Gospel-Centered Relationships: New Creation Living
New Creation Living
Finally, these gospel-centered relationships should reflect and point forward to the truth that Jesus is coming again. And He will not come empty handed. He will come with a sword and completely defeat sin and death. He will come as King. Upon his coming, he will also bring with him a new city, the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21). In the New Heavens and New Earth, there will be no more sin and death and our relationships will be perfect. In a way, they will again be like the Garden of Eden was before sin entered the world. Indeed, it will be even better because Jesus will be the center of it all and all of God’s purposes will be accomplished (Revelation 21:21-27; 1 Corinthians 15:24).
Our gospel-centered relationships must reflect this truth. We were once broken and sinful and in need of a Savior (the Fall). Christ has redeemed us by his blood (Redemption). This points us toward how we should now live (New Creation). This is “new creation living.” Our relationships should reflect the way relationships will be in the New Heavens and New Earth.
We should spur each other on to be more like Jesus. True communal repentance and a hatred for sin will be displayed in our relationships. The day Christ returns, there will be no more need for repentance. Sin will be defeated. Relationships will be restored. All will be perfect, once again.
Until then, I pray that Missio Dei Church will continue to paint a picture of what the New Heavens and New Earth will be like. May our relationships be Gospel-Centered, and may we begin to develop authentic communities that reflect a proper understanding of what it will be like—when all the ransomed church of God be saved to sin no more.