Episode 54 Show Notes
Can Doubting Salvation Help Motivate Holiness?
From the Show
Will the new heavens and new earth be physical and material or spiritual?
God is not going to throw this world away and start with a new one. Instead, Scripture tells us that he has already objectively redeemed the world in Christ and will completely purge it of evil when Christ returns…There's a huge gulf between the Greek worldview and the Christian message. Greek philosophy taught that the body is the prison house of the soul. It's the soul, the innermost part of the person, that's a spark of divinity. Death actually was seen as a blessing; you finally get rid of your body which drags you down and get to fly away into the realm of immaterial bliss. That picture, bouncing on clouds, playing harps and everything, that comes from this Greek worldview, but it's so different from the biblical story. God created the world good and that includes the whole material world. Our soul is not divine. Let me repeat that, our soul is not the divine part of us, the inner spark of divinity, and the goal isn't to be free of our body. Rather, the goal is the resurrection of the body when Christ returns.
The prophets foresaw the day when the whole creation, in fact, would be redeemed from the curse of sin and death. Not only will our souls be reunited with our bodies forever in a redeemed condition, but we ourselves will be united with a whole creation forever. Isaiah 25:6 describes this new creation saying, "On this very mountain, the Lord of hosts will remove the death shroud that covers the earth," so he'll take creation out of its coffin, I love that picture, "On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined." I mean, how many times can you emphasize the earthiness of this? — Michael Horton
Questions in this Episode
1. What does the Bible mean in Revelation 12:11: “And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death”?
2. Can doubting our salvation motivate us to holiness?
3. What should I do if I know someone who feels like they are experiencing demonic attack?
4. Will the new heavens and new earth be physical and material or spiritual?
5. If the law of the New Covenant has been written on our hearts, does this mean that we will have victory over our sin?
6. What does it mean to be "adopted sons of God"?
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