Making Everything New

by Scarlett Stough


For the Scripture References and related Bible Study Guide, go to Bible Study Guide: A New Creation Has Come.

Jesus came to inaugurate a New Covenant, replacing the Old Covenant made with Israel. This covenant would include people from all nations. This covenant would not rely on human ability to keep:

For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. But God found fault with the people [my emphasis] and said: The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah…..I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts…. By calling this covenant "new," he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear.
Hebrews 8:7-13

Jesus hinted at this when he was asked why his disciples did not fast according to the custom of the Pharisees (Matthew 9:14-17; Mark 2:18-22; Luke 5:33-39). He compared his teachings to that of putting new wine into old wine skins which would burst as the new wine continued to ferment. Those who are used to the old would find it difficult to accept the new.

A big part of this New Covenant is its inclusion of all who believe:

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."
Romans 1:16-17

Why is "making everything new" necessary? Paul continued his discourse in Romans Chapter One explaining why death is a deserved punishment for all the wickedness which is bringing the wrath of God on humanity. We don’t like to talk about the “wrath of God.” We prefer to focus on the love of God. God’s love includes discipline and justice, not just mercy towards those who want to live a new life. For there to be "new" there must be a removal of the "old."

But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment "will be revealed. God will give to each person according to what he has done."
Romans 2:5-6

Before the "new heavens and the new earth" become a reality, the wickedness, the old, which is causing all the suffering on this earth must pass away. Individuals can experience a new life here and now by turning from those actions God calls evil and enter eternal life with God (2 Corinthians 5:17; 6:14-18; 7:1; Revelation 21:6-8).

He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."
Revelation 21:5

God is waiting for us to get tired of living apart from him in a world which cannot create peace on earth (2 Peter 3:8-18).

 



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