God promises us “a new heaven and a new earth” (Rev. 21:1). Some people leap to the conclusion that God will simply throw the present creation onto the scrap heap, so to speak, and start over again from scratch. But this cannot be right. We ourselves are part of this present creation. And if we trust in Christ, we know that we will not end up on the scrap heap! In Romans 8:18–25 God shows us how to think about our future. We who belong to Christ are “sons of God” (vv. 14–15, 19). The Spirit of Christ dwells within …
Dr. Vern S. Poythress is professor of New Testament interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA.