The Earth Is Going To Be Dissolved
"Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will endure; yes, they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak you will change them, and they will be changed." Psalm 102:25-26 Everything in this world is going to be dissolved. Everything – the great works of art – the great cathedrals – everything. We are told this several times in God's Word: We're told in the Old Testament: "For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered or come to mind." Isaiah 65:17 And in the New Testament: "Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away." Revelation 21:1 Nothing of this world is going to remain, the world and its treasures are all going to be dissolved. The first time, the earth was flooded by water in the days of Noah. The next time it will be by fire. It's easy to imagine now, because nuclear bombs in the possession of evil men could alone bring this about today. Whether this is the way it's going to come to an end, or whether the Lord himself is going to bring it to an end, the bottom line is that nothing from this world is going to last. "...the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same Word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men." 2 Peter 3:7 There are great works of art worth hundreds of thousands of dollars; great sculptures, great books by great men, great monuments and cathedrals, the great wonders of the world - it's all going to be dissolved. Therefore, if it's all going to be dissolved, of what worth is it? God places no value on great works of art. He's not impressed with their value being reckoned in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. It's all going to come to an end. vs 11-12: "Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation and Godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?" All will vanish -- except God: "But you are the same, and your years will have no end." Psalm 102:27 Therefore, let us not be fools in putting value on things that have no real value. Let us instead seek the Lord, because he is forever and those who belong to him are forever. When the earth is dissolved, the things of the earth will be no more, in fact the Scripture above says the former things won't even be remembered. But the end of the earth as we know it is not the end of existence. God is going to create a new earth "wherein righteousness dwells." To this we aspire, to live forever in a world of peace and joy. How important is it then, to seek things that will have value in the world to come? "Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein righteousness dwells." 2 Peter 3:13 So, one might ask, what today will have value in the world to come? Only one's relationship, or lack thereof, with Almighty God. And it has to start with being born into the Kingdom of God. Jesus said one MUST be born again in order to enter the Kingdom of God. We are all born in a fallen human nature, at enmity with God. That's why we MUST be born again. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You MUST be born again.’" Luke 3:6-7 It's not a suggestion, it's a must! When one is born again, he enters into a whole new life. Jesus has taken the penalty, the judgment on the man's sins, and now the man belongs to him. He embarks on a life totally different from the life he lived before, and it's a walk of faith as well as a grand adventure. All his growth in the Lord and the fruits from the works God leads him to do, all will accrue treasure in heaven. What could possibly be more important then, than finding out how to enter, and then how to walk with him? What could be more important than one's relationship with Jesus Christ, our Creator? What could be more important than leading others to Christ, that they too might have eternal life? There is NOTHING more important. All else is going to pass away. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21 Where is your treasure? Turn away from what has no value. Find out what will last forever. Just one life, 'twill soon be past. Just what's done for Christ will last.