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,” (21:5).
We’ve probably all used the expression, “That just sounds too good to be true,” revealing our suspicious, pessimistic cynicism in that if it sounds too good to be true then surely it is just too good to be true.
All these New Things He is Making do sound too good to be true and completely beyond our ability to visualize; for in this life, we have nothing to compare it All to. But like the creation of the universe, when the world was without form and empty and dark, God spoke; and as He spoke, so it was; and it was good.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness, (Genesis 1:1-3).
But in truth, we can’t understand how good it was, because the only creation we have ever known has been corrupted by sin. But by the Testimony of Jesus, He is bringing it back full circle, back to the beginning. He Is the Alpha and the Omega, the first and last, the beginning and the end; and it is done.
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,” (21:5-6).
And He is Making All Things New for all of eternity, and the separation of Light from darkness will be forever; and His New created Holy City, the Place of His Dwelling, will never know darkness again.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,” … 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, (21:3, 23).
But before John is shown All the New Things, the Lord tells him to write it All down that it would be recorded so we would know that it is not too good to be true. For the One Who spoke the entire universe into existence has told us that He is Making All Things New.
Consider Him Who is Making All Things New
Everything about this chapter revealing the culmination of life on this planet as we know it, will be Made New; New in the absence of sin and darkness and death as He is Making All Things New in His Holiness and Light and Life.
He is Making All Things New…
- …and there will be a New heaven and earth.
- 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, (21:1).
- …and there He will dwell among men.
- And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,” (21:2-3).
- …and there will be freedom from all pain and sorrow and death.
- and He 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,” (21:4).
- …and there His Sovereign Purpose and Rule from beginning to end will be finalized.
- 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…” (21:5-6).
- …and there will be eternal life that satisfies forever.
- “…I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost,” (21:6).
- …and there will be unbroken relationship between God and His children.
- “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son,” (21:7).
- …and there will the Holy union between the Lamb and His bride.
- Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb,” (21:9).
- …and there will be eternal security for the Old and New Testament believers.
- 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… 12 It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel… 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, (21:10, 12, 14).
- …and there will be His Heavenly High-Rise, incomparable in beauty, worth and strength.
- The one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall. 16 The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal…18 The material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19 The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone… 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass, (21:15-16, 18, 21).
- …and there the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb will Be the Temple.
- I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple, (21:22).
- …and there the Glory of God and the Lamb will Be the Light.
- 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, (21:23-24).
- …and there nothing unclean shall ever be found amongst those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
- and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (21:27).
How do we respond to Him Who is Making All Things New?
Does it sound too good to be true? Well, the truth is, if we have placed our faith in Christ He has already Made All Things New… in us.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come, (2 Corinthians 5:17).
When I came to Christ in 1984, my first Bible was the New King James Version. And I will never forget reading these words for the first time.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new, (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV).
Not some things, but All Things have become New. And oh, I really felt just like that… New! I had never known such love and peace and hope and joy and wholeness in all my twenty-nine years before I met Jesus Christ.
But as we know, while the spirit man is a New Creation, the flesh must be continually crucified and sanctified. And perhaps the reason it all sounds too good to be true is because we are listening with our natural ears instead of with New ears of faith.
Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires, (Galatians 5:24).
But as we also know, faith doesn’t mean easy. Yesterday, was a really tough day, considering Him Upon His Great White Throne; but I hope that the stinging reality of His judgment on those who reject Him stays with us, compels us to obey His command to preach the truth of His coming Judgment until we breathe our last breath.
“And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead. 43 Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins,” (Acts 10:42-43).
But we must also live in the hope we have in Him Who is Making All Things New, for that too will compel us to share the Good News. Because before we can truly surrender to Him Who is Making All Things New, we have to clearly see the problem with the old.
The gospel message goes against what is so widely propagated today, that we are born inherently good. The Bible teaches we are born sinners and enemies of a Holy and Righteous God. But in His great Love, Christ died for us to Make All Things New, that we would be eternally reconciled to Him by His Life.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation, (Romans 5:8-11).
While we wait for That Day when He Will Make All Things New, let us live as His New Creations here on earth, for the day is nearer than when we first believed. Oh, let us choose each and every day to lay aside the old and put on the New, that others would be drawn to the One Who Lives in us.
Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. 9 For this, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
11 Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. 12 The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts, (Romans 13:8-14).
And if we live by intentionally setting apart and honoring Christ as Lord in our hearts so as to fulfill His law by loving our neighbor and making no provision for our flesh, and if we daily by faith, clothe ourselves in the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ, won’t others be drawn to ask why?
Oh, let us pray that He would daily fill us with His Spirit, that we would live in surrendered faith as His New Creations so that others would see His Holiness and Light and Life in us. And let us pray we will always be ready to defend the hope we have in Him Who is Making All Things New.
but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence, (1 Peter 3:15