New Heavens and New Earth – Isaiah 65

Read the Passage: Isaiah 65

Superficial Worship (65:1–7)

In the final nine chapters of this book (cf. Isa. 58–66), Isaiah confronts the false religion of some within Israel, exhorts the nation to repent, and describes the future blessings of God’s people. Continue reading New Heavens and New Earth – Isaiah 65

Work of the Spirit – Romans 8

Read the Passage: Romans 8

Flesh and Spirit (8:1–11)

Recall in Romans 7 Paul had taught that believers are “dead to the law through the body of Christ” (Rom. 7:4). Since the law no longer has judicial power over Christians, Paul now writes, “There is therefore now no condemnation to whose who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1). Note that Paul had only referred to the Holy Spirit four times in Romans 1–7; yet, the Spirit is mentioned twenty-two times in Romans 8 alone. Paul’s teaching in this chapter is that just as it is the Holy Spirit who justifies, so it is the Holy Spirit who sanctifies. Observe that Paul refers to the flesh nine times in Romans 8, included once in every verse between Rom. 8:3–9. Continue reading Work of the Spirit – Romans 8

New Heavens and Earth – Revelation 21–22

Read the Passage: Revelation 21-22

Reminder: The book of Revelation is structured around seven parallel sections, each describing the time between Jesus’ first and second comings. These sections can be delineated into chapters 1–3, 4–7, 8–11, 12–14, 15–16, 17–19, and 20–22. Continue reading New Heavens and Earth – Revelation 21–22

Victory of Jesus – Revelation 19

Read the Passage: Revelation 19

Marriage of the Bride (19:1–10)

Rev. 19:1–10 details rejoicing in heaven over God’s final judgment of sin in the world, specifically the enactment of God’s justice. This judgment was mentioned in Rev. 18:20–24 and is detailed in Rev. 19. As this chapter begins a great multitude in heaven cry out, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God (Rev. 19:1). Continue reading Victory of Jesus – Revelation 19