvation, and the gates Praise," -- Isa.60:18.
"The wolf shall lie down with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; . . . and a little child shall lead them," -- Isa.11:6. "They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain," -- Isa.11:9. Pain, suffering, sorrow, and death, shall not be in the new earth. "There shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying . . . for the former things are passed away," -- Rev.21:4. "The inhabitants shall not say, I am sick; the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity," -- Isa.33:24,
The New Jerusalem shall be the new metropolis of the glorified earth, "It is a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord." For a description of the beauties of the New Jerusalem, read Rev.2l:6-27.
"Her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone clear as crystal." "The nation of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it; and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor unto it." Saith the Lord, -- "I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people." "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."
"There shall be no night there," "And they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light." The glory of God and the Lamb floods the city with unfading light.
There, immortal minds will contemplate with never failing delight, the wonders of creative power, the mysteries of redeeming love. All the treasures of the universe will be open to the study of God's redeemed. "O the depths of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are His judgments, and his ways past finding out," -- Rom.11:33.
There will be no end to the accumulation of knowledge, for God's treasures are inexhaustible, and the acquirement of knowledge will not weary the mind or exhaust the energies. There will always be new heights to surmount, new wonders to admire, and new truths to comprehend.
With undimmed vision God's redeemed people gaze upon the glory of creation, suns, stars and systems, all in their appointed order circling the throne of God. As the years of eternity roll by they will bring riches and more glorious revelations of God and Christ. Since knowledge is progressive, there will be no end to the increase of love, reverence, and happiness.
"Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love him," -- 1.Cor.2:9. More and more, and then there's more to follow.
The pleasures of the redeemed are as enduring as eternity itself. "Mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands." "The saints of the most high shall take the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever," -- Dan.7:18.
"Forever and forever," that is eternity. Can you comprehend it? Is it worth striving for?
"When we've been there ten thousand years,
Bright, shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise,
Than when we first began," -- Isaac Watts.
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