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            1. 2 Peter 3:5-13- Destruction of this world with fire promised.

            2. 1 Corinthians 15:49-54- Heavenly bodies are promised to Christians.

            3. Revelations 21:1-7- The faithful will be with God.



II. MAIN THEME- God has promised a new heaven and new earth where only righteousness exists, and we can live in perfect conditions forever.  This is not a reworked physical earth, for it will be melted with fire and pass from existence.  The new heaven and earth is a heavenly place prepared for a heavenly people who have been purchased by the blood of Christ.

            1. The destruction of this present world.

                        a. As certain as the flood in the days of Noah, 2 Pet 3:5-7.

                        b. To be destroyed by fire, 2 Pet 3:10-12; Rev 20:9.

                        c. The physical to be replaced by the heavenly, I Cor 15:49-54; 2 Pet 3:13.

            2. The nature of the new heaven and earth.

                        a. Only righteousness lives there, 2 Pet 3:13; Rev 21:1-7.

                        c. All things that hurt and destroy will not be there, Rev 21:4.

                        d. Eternal life will be there, Rev 21:6.

            3. The heaven and earth concept

                        a. We live in a world enclosed by the heaven and earth, Gen 1:1; Isaiah 66:1.

                        b. God promised a new heaven and earth to His people of the Old Testament,

                            looking to the church, Isaiah 2:2-4; 65:17-25.

                        c. God promised a new heaven and earth to His people of the New Testament,

                            looking to our eternal home, Rev 21:1-5; Heb 4:9-10; 9:24; 1 Cor 15:49-54.

            4. The inheritance of the saints.

                        a. A crown of life for the faithful, Rev 2:10; 2 Tim 4:7-8.

                        b. To be a child of God for eternity, Rev 2:1:7; 1 John 3:2; Phil 3:20-21;

                            Mat 25:34.

.           5. The destruction of the wicked.

                        a. Eternal fire is prepared for the devil and his followers, Mat 25:41;

                            Rev 20:10.

                        b. The wicked will be separated from the righteous forever, Rev 22:15; 21:27.




            1.The new heaven and earth are not this world redone, but are a new dwelling

                prepared for the glorified children of God, 2 Pet 3:10-11, 13; Rom 8:18-21;

                Rev 3:12.

            2. We should live holy and godly lives, because this is evidence of our salvation,

                2 Pet 3:11-12; 1 John 1:5-7; 3:1-19.

            3. We should put spiritual things first in our lives, showing that our hope is in

                heaven, 1 Tim 4:8, 15-16; Mat 6:33-34; Luke 12:13-21, 28-34; 16:9.




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