The Reversal of the CurseMarch 01, 2004
by Vern Poythress
God promises us “a new heaven and a new earth” (Rev. 21:1). Some people leap to the conclusion that God will simply throw the present creation onto the scrap heap, so to speak, and start over again from scratch. But this cannot be right. We ourselves are part of this present creation. And if we trust in Christ, we know that we will not end up on the scrap heap!
In Romans 8:18–25 God shows us how to think about our future. We who belong to Christ are “sons of God” (vv. 14–15, 19). The Spirit of Christ dwells within us, guaranteeing our final redemption (v. 23). We have eternal life even now (vv. 6, 10; John 5:24), but we also long for the full coming of life and peace in the future: “we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies” (Rom. 8:23).
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The Soul of Duke: The Surprisingly Christian Roots of Duke Ellington’s JazzJanuary 18, 2001
by William Edgar