And Jesus said to them, "Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.
For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope read more. But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!. New International Version Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! New Living Translation This means.
But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.
Jubilees ; see Isa. In this fictitious work roughly contemporary with the New Testament, the patriarch Joseph prays for the conversion of the beautiful Aseneth, whom he would later marry Gen.
In any event, the significance of this imagery should not be missed. Portraying conversion as a dramatic new creation underscores a complete and irrevocable break with the past, and so is an ideal expression to apply to converts from a pagan environment, like Corinth.
Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard is spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil Jer. Son of man, you are living among a rebellious people.
They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people Ezek. Having been set free from sin, we have become servants of God.
Then we have our fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. Romans Everything that is new and good can spring forth in this redemption process from sin, and only then will we experience it. Living rivers are now flowing through fertile fields where we formerly lived a desert life.
We are being molded to declare the praises of the Lord! May all our interests and all our thoughts be in this new thing.
We have a glorious future ahead of us in Christ — a future of light and life, of rest and thankfulness, of joy and peace. In other words, a desire for anything sinful. See James May nothing of the old life be a hindrance or a constant bother to us.
The virtues of Christ encompass everything that is new, and should it not spring forth now as never before? Then we will be a blessing with joy and peace and a living hope for ourselves, though there might be ever so much unrest and anxiety around us. All of heaven is on our side.
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