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New City Catechism - Question 52
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Posted by Taryl Jasper, Cornerstone elder


New City Catechism - Question 52


Q52: What hope does everlasting life hold for us?

A: It reminds us that this present fallen world is not all there is; soon we will live with and enjoy God forever in the new city, in the new heaven and the new earth, where we will be fully and forever freed from all sin and will inhabit renewed, resurrection bodies in a renewed, restored creation.

KIDS’ ANSWER: That we will live with and enjoy God forever in the new heaven and the new earth, where we will be forever freed from all sin in a renewed, restored creation.



Revelation 21:4

"He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”



Leviticus 26:11-12; Isaiah 65:17-19, 66:22; Hosea 13:14; John 1:14; 2 Peter 3:13; Hebrews 11:10, 13:14; 1 John 2:17



A skeptical world mocks the idea of a good and just God. They point to the hurt and pain and depravity in this world and challenge the Christian notion that there is a purpose to it all. To be frank, even Christians may struggle with understanding the wisdom and goodness of God in light of the sorrow and wickedness of this world. We know the world hurts. We know we hurt. We know we hurt others. We know this whole thing is in a downward spiral of decay and degradation. One of the purposes of the God through the gospel is to release our grasp on this world and to cling to the glorious promise of the world to come. Christians are to be sober and honest about this world and joyful and full of hope for the future new world where Christ and righteousness reign.


The Christian story is not one of self-sufficiency or self-aggrandizement. We do not carry a message of human achievement or human ascent into the heavenlies. Rather we have a gospel that tells us that while we were frail and fallen, God descended and took on human form. This God was willing to suffer in this world and die on a cross. But He did not stay dead. The incarnate son was given a new risen and glorified human life. He has now taken that life into the Holy of Holies, into the very presence of God so that one day we too will be there with Him. His descent into this broken world comes before our ascent into His new world.


This is the glorious ascent that we look to. It is a holistic picture. It is a vision of cleansing of our conscience and removal of guilt. It is a vision of the resurrection of the body into one that is everlasting and free from disease and decay. It is a vision of restored relationships that exist in peace and harmony. It is a vision of the creation renewed and harmonious rather than dangerous, destructive, and in decay. This is the vision that scripture describes in Revelation 21. God says "Behold, I am making all things new."


Christians do not carry the message of a surreal, mystical, disembodied existence for all of eternity. God delights in humans. He delights in His creatures. To be glorified and transformed does not mean that we become something other than we are. It means that we are made again rightly human, in the image of God. We are conformed to His image that we find in Jesus Christ, as Romans 8 tells us. The new heavens and new earth are a place that God creates for humans to share in fellowship with Him. It is a place for us to be truly human and to interact with others and to be in perfect fellowship with God.


This is the remarkable truth of the gospel. The God who has life in Himself will share that life with us. Jesus will inherit all and will share that glorious inheritance with us. What is His by nature will be shared with us by His grace. Behold, He is making all things new.




We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment. (Jn. 5:25-29; Mt. 25:46; Rev. 20:11-15)




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