The Renewal of Creation
Here are a couple of quotations from Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics, volume 4, on the renewal of creation.
Biblical hope, rooted in incarnation and resurrection, is creational, this-worldly, visible, physical, bodily hope.
What we sow on earth is harvested in eternity; diversity is not destroyed in eternity but cleansed from sin and made servicable to fellowship with God and others.
God’s honor consists precisely in the fact that he redeems and renews the same humanity, the same world, the same heaven, and the same earth that have been corrupted and polluted by sin.
Whereas Jesus came the first time to establish that kingdom in a spiritual sense, he returns at the end of history to give visible shape to it. Reformation proceeds from the inside to the outside. The rebirth of humans is completed in the rebirth of creation. The kingdom of God is fully realized only when it is visibly extended over the earth as well.
This is the great promise of Christian hope. Get excited.