2 Peter 3:13-14
Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness.…
I. THIS EARTH IS PERISHING. All the productions of nature, all the works of art, all the arrangements of policy that regard it, perish; man, its lord and master, is short-lived and perishing.
II. THE NATURE OF THE EARTH WHICH IS TO SUCCEED THE PRESENT.
1. The earth beyond the grave is new; by which we are to understand that it is as perfect in its structure and as attractive in its appearance as if it had just come from the hands of its Creator. No inundations have deluged it; no torrents have disfigured it. No lapse of years impairs its beauty, or introduces among its objects anything like ruin.
2. In the earth beyond the grave "dwelleth righteousness"; by which we may understand that it is the habitation of the righteous, and the place where their work of righteousness is rewarded. Conclusion:
1. The illustration of the text shows the value of righteousness. Revolutions shake the thrones of princes; but righteousness is raised on everlasting foundations, and they who have taken their seat there cannot be moved.
2. The doctrine of the text enforces heavenly mindedness. Set thy affections on that world which is lasting as thyself, and which only is capable of yielding thee perfect bliss.
3. The doctrine of the text enforces trust in God. He whose word made and will unmake the world is the only stay for you.
4. The doctrine of the text should awaken devout gratitude to Christ.
Parallel VersesKJV: Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.