What does the new creation have to do with helping the poor?

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Does the promise of the new creation have anything to do with helping the poor—and if so, what?

I’m addressing this subject over at The Gospel Project blog as part of the “The New Creation and the Christian Life” series. Here’s a preview:

The book of Revelation leaves us with an amazing picture. Through his vision’s powerful imagery and symbolism, the apostle John gave us a glimpse of what is to come when the Lord returns: tribulation and vindication, judgment, and the restoration and renewal of creation:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea no longer existed. I also saw the Holy City, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband.

Then I heard a loud voice from the throne:

Look! God’s dwelling is with humanity,
and He will live with them.
They will be His people,
and God Himself will be with them
and be their God.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Death will no longer exist;
grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer,
because the previous things have passed away. (Revelation 21:1-4)

This is the hope every Christian looks to as we live each day of our lives. It is the sure promise that a day is coming when all that is wrong with the world will be made right. God will dwell with humanity in the renewed creation. Our broken relationship with God, our devastated relationships with one another, our ruined relationship with the world—all will be finally and fully restored on that day. There will be no more death, no mourning or crying and no pain. All these will have passed away and Jesus himself “will wipe away every tear from [our] eyes.”

This is the hope that Christians have long been encouraged to look toward, long for, and keep our eyes fixed upon. And with good reason: without this hope, we have little to offer the world, particularly those who suffer in poverty.

Continue reading at The Gospel Project.

Posted by Aaron Armstrong

Aaron is the author of several books for adults and children, as well as multiple documentaries and Bible studies. His latest book, I'm a Christian—Now What?: A Guide to Your New Life with Christ is available now.