I believe it is far more accurate to say that new creation, rather than going to heaven, is the ultimate hope for God’s people. This is the fourth post in our “What the Bible Says About Heaven” series. In this post, we will explore the idea of new creation and its connection to heaven. What does the Bible say about new creation? What does it mean for God to make his creation new? And why should Christians care about new creation?
The Redemption of Creation
Some people understandably feel a little disappointed when they hear we will “inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5) rather than go to heaven. They think, “Why would I want to inherit the earth? The earth is full of problems: hurricanes, tornadoes, diseases, famines, and floods.” The problem is that they are thinking of the present world (as it is), not the future world (as it will be).
The apostle Paul described the whole creation as presently being in “bondage to corruption” (Romans 8:21). The…