“He also says, "In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end" ( Hebrews 1:10-12 )
This earthly world is the staging area for what is to come; eternity. It is hard to imagine that one day the world as we know it will come to end. It won't happen by global warming or nuclear holocaust as the media has suggested. It will happen by fire as fulfillment of the scriptures in II Peter 3:7-13. This world and all material elements of the universe will be dissolved and done away with, melting in the intense heat. What will remain are the things that cannot be burned up.
The reason this earth will one day be destroyed is that it too was corrupted with the fall of mankind. In other words sin destroyed creation as God intended it to be. What we see has been ruined by the decay of sin. But this is not the final word, "Creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time" ( Romans 8:19-22 ).
Jesus dealt permanently with the issue of sin, forgiving it and conquering it on the cross. And yet we are still waiting to see the physical reconciliation of the earth back to God. Just as we are waiting for our physical bodies to be redeemed; although we currently possess the down payment, our born again spirit. In the same way, creation is waiting expectantly to be restored to its rightful place; a paradise created by Jesus. For this to happen, all traces of sin must be gone, which is why the earth will be destroyed and a new one created in its place.
Over the next three days we will look at Hebrews 1:10-12, looking at what is eternal and not to be destroyed in the end. These are important truths for believers to understand as we wait for Jesus to return, knowing that we can be focused on His business and eternal things in the meantime.
Tomorrow we look at Part 2: The Things that Will Remain