The New Heavens and Earth (Isaiah 65)

Date: 11/13/2016
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Type: Sunday Sermon
Topic: Eschatology
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 The New Heavens and Earth (Is. 65)
The new creation language of Is. 65 is taken in different ways by different schools of eschatology . . .  Isaiah 65 begins with a new covenant thematic statement: “I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me; I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me . . . to a nation that was not called by my name” (Is 65:1). . . “Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth” is seven words in Hebrew, suggesting a seven-day New Creation Week. “These two chapters [Is. 65 & 66] manifestly relate to the calling of the Gentiles, the establishment of the Christian dispensation, and the reprobation of the apostate Jews, and their destruction executed by the Romans” (Bishop Robert Lowth, cited in Clarke). There are at least three reasons to understand Isaiah 65 to refer to the current Messianic age (in which Jesus is at the right hand of the Father and rules over all in the Church): 1) Poetry: This passage is poetic and imaginative; therefore, it is not to be taken as a “literalistic” description of the future. 2) Paul: The apostle Paul cited the verses prior to this in Romans 10-11, indicating their application to the first century Jewish apostasy and growth of the Gentile Church. Moreover, in two other places he cited “new creation” as a current reality in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17, Gal. 6:15). 3) Preaching: The apostles preached new creation came in the Resurrection of Jesus: the apostles were “proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead” (Acts 4:2).

Gregg Strawbridge Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more