Blessings in ChristBro. Ron Rupé
12/2/2007 6:00 PM
That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise. Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
When we obtain Christ, we also obtain an inheritance. It is incorruptible, undefiled, fadeth not away and is reserved for us in heaven. (See 1 Peter 1:4) If it is reserved for us, it means that we don’t have it now. But… we get to enjoy an advance on it now.
Earnest – anything that gives assurance; pledge; token; an indication of something more to come
The Spirit of God is God’s assurance to us that there is more of the same to come. It’s a foretaste of God’s kingdom. (See 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; 5:1-5)
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. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 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. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Many people desire a new heaven and a new earth, no more sorrow, crying or pain. "And he said unto me, It is done." Done doesn’t necessarily mean it’s finished or over. God has set it in motion. Jesus has made all things new. "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." A new earth doesn’t mean the same old earth started all over again. It is a new kind of heaven and earth.
For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
Verse 18 explains verse 17. It refers to something spiritual. The new heaven and earth are associated with Jerusalem and its people… but not the old Jerusalem and her people because they weren’t rejoicing or in joy.
Luke 19:41-44; 13:34-35
And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side. And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee, and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate; and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
The people of the old Jerusalem caused God pain, not joy. Jesus said it was left to them desolate. The old was cast away.
But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts; and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
The new heaven, earth and Jerusalem came in with the new covenant. "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts; and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:" "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." (Revelation 21:3) – These are similar and it is done. Is it done for you?
But yea re come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
"It is done"; "But ye are come…" When you come to Jesus, you come to a lot of wonderful things. These are spiritual things. In the new people, there is a joy to God because they overcome.
For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
This shows us the new kind of Jew, the kind God can praise.
Revelation 21:4-6; 2 Corinthians 5:14-19
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them: and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
The former things that are passed away caused the death, sorrow, crying and pain. He creates all things new. All were dead, but God in Christ reconciled us to himself and made us new creatures that live unto God. The former things were the sins of my past. Jesus came and reconciled me to himself.
A bride adorned for her husband:
- Ephesians 5:22-23
- John 3:27-30
Tabernacle of God is with men – 2 Tabernacles
- Revelation 21
- Hebrews 9
- Hebrews 10
No more death
- Revelation 21
- Revelation 2:1-7
- Romans 6:18-23
Luke 15:11-13, 31
And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
God’s given us an inheritance; don’t waste it. Don’t throw it away. Some aren’t content with just an advance. ["And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine." This is the advance and it is enough. God is always with us and all he has is ours. The earnest of our inheritance is plenty.] Some want all their good things now and trade what’s ahead to have their "good" things now. Doing that leaves nothing for later. Don’t do that! If you’ve done that, come to yourself and trade back.
And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.