The Eternal State

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Colossians 1:20 And through Him to reconcile all things into Himself, the one making peace through the blood of His cross, whether the things upon the earth or the things in the heavens.

The work of Messiah was to reconcile the creation with the Creator. He did this by making peace between these two parties. The Greek word for reconciliation means to change from one condition to another by removing every enmity in order to leave no hindrance for unity and peace. Another way of stating this would be to say to restore that which was lost. There was peace between Creator and creation in the Garden. It was destroyed when Man, the pinnacle of God’s creation violated His (God’s) will. Man has been seeking reconciliation ever since. But it was not until Messiah did His promised work that reconciliation was accomplished and it resulted in peace (literally the absence of strife) with the Creator for those who believe.

Messiah’s work initially produced a localized peace within the hearts of believers (Luke 17:20) and, as we saw yesterday, a more universal peace will come for those surviving the tribulation during the millennial kingdom. But the eternal peace for the redeemed of all ages will not be established until God allows all who are opposed to His rule one final attempt to dethrone Messiah. They will fail miserably because of the power of God (Revelation 20:9). This will usher in the Eternal State, the time when the absence of strife in creation will be re-established.

NAU Revelation 21:1 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. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband…. 5 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.” 6 Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost…. 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God…. 23 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. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. 25 In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; 26 and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; …22:5 And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.

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