Introduction: This week we come to the last lesson of our
quarter’s study on Creation. We turn our attention to the
earth recreated, the earth made new. Now that is an
exciting thought, so let’s jump into our study!


    1. How many of you spend a significant amount of time
      thinking about the future? (When I was young, I
      would think about being older and having more
      money and more status. Now that I am older, I
      think about a semi-retirement where I travel the
      country in a converted bus (or some other RV) and
      litigate a few religious liberty cases and hold
      seminars or evangelistic series.)

      1. Does the future always seem more desirable
        than the present?

      2. Is it human nature to dream about the future?

      3. When you think about the future, do you
        envision yourself in heaven? (I sometimes
        wonder why I spend so much time thinking about
        the details of a bus conversion when I should
        be thinking about interplanetary travel!)

    2. Let’s look at a text about this. Read Revelation
      21:1-4. Is our future in heaven?

      1. If you say, “yes,” why is the New Jerusalem
        (v.2) “coming down out of heaven?” (These
        verses clearly indicate that at some point we
        return to an earth made new. God then brings
        His holy city, the New Jerusalem, down to
        earth so that He can live with us!)

        1. Would that make the new earth the “center
          of the universe?”

        2. How special will it be to reside at the
          “center of the universe?”

          1. What are the “perks” of having God
            as our neighbor?

        3. Why would God want to move into our
          neighborhood? (I think it has to do with
          His successful battle against sin. The
          one rebel outpost in the universe now
          becomes His home.)

      2. What, in particular, do you look forward to in
        the earth made new? (Verse 4 tells us that
        fear will be gone. We will not have to worry
        about the loss of a loved one, or personal
        sickness because all pain, crying and death
        are gone. Pain and suffering will no longer be
        “the order” of things.)

    3. Read Revelation 21:10-12, 18-21. Imagine this for
      a moment, and tell me if you can think of anything
      here, anything you have seen, that compares to

      1. In Luke 9:58 Jesus said that He had no home
        here. In Isaiah 53:2 we are told that when
        Jesus lived on earth He did not have any
        beauty or majesty that would attract us to
        Him. His standard of living, in general,
        seemed to be low. He was not grand looking or
        grand appearing. Why the great contrast
        between the earth made new and Jesus’
        lifestyle here?

    4. Read Revelation 22:1-2. What do you find unusual
      about this tree?

      1. What is the source of the river of life?

      2. Will you be able to eat from the tree of life?
        (Yes! Revelation 2:7 says that we have “the
        right” to eat from it!)

    5. Can you picture this in your mind? In the middle
      of the New Jerusalem is the throne of God. A main
      street, of pure gold (Rev. 22:2 & 21:18), leads to
      the throne. In the middle of this street of gold
      is the crystal clear river of life. On both sides
      of the river this enormous tree is growing that
      has a new crop every month. Its leaves and fruit
      give life!

    6. Why does the New Jerusalem have a wall? (It cannot
      be for protection from enemies for Revelation
      21:25 tells us that the gates are never shut.)

    7. Our lesson refers (Sunday) to the “imagery” of
      what God has in store for us and the teacher’s
      comments refer to the Biblical presentation being
      “sometimes symbolic.” Is this description real or
      is this symbolic? (I do not think it is symbolic.
      The precious stones and metals that are described
      are still precious today. If there is any attempt
      at symbolism, it is an effort to tell us that what
      is in store for us is the very best that we can


    1. What kind of relationships do you think we will
      have in the earth made new?

      1. Will we have to be worried about being mugged?
      2. Will everyone be helpful and considerate?

      3. Will another Cain be lurking?

    2. I always thought it was interesting that whenever
      my parents or their friends discussed a potential
      retirement home, they invariably mentioned the
      proximity of a hospital!

      1. If we do not have to worry about a nearby
        hospital in the earth made new, why does
        Revelation 22:2 say that the leaves of the
        tree of life “are for the healing of the

        1. What other “healing” could occur at this
          tree? (We read about Christians of
          various nationalities and tribes
          disliking each other, to say nothing
          about actually attacking each other. The
          tree of life is a natural gathering
          place. Perhaps John means that at the
          tree we will rub shoulders with
          “different” people and get to understand
          them better.)

    3. Let’s read some other texts on relationships in
      the earth made new. Read Isaiah 11:9. What kind
      of attitude does this suggest?

        1. If the world today had a better knowledge
          of God, would there be less destruction
          and harm?

          1. How important does this text in
            Isaiah suggest is the knowledge of
            God in solving today’s social

            1. How would you go about
              increasing the knowledge of God?

      1. Read Revelation 22:4. What kind of attitude is
        suggested by the term “His name will be on
        their foreheads?” (The head is the source of
        thinking. It means that the people agree with

    4. Read Luke 20:34-36. Why is it in the earth made
      new we will not marry? (Because we are “God’s

      1. Does this text (and context) mean that we will
        not remain married in heaven even if we are
        married here?

        1. Didn’t God show us in Eden ( Genesis 2:18-24) that marriage is His ideal situation?
        2. If it is the ideal, why would it not
          exist in heaven? (Luke 20 is a difficult
          and discouraging text for those who are
          happily married. I like being married to
          my wife. I want to remain married in
          heaven. God’s ideal in Eden was marriage.
          I think the key to this is Genesis 2:24.
          This tells us that in marriage the
          primary relationship changes from the
          parent to the spouse. Jesus tells us in
          Luke 20:36 that our primary relationship
          will be with our Father in heaven. I do
          not think this precludes marriage (and
          Jesus does not say it does), but I think
          it alters the primary relationship.
          Consider to what degree Adam sinned
          because he considered his relationship
          with Eve to be primary.)


    1. What do you expect you will be doing in the earth
      made new? Will you be sitting on a cloud, playing
      a harp ( Revelation 5:8)?

      1. Does that idea even appeal to you? (Not to me!
        I could enjoy playing a harp, but do not want
        to sit around playing one for eternity.)

    2. Read Matthew 5:12. This says that in heaven you
      will be rewarded. What kind of reward do you think
      you will get? What kind of rewards does God offer?

      1. What kinds of things do you think would be a
        reward for you? If I said to you, “I want to
        reward you,” what would you suggest?

      2. Matthew 6:20 tells us to store up our
        treasures in heaven and not on earth. Will we
        have treasures in the earth made new? What
        kind can we store up now?

      3. What reward is revealed in Luke 22:29-30?
        (This is also a good answer to the “perks”
        question I asked you before.)

      4. Read Isaiah 65:22-24. This is generally
        accepted as a description of heaven or the
        earth made new. Which of these activities do
        you find most appealing?

        1. If Adam and Eve had work in pre-sin Eden,
          does it make sense that we will have work
          in the earth made new?

      5. Is it fair or helpful to talk about heaven in
        terms of what we know? ( 1 Corinthians 2:9
        tells us that we have not seen, heard or can
        even imagine what God has prepared for us.)

    3. Friend, God has a wonderful reward in store for
      you. Will you accept it? Will you make a
      commitment to walk with God so that you can be

  4. Next Week: We start a new quarter on the “Church in
    Today’s World.” Our lesson title for next week is “We
    Are a Family.”