Everything Old Is New Again

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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…[but] the LORD God banished [the man and woman] from the Garden of Eden.” (Genesis 1:1, 23-23, NIV 1984).

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away…Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them.” (Revelation 21:1, 3, NIV 1984).

My Musings – Had things gone differently there would have been no need for a “new heaven and a new earth.”  But sin entered paradise and “the first heaven and first earth [began to pass] away.”  When sin entered the world “God banished [the man and woman] from [paradise].”  Had things gone differently (“Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” — John 18:11, NIV 1984), it would never be possible for “the dwelling of God [to once again be] with men.”  But the gulf between “the first heaven and the first earth” and the “new heaven and a new earth” was bridged when Jesus stretched out His arms on the cross.

My Advice – Take the bridge.  There is no toll.  Passage is free.  But one cannot cross going in the opposite direction.  Turn around.