On the New Earth, Christian artists shall thus be able to view even their own paintings (painted while still on this present Earth) — and Christian farmers shall sit under their own vines andfig-trees(Micah 4:4cf.Revelation 2:17). Christianarchitects shallbe abletosurvey(though perhaps on a smaller scale) their own buildings constructed during this present life — after such have been cleansed from all their present imperfections. For "their works follow them." And thenceforth, untoalleternity,monthaftermonthsaved humans shallcontinuetoemploytheirold cultural talents anew, while also developingnewskills and talents –to thegloryof the Lord, and to the enjoyment of all of God's people.
Glorified man shall also constantlyincrease in glory– as he keeps producing new cultural products on the New Earth forever. Those resurrected unto glory, shall first correspond to the humanity of onlythe resurrected Christ. But just as the resurrected Christ was more glorified at His later ascension and still more so at His yet later heavenly session and is thereafter now still expanding His rule in glory down through the Christian centuries — so too shall future-glorified man also progressively increase from glory unto [yet greater] glory — in his glorious expansion of his rule-together-with-Christ down through all the never-ending subsequent "centuries" also ontheNewEarth. Genesis1:26-28&9:1-7;Psalm8:1-9;Isaiahchs. 65 to 66;John 14:1-2;First Corinthians 15:42-52; Second Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 6:7-8; First Thessalonians 4:15-17; Hebrews 2:6-15 & 11:8-10 & 13:20-21; Philippians 3:20-21; and Revelation 21:1 to 22:14.
Forat that time and foreverthereafter,glorifiedmanwillnotonlypartake ofthefruit ofthe tree oflife everymonth, but hewill also rule with the Lord and serveforever. Revelation 22:1-5 and Psalm 36:7-10. Clearly, thereis no stagnation in glory. Neithershould God's children ever stagnate even here and now on this present Earth!
Realizing all this, then — the many varieties of daily work now being performed here on Earth to the glory of God by Christians should become more meaningful to them each day. Because their permanent value will be preserved and enjoyed on the New Earth forever; and because they are the basis of yet further works they shall commence doing at that future time. Luke 11:2-3; First Corinthians 2:9-10; Second Corinthians 3:18; and Revelation 22:4-5.
These,then, are my expectations–in life, and in death. I have staked my life both here and after death, on these expectations. Dear reader, what are yours?
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