They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment

  Hebrews 1:11  (KJV)

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Thoughts on Today’s Verse

The foundation of the earth was laid by the eternal Son of God and the heavens are the work of His hand. The One Who fashioned furniture in the humble carpenter’s shop was the eternally existent One, Who flung stars into space – and Who formed, fashioned and filled the empty void with a carpet of living plants, fruit, flowers and trees – and then God made man in His own image.

Christ is our Creator God and these are the works of His hands and yet we are told that they shall perish and wear old – just like an old garment needs to be discarded. The first creation is transient. This first heaven and earth will one day be destroyed by fire.

Peter tells us that the heavens will one day pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire. The earth and everything on it will be found to be deserving of judgment, for the old creation has been tainted with sin and God will make all things new.

The transient nature of God’s creation stands in stark contrast with the self-existence of Deity and the eternality of Christ Jesus our Saviour. The earth and the heavens will one day perish – they will pass away, but the Word of God endures forever and ever.

In God’s redemptive plan for mankind, the old creation will not be preserved. It will “wax old” and perish and be rolled up like a blanket and exchanged for a new heavens and a new earth – for God will make all things new.

As Christians we are already part of that new creation, “in Christ”. We have moved from death to life.. from condemnation to acceptance in the beloved Son of God. It was God’s grace that sent Christ into the world to be the acceptable sacrifice for your sin and mine. And we became part of that new creation in Him the moment we believe in the only begotten Son of God.. for by His death He gave us life – new-life – His resurrected life – His eternal life.

The first heaven and first earth will one day grow old and wear out like a garment but Christ Jesus.. the eternal, living Word of God will remain for forever and ever – and we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. We are one with Him and He is united with us… and we have been made a new creation in Christ – and by His grace we too will behold a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth will pass away.

And in the ages that are to come… by grace through faith in Christ sacrifice at Calvary we, who are His children, will show forth the immeasurable riches of God’s grace in kindness toward us – in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, how I praise and thank You for Your plan of redemption. Help me to hold lightly to the things of this world and to watch for that wonderful day when Christ will return to take us to be with Himself. Thank You that I am a part of the new creation, in Christ. May I live and move and have my being in Him.. to Your praise and glory all the days of my life – in Jesus name I pray, AMEN

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