The Apostle John was not the first to speak of a “new heavens and a new earth” (Rev. 21:1). Isaiah spoke first of the new creation. John took up Isaiah’s theme, as later prophets often did with the word of earlier prophets before them, and shed further light.
The creation of a new heavens and new earth was initiated by the resurrection of Christ. His heavenly reign brought a new order into effect. Sin’s shackles were broken, death’s reign crushed. Isaiah describes the new creation as the undoing of sin’s curse. Look again at the passage and compare it with the curse of Genesis 3. Jesus undid the curse, so it can now be said, “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Cor. 5:17).
But not all is finished. We understand that “new things have come,” but we do so by faith. We do not yet see the final reality. We believe that it exists, but it has not yet been uncovered. We wait and all creation “waits eagerly” (Rom. 8:19) with us. The new creation which Isaiah saw, and John saw better, is a work in progress. The first creation was done from the outside in; God made the world, then made man.
The new creation is taking place from the inside out. God is making the people first, starting with their hearts. After that, He’ll give them a new body, and finally a new home. The first creation was the work of six days. The new creation takes much longer—if it’s to be done right. In fact, it took the first creation to make the second. I can’t wait to see the finished product. Can you?