C.A.C SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON For December 15, 2019 UNIT III: THE SCRIPTURES WILL BE FULFILLED : TOPIC – EVERYTHING SHALL BE RENEWED
C.A.C SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON.
That the Scriptures Must be Fulfilled.
UNIT III: THE SCRIPTURES WILL BE FULFILLED.
DATE: 15th, 2019.
EVERYTHING SHALL BE RENEWED
The prospect of the New Heaven and New Earth should prompt us towards uncompromising holy living in expectation of the Lord’s coming.
For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind
For those who doubt the creation and existence of the earth by the supreme God, here is another support for the existence (cf. Gen. 1:1; Ps. 24:1; 102:25). Our memory Scripture is God’s message to His own people by the mouth of Prophet Isaiah. This was the time of Israel’s suffering in the hands of heaven nations and their kings.
God’s promise to His people is in two parts: One, that the people of Judah would be resettled in their Jerusalem city, as they would return from exile. This is a reference to the militant Church. Secondly and ultimately, the triumphant church will settle in new happy and peaceful earth where old things would pass away (2 Cor. 5:17). God’s assurance to His people is that, no matter what they suffer in the hands of Satan and his agents, because of their sins though, will not continue forever. Both the heaven where Satan formally lived with God in glory and the earth where he currently rules his own, will be recreated, renewed and refreshed.
The first part of this prophecy has been fulfilled by Israel’s resettlement in Jerusalem, after the exile. However, await the ultimate newness of all things: the heaven and the earth are made of. Believers who must keep their hope alive as we await this new experience in, and with God.
DEVOTIONAL BIBLE READINGS FOR WEEK ONE
Mon. 9: God shall make All Things New (Isa. 66:22)
Tue. 10: God Humiliates Satan at Armageddon (Rev. 16:16; 19:11-21)
Wed. 11: God-Magog War — Satan is Banished (Rev. 20:7-15)
Thur. 12: Glorious, The New Jerusalem would Be (Rev. 21:9-21)
Fri. 13: God is the Temple Therein (Rev. 21:22-27)
Sat. 14: God’s Throne Yields Life-Giving River (Rev. 22:1-5)
1. God has promised to make all things new. The newness comes soonest. He who misses it would weep forever. Beware!
2. Whatever we may experience here and now, in this bastardised world, will give way to a blissful world of righteousness, which is only for the righteous. If some people will not be there, it shouldn’t be You.
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURES: Psalm 102:25,26; Isaiah 34:4; 2 Peter 3:23
AIM AND OBJECTIVES
AIM: To assist the learners discover from the Bible that heaven and earth will be renowned, so that they prepare to have the character of the new occupants.
OBJECTIVES: It is expected that at the end of this lesson, the learners should be:
i. able to discuss what the new heaven and the earth is all about;
ii. able to explain how beautiful the new heaven and the new earth would be;
iii. able to defend the qualifications to partake of this anticipated newness; and
iv. showing more commitment to patiently waiting for the glorious appearance of Jesus Christ.
TEXTUAL SOURCE: REVELATION 21:1-27
All glory to God who has graciously taken us through this series of Sunday School. Eleven solid, informative, life-changing lessons we have gone through, so far, by His grace. All of these have bordered on what the Scriptures are, from God’s perspective; how much of them have been fulfilled, and those we should be expecting the fulfillment, soonest.
The eleventh lesson, THE APPEARING OF THE LION OF JUDAH, is God’s deliberate way of affirming the fact that Jesus is coming back again, after His earlier advent, when He came like a shepherd looking for, and tending the lost sheep (Matt. 2:6). He would return as the Lion of Judah, furiously (but focused) destroying the devil, his works and his followers (Rev. 19:11-16). We saw that the rapture would be the first things to happen. May we not have any course to regret when the Lion of the tribe of Judah returns. Amen.
Like the previous lesson, the 12th lesson in this series is for just a week. It winds up this series. After all said and done about those great things (events) that we await the fulfillment of, in these end times, God is bringing all things to newness. This blissful newness that man lost in Eden would be ultimately restored to the shame of the devil. This has been God’s ultimate goal.
The lessons under discussion is EVERYTHING SHALL BE RENEWED. The ‘shall’ here carries an aura of certainty we are sure from the Scriptures. God said it and it cannot be revoked. This therefore calls for a better understanding so that we pursue worldly gains less and focus more on the things of heaven from where Christ would appear to renew all things.
Revelation 21 would help us to grasp this eternal truth. May the eyes of our understanding be truly and deeply opened to get all that Christ intends for us, in Jesus’ name. Amen. MARANATHA!
INTRODUCTION TO EACH DIVISION
This lesson is a one-week lesson, and is divided in two parts, A and B.
DIVISION I: EVERYTHING SHALL BE RENEWED
This lesson is the last in this series and one of the two one-week lessons. It reveals the inevitability of the stoppage of this present earth and heaven, and the unstoppable replacement with a God-glorifying, blissful heaven and earth, where all things would become new. However, not everybody would be able to get there. Only those who meet Christ’s expectation would be part of the new Kingdom of God, hence the reference to the qualification for admission into the Kingdom.
I. EVERYTHING SHALL BE RENEWED
A. THE BEAUTY OF THE NEWNESS
B. THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE ADMISSION
I. EVERYTHING SHALL BE RENEWED (Revelation 21:1-27)
‘Everything’ indicates all that exists, whether important or not, both humans, environment, structures, government, condition, all the pains and colds, etc. will take a new shape and forum. Old things shall surely give way for the better and more glorious ones. This corrupted earth will melt away for a new City.
A. THE BEAUTY OF THE NEWNESS (v. 1,2,9-27)
Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband (v. 2).
i. v. 1a: New carries the idea of freshness, in fulfillment of Isa. 65:17; 66:22; 2 Pet. 3:13). We are waiting for a revived, different, glorious, improved, more advanced form of this present heaven and earth.
ii. v. 1b: This present heaven and earth would have truly passed away by the time the new heaven and earth would come down from. God. Why?
iii. New also refers to replacing something of the same kind that already exists with a better one. The present heaven and earth have become contaminated. In fact, Satan sinned in heaven (Isa 14:12ff, hence the need for change to align with God’s eternal holiness.
iv. How? (cf. 20:11-15). They would have been consumed in the great white throne judgment. Hence, don’t befriend the world (1 Jn. 2:15,16) so as not to perish with the world (Jas. 4:4-6).
v. v. 2: This newness is coming down from God because every good and perfect gift is from above (from God). What do you think would become of him who chooses not to align with this God when the end comes? (Heb. 2:3)
iv. vv. 9-27: The glory of this anticipated eternal newness is beyond expectation. Attempt to discuss this glory from these verses.
vii. The glory of God illuminates this new City, where Jesus will be the temple, light and security. Note that nothing defiled will enter there. So, save yourself from this untoward generation (Acts 2:40).
B. THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION (vv. 3-8)
He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son (v. 7).
i. Every institution has its qualifications for admission of students. He who doesn’t meet up can’t be part of the institution. Same with New heaven and earth.
ii. v. 3: Jesus came to tabernacle with us here, years ago (Jn. 1:14). Ezk. 37:27,28 promised God coming to tabernacle with us more specially.
iii. The new heavens and earth would bring the holy tabernacle of God amidst men. God would dwell amidst us, and this would bring an end to all forms of sorrow (v. 4), because He would have made all things new, ultimately (vv. 5,6).
iv. v. 7a: What sort of men shall the holy God tabernacle with eternally? (cf. v. 3). Of course, the sanctified and holy (Heb. 12:14; 1 Pet. 1:15-21). They are those who have cooperated to overcome Satan, sin, self and the world. They would inherit all things (cf. 2:7,11,26-28; 3:5,12,21).
v. v. 7b: They would be eternally privileged to be God’s sons (people privileged to be God’s rightful heir) forever.
vi. v. 8: Because of the holy nature of the City, no unclean thing would be accommodated, they shall all have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone. May we not be part of this hellish situation. Amen. Uncompromising holiness is the way out.
vii. All Scriptures must be fulfilled. Few days to God’s visit to Sodom, it was destroyed. The present systems of this things here will soon be changed. Just as the angels hastened Lot and his family out of Sodom, His Word is urging you to come out of every form of worldliness. Be fast! (Gen. 29:16; Gal. 5:18-21).
1. What a glorious hope! God shall make all things new in accordance with His eternal purpose.
2. Only those who align with His holy standard would be part of the glorious newness. QUESTIONS
1. When God promised that He would make all things new, ultimately, what should we be expecting?
2. How does the expectation of the new heaven and earth raise hope in us?
SUGGESTED ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS
ANSWER TO QUESTION 1:
i. The Scriptures Must be fulfilled. God is not a liar; He will fulfill His words (Num. 23:19; 1 Sam. 15:29; Psa. 69:35).
ii. It is expected that we don’t invest heavily in this present earth, since it would be consumed (Mat. 6:20,21). More investment on Heavenly projects.
iii. Believers are to lay up treasures in heaven, where no moth can destroy them.
iv. Since the coming of the Lord is imminent, He needs a radical positive change in our behaviours (Isa. 1:18; Rev. 7:14).
v. This calls us to wash our filthy garments and make them white as snow.
vi. We must continue to hope for this newness, no matter how long it tarries (2 Pet. 3:9).
vii. We ought to endure all suffering and stand always for Christ, without which we may not enter His kingdom (1 Kgs. 15:20; 1 Pet. 4:3-4).
ANSWER TO QUESTION 2:
i. If our hope is limited to this world, we are the most miserable (1 Cor. 15:19!)!
ii. Therefore is so much to cry and suffer for here, no matter how blessed one is.
iii. There are sorrow, hunger, want, etc. that take away people’s joy at one point or the other. Here, we are oppressed by Satan, self, and flesh.
iv. In the New heaven and earth, the Lord will wipe away all tears (Rev. 21:4). The devil will be made powerless eternally.
v. Just as the joy of having a new home, cars, etc. fill ones heart, much more is our joy that day, we will get a brand new home.
vi. All our labours are left here once we die. We will live there with our rewards, eternally (2 Cor. 3:8; 2 Cor. 5:10).
What a happy glorious experience for a man who once lived in a rented apartment Ina slum, with his family, facing limitation and oppression from the landlord, to be announced the winner of a home in one of the choice city. His family will be finally freed from the filth and bad odour from around. The news of their leaving the slum to a new environment is enough as they are hopeful that soon, “our level will change.” So is God’s magnanimity to make all things new for believers in Christ. Very soon, the portion of the Scripture that speaks of our entering into our permanent residence will be fulfilled new home means new wardrobe, new look, and new character, suitable for the environment. Believers must put on the character of the new heaven and earth, to be able to enter there. How much good do you enjoy here. Struggle at all cost to make it to the new Jerusalem coming from heaven. May we not be left behind, on that Day, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
We have come to the end of this series, by God’s grace. This is the last but not the least lesson in this series. It furnished us with what we are to be expecting in the New heaven and earth, where believers will dwell eternally with God in a state of bliss. May the Holy Spirit quicken our mortal bodies and make us worthy and ready to enter our eternal home Amen.