We’ll spend eternity on a new earth, walking with God!
There will come a day when this earth will “melt” away.
looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! —2 Peter 3:12
God will destroy the old and create/refashion a new earth.
For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth;
And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind. —Isaiah 65:17
And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” —Revelation 21:5
Not too many details are given but, interestingly, there will be no sea.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. —Revelation 21:1
Since water now comprises 4/5ths of the earth’s surface, the new earth will definitely be different than our current earth.
There will also be no sun or moon; yet there will be no night. Instead, Jesus will illumine the world by His glory.
And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. . . . In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed —Revelation 21:23, 25
And we won’t ever be sad again because God will “wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4). But the most wonderful aspect of this new earth is the restored relationship between God and man that was lost in the Fall in the Garden of Eden:
. . . He (God) will dwell among them (men), and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them . . . —Revelation 21:3
But the most wonderful aspect of this new earth is the restored relationship between God and man that was lost in the Fall in the Garden of Eden:
Regarding “Living with someone without being married,” we received this eye-opener from a GML subscriber:
Actually, in some states, such as Minnesota, if you LIVE with someone over 6 months you are considered “common law marriage.” I had a friend who years ago lived with a woman and had a child. He ended up getting DIVORCED in COURT and then had to pay child support. But since he did not get a formal / recognized marriage on the front end, he had NO RIGHTS to see the child!!
I have a close Christian friend (we are both in our early twenties) who is dating and (regrettably) sleeping with a non-Christian. She says she can’t help herself, knows God will forgive her, and is praying he will marry her and that God will change his heart. She is active in church, witnesses to others, and otherwise has a great testimony. My question is, should I break fellowship with her since she is continuing in sin? She goes to a different church from me, so am I under any obligation to tell her Elders of her sin?
Her continued behavior makes us wonder if she is really a Christian, but she certainly could be. In these days of “easy believism,” it’s sometimes hard to distinguish between the real and the false. As you said, “regrettably” she doesn’t understand the consequences of her actions. Fortunately for her, God is patient with her.
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant —1 Corinthians 13:4
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. —2 Peter 3:9
And we are to be patient with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
. . . we urge you, brethren . . . help the weak, be patient with everyone. —1 Thessalonians 5:14
However, being patient does not mean ignoring Scriptural commands regarding someone in obvious sin. First, you are to go to her:
- In love.
FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES,
AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES. —Hebrews 12:6
- In private.
If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother —Matthew 18:15 * (see note below)
- And with gentleness.
. . . if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. —Galatians 6:1
You should lovingly share your Scriptural concerns like:
Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. —1 Corinthians 6:18
But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints —Ephesians 5:3
Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry —Colossians 3:5
For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality —1 Thessalonians 4:3
If she does not listen, then you are to take one or two others to again confront her. One should be an Elder from her church.
But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that BY THE MOUTH OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES EVERY FACT MAY BE CONFIRMED. —Matthew 18:16
See also Deuteronomy 19:15.
If she continues without repentance, the Elder should bring the matter before her whole church for exclusion from fellowship.
. . . if he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. —Matthew 18:17
Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all . . . —1 Timothy 5:20
You are to carry this out with humble concern. “Humble” because it could have happened to you, and out of “concern” because the Bible says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked.” (Galatians 6:7) And she is definitely being deceived! The purpose of her discipline is: . . . reprove them severely so that they may be sound in the faith . . . —Titus 1:13 . . . will be fearful of sinning. —1 Timothy 5:20 ______________________________ ______________________________
* We understand that Jesus was making these statements (in Matthew 18) prior to the Church Age. However, He made these remarks to the apostles, who made up the foundation of the church, and used the word “ekklesia”, or “church,” which was used in the general sense of an “assembly,” “meeting,” or “gathering.” Any instructions given to the apostles about the “ekklesia” would carry over to their instruction to the church.
. . . this punishment which was inflicted by the majority, . . . so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan . . . —2 Corinthians 2:6-11
. . . Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough? Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump . . . —1 Corinthians 5:6-7
. . . restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness . . . —Galatians 6:1
The purpose of her discipline is:
. . . reprove them severely so that they may be sound in the faith . . . —Titus 1:13
. . . will be fearful of sinning. —1 Timothy 5:20
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