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A New Heaven and a New Earth

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A Sermon on Revelation 21:1

The New Heaven and the New Earth

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. (ESV)

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The idea of Christian hope is criticized by the world as a mere “fantasy.” It seems foolish to many because of the proliferation of wars, chaos, and political tension across the globe. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones teaches us in this sermon on Revelation 21:1 that hope is a main characteristic of the Gospel itself and is the message of the Bible. Hope is an anchor for our souls in the midst of chaos, not a reason for cynicism and disbelief. It is both optimistic and pessimistic at the same time. It is pessimistic as it reveals to us the truth of our human condition. In stark and realistic terms, the Bible gives us the diagnosis of the human heart as sinful and separated from God. This condition is true of every leader in the world. This is true but this is not where we, the believers, are left! The Bible gives us an explanation for our condition and also gives the hope of a new heaven and new earth where sorrow and sin are no more. Dr. Lloyd-Jones encourages our hearts in this sermon with the reminder that the Gospel is immediately pessimistic but ultimately, and gloriously, optimistic. We are reminded to set our eyes on the things of heaven as we await the new heaven and new earth.

Additional Scripture Translations

Revelation 21:1, New American Standard Bible

The New Heaven and Earth

1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.

Revelation 21:1, King James Version

1And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.