All Things New

The Word

All Things New (Rev 21:1-8)

What once was broken will be made right again. Jesus is making all things new.

CONTEXT

  • The Apostle John was exiled on the island of Patmos when he received a revelation from Jesus.
  • Addressed to seven churches, he encouraged the people to persevere in the increasingly challenging times.
  • Jesus sought to protect the Church from the devil’s forces whether by violence (beast), heresy (false prophet), or affluence (prostitute).

CONTENT

  • The devastating effects of sin will be completely absent in the new heaven and the new earth (Rev. 21:1).
  • The sea represented chaotic danger and Jesus’ new creation will have nothing of the such (Rev. 21:1).
  • Heaven is experienced by God reaching down to man – not man reaching up to God (Rev. 21:2).
  • The greatest treasure of heaven is the nearness of God (Rev. 21:3).
  • Heaven is a place where our Father comforts our despair, eliminates our danger, and removes our pain (Rev. 21:4).
  • Jesus doesn’t improve what is broken but makes new what is depleted (Rev. 21:5).
  • The entry cost into heaven can only be paid by Jesus (Rev. 21:6).

CONCEPT

  • Most of my frustration in this world is due to the fact that this isn’t my home.
  • Heaven is not obtained by those wishing to avoid Hell but those who desire Jesus (Rev. 21:7-8).
  • The Word of God is trustworthy and true even to the very end (Rev. 21:5).

Travis Agnew is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is What God Has Joined Together.