Bible Study from 2 Peter 3:13-14
The New Heaven and the New Earth!
by I Gordon
' But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.'
 ↩ Even the Old Testament spoke of this. The prophet Isaiah who spoke the fall of this current earth again spoke by the word of the Lord saying ''Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy. I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more.' (Isaiah 65:17-19)
 ↩ When you read through Psalm 102 you could be forgiven for thinking that it is expressing the thoughts of the Psalmist towards God. But it's not! The Psalmist, writing by the Spirit of God, is recording is a conversation within the trinity! In the verse before us, Psalm 102:25, the writer of Hebrews specifically states that this passage records God the Father speaking to His son Jesus! Now that makes the whole thing very fascinating! See Hebrews 1:5-10. William MacDonald, in his Bible Believers Commentary, writes on Psalm 102 'Here as nowhere else in the Bible we are enabled to listen in on a conversation that took place between the three Persons of the trinity when the Lord Jesus was making expiation for the sins of the world.' He also provides the following key that should help as you read and study this psalm (yes, you are going to read and study this psalm!)
Verse 1-11 The Lord Jesus, hanging on the cross, speaking to God.
Verse 12-15 The Father replies to His beloved Son (compare verse 12 with Hebrews 1:8)
Verse 16-21 The speaker is unidentified, but we are safe in assuming that it is the Holy Spirit, describing the future restoration of Israel under the Messiah
Verse 23-24 The Saviour is heard once more as He suffers at the hands of God for our sins.
Verse 24b-28 Again by comparing this section with Hebrews 1:10-12 we know that the Father is speaking to His Son.
 ↩ When a Pastor asked this question to his congregation one day, a dear old lady replied 'I underline them in yellow!' Nice answer! I like that. But there may be a little more too it than that!
 ↩ As an example, consider Abraham. He was called to leave his home not knowing where he was going! His motivation? Well, we read of that in Hebrews 11 'He was looking for a city whose architect and builder is God.' He was 'looking' to his heavenly home and that made it possible to endure.
 ↩ My old car had some serious problems. It had been broken into 6 times, stolen twice and had had its locks punched out three times. It also leaked and ran like a dog (... but I loved that old girl!) Well anyway, when I got my new car, I kept thinking that all my old problems were still there. For instance, when it started to rain, I'd be thinking, 'Ah, the boot's gunna get water in it again'. And I'd have to tell myself 'No, you have a new car, all those old problems are gone!' When it was cold I'd think 'Mmmm, wonder if she will start, or whether I'll be back firing down the road!' And again I'd have to say 'No, think, that is all passed. You've got a new car!' Well strangely, this went on for a while. I guess what I'm trying (a tad poorly) to say, is that there was this great sense of relief that all the full list of problems that I had were gone in one swoop when I got the new car. All these things that I had worried about were all wiped out. And one day, all of the problems you and I currently have will be dealt with forever, instantaneously. We will never have to worry about them ever again. 'Behold I make all things new' says the Lord. 'The old order of things has passed away'. I like those words.
Related Series Posts
- 2 Peter 1 The necessity of true knowledge
- 2 Peter 1: The reality & outworking of our faith!
- 2 Peter 1 Don't Forget to Remember!
- 2 Peter 1: A glimpse of the age to come!
- 2 Peter 2: A trip to the dark side!
- 2 Peter 2: How to smell a rat!
- 2 Peter 3: Expect the Unexpected!
- 2 Peter 3: The Day of the Lord
- 2 Peter 3: The New Heaven and the New Earth!
- 2 Peter 3: A final warning and a final plea!