“No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him” (Revelation 22:3).
At Easter season, we celebrate Christ’s resurrection from the dead, which clears the way for our own resurrection at the last day. But resurrection is only part of the victory. In order for the child of God to experience complete and final victory, we await three things:
1) Complete removal of sin in our lives.
Christians faces certain struggle in this life. Because we were given a new nature at salvation (2 Corinthians 5:17; 2 Peter 1:4), we have holy desires. But these desires are not perfect; far from it. We still struggle with the old person we used to be. We need constant cleansing in this life (John 13:10; 1 John 1:9) and a watchful eye, lest sin overtake us (1 Corinthians 16:13). But one day God will remove all traces of sin from our life. We shall be like Jesus, for we shall see Him as He is (1 John 3:2).
2) Complete health and removal of death.
God promises the Christian a future body devoid of the weaknesses and illnesses that plague us here below (Philippians 3:21). At the resurrection, God will infuse supernatural strength into this body, enabling it to last for eternity without any weaknesses at all.
Presently, our body reminds us of the consequences of sin, beginning with Adam. We grow old, cannot do things we did in our youth, and struggle with other effects of living in a decaying body. Recently I saw a picture of a friend I went to school with. Back then he was young and in good health. Not so much now. He had changed, and if he were to see me today, he would say the same. We are all growing old, but one day God will remove that curse.
3) Restoration of the curse on the world.
Some think God will one day make the earth and heavens brand new, while others opt for a renewed earth and heavens. Either way, God will make all things new and provide for us a perfect physical environment to live in (2 Peter 3:10-11; Revelation 21:1). Following Adam’s sin, God cursed the earth with a bitter curse, and now we make our living dealing with all sorts of stresses and hardships. But in that day, God will banish the curse from the universe and nature will once again dwell harmoniously with man.
We should earnestly long for these blessings, and demonstrate it by living a holy life that is pleasing to God (1 John 3:3). When we grow discouraged with the struggles of life, we need to remember that God will one day, perhaps, soon, remove things that hinder our complete joy and happiness. Our greatest joy will be God Himself, and the very thought of living with Him forever. Let us comfort one another with this hope.
Posted on Fri, April 3, 2015
by Sam Petitfils