For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth…the voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in [Jerusalem], nor the voice of crying….They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat…It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.
– Isaiah 65:17, 9, 21-22, 24 (NKJV)
With the coming of Christ and the impartation of the Holy Spirit, justice advanced (and continues advancing) significantly in the world.
Upon Christ’s return, justice will permeate the entire world.
The Lord says that at that time, “the voice of weeping shall no longer be heard…the wolf and the lamb shall feed together…they shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain.”1
In the new heaven and earth there will be no more crying and no more pain.2
People will build houses they get to live in and plant food they get to eat instead of being taken advantage of for others’ gain.
What makes the new heaven and the new earth so completely different from the present one is that “the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.”3
Mankind shall finally know God face to face, living in unbroken relationship with Him. Ultimately God’s desire all along has not been for us to behave a certain way, but to be in relationship with Him. From that relationship alone flow true justice and righteousness.
When God establishes the new earth and the new heaven, His original intentions for the world will finally be fulfilled. Justice in every sense of the word will exist.
As this 31 Days of Redefining Justice series comes to a close, my hope is that it has pointed people to relationship with God as the root of all justice.
In the current cultural climate of the evangelical church, it is easy to champion justice while losing sight of the One who is justice.
By walking with the Lord – keeping in step with His Spirit – we can participate in a justice that is more than passing.
True justice is not about programs or campaigns. It is not about starting a movement or even primarily about making a difference.
True justice is about living out a personal relationship with the Lord. It’s about the personal transformation that takes place in that relationship. And it’s about how we treat others in the mundane existence of daily life.
Where We Go From Here
For those of you interested in exploring what this conclusion means on a practical level, I’d like to share some examples and continue the conversation.
I no longer plan to post every day (I need some serious rest after what feels like 31 days of cramming for final exams!), and I’ll probably intersperse unrelated posts on my blog, but I’ll keep the 31 Days of Redefining Justice landing page updated with relevant posts. You can also read related posts by clicking on the justice category in the sidebar.
Keep checking back for more and, please, keep sharing your growing understanding of biblical justice with me. I’ve by no means got this figured out and am particularly weak on the topics covered over the last few days.
I look forward to hearing your insights, ideas, and stories. Thanks for joining me on this journey!
1. Isaiah 65:19, 25 (NKJV).
2. Isaiah 65:19; Revelation 21:4.