New City Catechism – Week 52

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“All Glory Be to Christ”
(Hymn #133 in Hymns of Grace)
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Q52: What hope does everlasting life hold for us?

A52: It reminds us that this present fallen world is not all there is; soon we will live with and enjoy God forever in the new city, in the new heaven and the new earth, where we will be fully and forever freed from all sin and will inhabit renewed, resurrection bodies in a renewed, restored creation.

Our culture bombards us with a message. “Stay young. Hold on to what you have. Squeeze this life of every possible pleasure, because it’s all you have. Don’t lose out.” Age is no longer wisdom, but loss. Dying is tragic and evidence that if God exists, he must be stingy and harsh.

The Christian lives with a countercultural worldview. We know that our best days are not behind but ahead. Certainly, in this world, we have many good things. God provides our daily bread. God has made everything under the sun beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11), but he also tells us that, in this world, we will have troubles (John 16:33) and that our outer life will waste away (2 Cor 4:16).

No, we confidently hope in that life to come with Christ. Though we are like grass that withers and the flower that fades, yet we know that in our redeemed bodies, we will see God. “But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you” (Rom. 8:10).

He will come again. We will be raised incorruptible and made like Him. We will be together with our Lord. He will establish His consummated Kingdom apart from any vestige of resistance. God will dwell with man in a restored new heaven and earth. He will reign eternally and bring in everlasting joy. In His presence, there will be pleasures forevermore. We will delight in His glory without end.

-Pastor Jay