ALL THINGS NEW
A sermon preached by David G. Crowter at Colnbrook shortly before his death on January
“And he that sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Revelation 21.5.
God speaks. It is His voice that is heard from the throne, for He alone has the authority to occupy it, and He condescended to speak in the language that John could understand, in human language. We may be sure that it is He who speaks, because He alone could possibly make such a claim – to make all things new. When God speaks, surely, it is for us to hear, and not only to hear but to hearken, to pay heed to those things which God so graciously speaks.
He says, “Behold.” It is amazing how many times this word, and the similar word, “Lo,” is found in Scripture. Again and again we find it, especially concerning the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Father says, “Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth”. “Behold my Son”. And again, “Behold your God”. As John the Baptist also said,
“Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” We read in verse 3,
“Behold, the taberNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.cle of God,” (that is, the .Lord Jesus Christ), “is with men, and he will dwell among them.” Twice, in the last chapter, Jesus Himself says, “Behold, I come quickly.” When God says, “Behold,” we need to give special attention.
Why are there so many of these occurrences of this word in scripture? Surely, there are at least two good reasons. One is that these things are especially important for us to consider, to regard, to pay heed to. God has singled them out in these ways. Also sadly, it is because we ourselves are so slow to do this. One might think that a word like this would make all of us to listen very carefully when God Himself says, ‘I make all things new.” Yet, you know how it is – many do not consider these things at all. We are all too slow to do so; we need our attention called and drawn to these statements of glorious truth.
What an embracing statement this is! God says, “Behold, I make all things new.” How desirable it is. How we need God to do this for us and for all His people; to make what has been so ruined by the fall all new again. We know that when God makes anything, it is absolutely perfect. It is quite certain that what He makes new will be exactly right and perfectly holy; it could not possibly be anything else. Concerning the first creation we read in Genesis 1.31, “And God saw everything that he dad made and, behold, it was very good.” Surely, that is equally, if not more so, true of His new creation that He will make.
All things new! What a prospect this is! Then He says, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” There can be no question at all that God Himself is going to do this. We may say that He is already doing it, and He will complete it. What a prospect this is before the people of God, a prospect to keep
before their eyes. “Behold,” God says from His throne of sovereign power and lordship,
“Behold, I make all things new”. This is God’s glorious purpose expressed and revealed. He says this to His servant John to convey to His Church through the ages, and it comes right down to us, “Behold, I make all things new”.
First, we must say, that a new birth is essential to understand this at all. What this means, and what it indicates, and what it leads to, will not be anything to us unless we are born of the Spirit, born again. No doubt, Nicodemus thought he only needed some minor adjustment to his rules of faith and practice, so that everything could be all right with him. Jesus went right to the heart of the matter straight away, and said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” He cannot see it! “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” These really mean nothing to him; by Not currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.ture, we are completely blind. Jesus said to him, “Marvel not that I said unto you, Ye must be born again.” It is those who are thus born again who do begin to understand what God means when He declares that He is going to make all things new again.
What a tremendous change this is, to be born again, to be newborn. There could be nothing more important, more essential, more wonderful, more transforming than this change. As the
Scripture represents it, it is being brought from pitch darkness to glorious light. It is passing from death unto life eterNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.l. It is being transported from the power of darkness, from the power of Satan, into the kingdom of God’s dear Son. What a wonderful thing it is to be born again by the sovereign energy and power of the Spirit of God. Often, it is not at first realised what a great change this really is. It may be gradual, it may be sudden, but the effect at first is rather alarming. As the hymn-writer expresses it, “the sinner trembles at his doom, when the Spirit of truth is come”, when these things begin to be made known. It may be quite a long time before it is realised what an important thing has taken place. God Himself has to make known this great change in His sovereign goodness and good pleasure. We may be sure that wherever it is so, wherever there is this new birth, there will be an interest in these new things.
We have, I trust, in the mercy of God, all been born again, and if that be so, then God is making all things new for us, and for all His people in His wonderful love, and mercy, and compassion. He says to His people in His Word through the Apostle, “All things are yours”, yes, all things! They are all going to be made new again for you, for you who are
His people. He is doing this for His people. It is because He has this great purpose of grace toward them, that He is making all things new. How amazing this is! For the sake of such utterly unworthy people, He is doing this, and going to do it, until it is all accomplished, and all things are new again, and all things are holy, and good, and perfect.
Itis for their benefit. We may say that nothing is too much for God to do for His people.
As the Apostle says in the Romans, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” He has done so much for us already; He will surely do everything else that we need Him to do. To be new-born is the entrance into this truth, it is the key to it, it is for those who are born of the
Spirit that this ‘making new again’ has already begun. As God says through the prophet
Ezekiel, “Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you.” Now, where that has been done, at least in some measure, this work has been commenced.
There is also here a new creation. The Apostle Peter refers to this as he wrote his second Epistle, in chapter 3. He says concerning the coming events in the earth, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” The old creation is to go, it is doomed, but then he says, “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” That was promised by God in the last two chapters of
Isaiah where He says, “Behold, I create a new heavens and a new earth.” John saw them in this vision and says, “I saw a new heaven, and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away, and there was no more sea.” Those were passing away, the world and all the works of man are to be burned up because sin has infected them all, it has ruined God’s first creation, and it is doomed to destruction by fire.
It is said that the space around the earth is full of space-age debris that has been sent up into orbit, but has served its purpose. There is so much up there now, yet all these things that man has produced are to be destroyed. How many there are in the earth and now even above the earth. Old things, these old things that sin has so ruined, are to go. The day will come when they shall be burned up as God’s Word so plainly declares. The first creation in its pristine glory must have been very beautiful. We know that even now, in the creation, there are many beautiful places, untouched by man, by sinful man. You go to the highlands of Scotland and you see the wonderful breathtaking beauty of the creation. Other parts of the world are really spoiled by man’s greed, and cruelty, and selfishness. Sin has marred this old creation and no superficial work will do to restore it. It has to be destroyed, so that God, from the ruins and the wreckage of the old creation, when it has all been consumed and burned with fire, will bring forth a new heaven and a new earth.
The Apostle Peter says, “We, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” Everything is holy there, because God has made it so. He will not allow it to be marred again by sin. Are we amongst those who, as we live out our lives, look for new heavens and a new earth? God is going to do this. He has promised,
He has declared that He will do it. He has promised, “Behold, I will make all things new”. That includes all things, all created things here below because they have been so marred by man’s sin and by the devil’s work; they are to be destroyed, and all will be made new again to the honour and glory of God, and for the good of His people. It is for them that this is said; it is declared to them; it is for their comfort and consolation. There will be a new creation, a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness, righteousness for ever.
We may say that there is a new coveNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.nt being worked out. God has been graciously pleased to give coveNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.nts to various people, to His dear people through the ages, especially coveNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.nts with Noah, and with Abraham, and with David. They were really all different aspects of the same everlasting coveNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.nt of grace. Sometimes we hear of the coveNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.nt of works because the coveNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.nt that God made with the people of Israel at Mount SiNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.i was a bilateral coveNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.nt. God gave His commandments to the people, and they said, “All that God has spoken, we will do.” No doubt they fully intended to do so, and thought they could, but before Moses had even come down from the mountain, they had broken several of those commandments. They had broken the coveNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.nt. That coveNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.nt depended on their obedience but, thank God, this coveNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.nt of His grace is unilateral – it is all on His side, He makes the coveNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.nt, and He says concerning this, as we have it in Jeremiah 31, and also in Hebrews 8 where the words are quoted. “Behold, the days come when I make a new coveNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.nt with the house of Israel”. This is an account of what He will do, what He will most surely do, what He has promised to do, and what we all so much need Him to do. He will do these things in the new coveNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.nt, “I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more”.
That new coveNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.nt is all in Jehovah’s ‘shalls’ and ‘wills’. It does not depend on His people doing anything, because they are incapable of doing anything profitably. He says He will do it all, and He will most surely do so, for that is what a coveNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.nt is for, to make people sure of .these things.
Then there is adoption into His family, bringing that assurance that He will be their
God, and they shall be His people. They shall know Him, and there is that full and fiNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.l forgiveness which He so graciously
bestows. How much better for us is the new coveNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.nt than the old. We could not keep that old coveNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.nt any more than the children of Israel could, but the new coveNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.nt is God’s work, it is His performing. His promise, and it is sealed with the blood of His own beloved Son.
That was a wonderful word of truth that the Saviour announced to His disciples just before He went to Gethsemane and to Calvary, when He instituted the Lord’s Supper, and said to them, “This cup is the new testament (or the new coveNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.nt, it is the same word) in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me”. His blood has sealed the coveNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.nt. We read of the blood of the everlasting coveNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.nt. It is the blood of Jesus that He has shed that, so to speak, sealed and certified this coveNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.nt of grace so that His people might be absolutely sure of their salvation. God says, “Behold, I make all things new”. This is a new coveNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.nt, a coveNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.nt of His grace, an everlasting coveNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.nt, a sure and certain guarantee of their salvation, of the salvation of all who trust in the precious blood of the precious Son of God.
We may say also, that here there is a new city, which is very plainly declared in this chapter. John saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. It was a wonderful sight, and then the angel, by taking him up a high mountain, again showed him this wonderful city which is also the bride of the Lamb. These two figures, of a city and a bride, are the symbols of the unity.
An ancient walled city like this city is an enclosure. There are certain people within, and those people belong to this city, and have fellowship together. There is that union there, and they have fellowship, not only with one another, but most of all with the Saviour who is there. It is a figure, a symbol of that union, communion and fellowship of the people of God with their Lord.
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The Lamb has a wife, a bride. He has purchased that bride with His own life’s blood, and
He is coming again to gather to Himself all His blood-bought people, and they will be for ever in this new city. What a wonderful revelation John had of this wonderful city! All the people of God will be there, He will make sure they are, not one will ever be missing. They will be gathered together in this city. So much might be said about it. The city prodigiously large. If we take these measurements as they were presented to John, this city would extend out into the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It would be something like 1500 miles long, and 1500 miles wide, and 1500 miles high. It would be immense, showing how many the people of God are. What a great company are to be gathered together. We may meet together as just a few of the Lord’s people whom He has graciously chosen and taught, but we are only a few of this great multitude that John saw earlier, whom no man can number, of all Not currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.tions and kindreds and tribes and tongues, gathered together by Him. This vast multitude!
Thiscity is enormous! The people of God are many! They are a great multitude whom no man can number, washed in the blood of the Lamb. The city is very rich, very precious. It is described in terms of those things which are most precious. This vast city is made of pure gold, and the walls are jasper, or diamond. The foundations are of all manner of precious stones, and the gates are pearls, huge pearls. Everything that is counted as most precious by man, is represented here showing how exceedingly precious the Church of God is in God’s view. How amazing this is, that those who are without any worthiness of their own, and full of unworthiness, should be described like this! They are so precious, beyond all estimation, in the sight of God. His love toward them is beyond all measure. What He has done for them already is so very great, and He will accomplish all this for their eterNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.l salvation and happiness.
This city is pure. It is emphasised that it is pure. Pure gold. There is a river of pure water of life in it. Everything about it is absolutely pure. The streets are as clear as crystal. There is an emphasis on the absolute purity of this place, and it must be so. It could never be pleasing to God unless it was pure and holy. God has said for the comfort and assurance of His dear people, “There shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomiNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.tion, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the
Lamb’s book of life”. All holy people, made holy, when they were once so unholy, made perfectly holy for this city. How good it is to know that. Never will there ever enter into it anything that will defile it. Sin will be gone for ever, and all the sadness and sorrow and grief and confusion that it brings. This city is pure.
It is permanent. Everything about it is like that. You can see that this building is not a temporary structure at all, not like the taberNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.cle of old, which was moved from place to place. It is evident that this city is built so largely, so compactly, that it will last for ever. It is God’s permanent building, His people will be there for evermore.
We may notice that this city is perfect. Absolutely perfect. We may be sure that the city which John saw, had no stone out of place. There was not one missing. It was a perfect cube.
These dimensions indicate the perfection of it. It must have been a wonderfully beautiful sight that John saw when this city was so depicted in this way. All the dimensions, everything, absolutely perfect. You know how, in the taberNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.cle of old, and in the temple which replaced it, there was a holy of holies, and it was a perfect cube like this city.
There is perfection here. God’s perfection expressed, when man’s imperfection and all his sinful ways are all done away with. God says, “I will make all things new”. All new again, all perfect and forever perfect.
One more thing about this city. This city is glorious. It was full of a shining light, and it was not the light of the sun, or the light of any candle. It was the light of God.
God Himself, by His presence. His
glorious presence, illumiNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.tes this city. It is never night there; it is always full of this glorious light. “The city had no need of a candle, nor he light of the sun. The Lord God giveth them light, and they shall reign for ever and ever”. The glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. The people that go to make up this great city, they are all enlightened, illumiNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.ted by this glorious light of God in Christ.
The glory of God displayed in His beloved Son is manifested in this city. God says,
“Behold, I make all things new”. You might think that his is very different from the present state of things. Sometimes it is hard to believe that this will be so, but God’s new coveNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.nt is here. His Word declares it. This is what He says concerning all these things. He hat sat upon the throne said with all His authority, “Behold, I make all things new.” He is doing it now. He has begun to work in our hearts. He will certainly complete it. In the meantime, there is work for faith. We are so to believe what God has said, though every indication should say to the contrary, because what God has said is most certainly true.
“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I will make all things new. And He said unto me, Write, for these words are true and faithful.” We night think, Well, He need not really have said that because His Word is always so. Oh, He knows how strong is unbelief and how weak our hearts, and He underlines what He has said, so to speak, by saying, These words are true and faithful.” It will surely be brought about. God is making all things new..
Earlier in this book, we read something concerning those hosts around the throne of God, those who are brought home, those who are in this city, in this great rejoicing company.
They sang as it were a new song before the throne. That was what they were doing – they were singing, singing a new song. At least, that is not exactly what it says. It says they sang, as it were, a new song. It was a new song, and yet, in a way, it was not new. It was not the first time that they had sung it. They lad learnt it upon the earth, while travelling towards this heavenly city, on the way. They learned to love it here below. It was like that song of which the hymn-writer Cowper speaks
“And since by faith, I saw the stream,
Thy flowing wounds supply;
Redeeming love has been my theme,
And shall be till I die.
When this poor lisping, stammering tongue
Lies silent in the grave,
Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
I’ll sing Thy power to save.
He learnt it on earth, as all these people do. They begin to lisp it here below, and then they will sing it forever above. A song of salvation to
a God and the Lamb, a song to His praise who makes all things new. They sang new song before the throne. No man could sing that song save they that were redeemed from the earth. It is the song of redemption, the song of Moses and of the Lamb. May we sing it here below, and sing it for evermore above. God says from His throne, Behold, I make all things new. Amen.