God makes all things new and has promised us a new beginning, and we have confidence that his other promises will also be realized in the person of Jesus Christ. As believers, we hope for the day when Christ will return and make all things new (Revelation 21:5).
But what about the present moment? Where can we place our faith in this new year, today, tomorrow, and every day after that? As luck would have it, the Bible is replete with tales that illustrate how God renews all things for his own glory and the benefit of his people.
- 1 How Does God Make All Things New?
- 2 What Is The Significance Of “Behold, I Make All Things New” (Revelation 21:5)?
- 3 What Will The “New” Look Like?
- 4 What Happens To The “Old”?
- 5 2 Bible Verses To Reflect On All Things New
- 6 Conclusion
How Does God Make All Things New?
Bringing hope and new life to people is God’s main focus. Eventually, His Kingdom will arrive and Satan will be defeated, but restoration is already taking place on a smaller scale in the present.
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also, he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”— Revelation 21:5
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.— 2 Corinthians 5:17
Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.— Isaiah 43:18
What Is The Significance Of “Behold, I Make All Things New” (Revelation 21:5)?
Genesis 1:31 says, “God made the heavens and the earth and declared everything very good.” However, sin marred God’s creation. From then on, there will be no “good” world. Sin and death plague the world, as stated in Genesis 3 to Revelation 20.
Adam’s sin caused the eventuality of death in humanity (Romans 5:12). But the good news is that God vows a new paradise and a renewed world after sin is judged eternally, free of suffering, corruption, and death.
This forthcoming creation offers Christians hope and affects life on earth as believers await the fulfillment of God’s promise: “Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:5, NKJV).
John described the new paradise and renewed earth in Revelation 21. He sees a holy city where God dwells with His people. Here, God promises to wipe His people’s tears. Death, grief, crying, and agony end. Finally, sin’s dominion and effects will be over. John sees Jesus on the throne, proclaiming, “Behold, I make all things new.” Believers and all creation long for a new heaven and earth (Romans 8:19).
When someone trusts in God for salvation, the Holy Spirit dwells in them, making them new. “If someone is in Christ, a new creation has come: The old is gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). We are no longer bound by sin and can live in God’s ways as new creations. Galatians 2:20 describes our newness: “I have been crucified with Christ, and Christ lives in me.”
You live by faith in God’s Son, who loves you and offers Himself for you. We live for the One who is life, not ourselves (John 1:3–4). Behold, I create all things new” is proclaimed by those who surrender to God.
Being reborn influences our lives. God’s Word tells us to abandon sinful habits (Ephesians 4:22–24; Colossians 3:9). We are invited to don the new self, regenerated in knowledge and following the Creator’s image, instead of living in sin and for ourselves (Colossians 3:10, ESV).
Sanctification happens once one grows in faith and in God’s likeness after salvation (2 Corinthians 3:18). The Bible, prayer, Christian fellowship, and suffering help us grow. “Behold, I make all things new” affects how Christians live.
“Behold, I make all things new” has always been true. After Adam and Eve committed sin, God promised the arrival of the Messiah and judged sin (Genesis 3). Isaiah prophesies a new heaven and earth, saying, “See, I will create new heavens and a new earth.” “The past is forgotten” (Isaiah 65:17).
The corrupt, perverse world is not God’s ultimate future for believers. Like Paul, we can hope for the day God will “unite heaven and earth under Christ” (Ephesians 1:10).
What Will The “New” Look Like?
Those who have put their faith in Christ alone for salvation will spend eternity in a state free from pain, sin, and spiritual separation from the Lord. The planet as a whole will be restored to health. Physical rejuvenation, moral renewal, a new creation, and a new connection with the Lord are the four sorts of renewal outlined by John Piper.
1. Physical Renewal.
If death, agony, and tears are gone, so is the body as we know it. We’ll still have a body, but it won’t feel the pressure of corruption.
2. Moral Renewal.
Piper mentions “spiritual” newness. We’re fighting ourselves because we sin when we don’t want to. “This war is the most irritating thing about our age, at least for God’s children.”
Our flesh hinders our spirituality. “We don’t know what to pray for, but the Spirit intercedes with groans too deep for words” (Romans 8:26). When Christ arrives, we shall be spiritually and ethically reborn—not partially, but totally.
3. Creation Will Be Renewed.
Revelation 24:1 mentions “a new heaven and a new earth.” A second perfect earth will replace the first. “God promises his people a wonderful world to dwell in.”
Paul writes, “For the glorious creation was submitted to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in the hope that the creation itself will be set free from corruption and gain the freedom of the glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:20–21).
Paul states in Romans 11:36, “From him, through him, and to him are all things,” and all things were made for God (Colossians 1:16). The Lord likes what he created and plans to perfect it.
4. Relationship With God Will Be Renewed.
“God will renew and glorify our relationship.” “He will dwell among them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them,” says John (Revelation 21:3).
Christians will experience God’s presence in a way they’ve never known. “Though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly, yet he knows the haughty from far” (Psalm 138:6). God is near and far. This riddle won’t baffle God’s people, but God will abandon those who reject Jesus.
What Happens To The “Old”?
The “old” refers to everything about ourselves that is fading away, dead, or unfinished. The pea under the mattress, the stone in the shoe, and the ringing in the ears are all manifestations of this phenomenon.
By “putting on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness,” we cast off the filth of the old man (Ephesians 4:24).
This corrupted flesh of ours will eventually disintegrate, exposing the true and holy beings God had envisioned for us before we fell into sin. Leaving our old selves, we will be at rest with the Lord.
2 Bible Verses To Reflect On All Things New
It is helpful to think about the newness that each new day, week, month, or season brings when we are emerging from frustrating things. Soak up the freshness of today by meditating on God’s Word.
1. Isaiah 43:19
“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
2. Revelation 21:5
“And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also, he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’”
Now that a new identity has begun, we’re resolving to put our faith in God’s ability to alter the world. He brings back the past, gives people new names, and births new creatures. Every day, he showers his people with God’s mercies. He has good intentions for his people, and those intentions include a hopeful future (Jeremiah 29:11).
Our hope is that we put our faith in God’s ability to bring good out of the new year than viewing it as a challenge to be overcome or a scary prospect to be avoided.