Recreation: God’s Kingdom Restored(Romans 8:18-25, Revelation 20:11-21:8 & 21:22 - 22:6) (Romans 8:18-25, Revelation 20:11-21:8, Revelation 21:22-22:6)Francis Blight, 17th December 2023
Part of the Autumn teaching 2023 - Kingdom Come series, preached at a Fordham Sunday Service service
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8:19 The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.
8:20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope
8:21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
8:22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
8:23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
8:24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?
8:25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
20:12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
20:13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done.
20:14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.
20:15 If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
21:2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
21:4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
21:5 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."
21:6 He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.
21:7 He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
21:8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars--their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."
21:23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.
21:24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.
21:25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.
21:26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.
21:27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
22:1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb
22:2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
22:3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.
22:4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.
22:5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
22:6 The angel said to me, "These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place."