The people of God look forward to a “New Earth” where everything is made new again (Revelation 21:5) and where we will live in a new heaven, a new earth, and in the holy city, the new Jerusalem.
This is the culmination of the Covenant of God. Sin is removed, destroyed forever. Our personal sins are forgotten by us, by the ones harmed, by those who observe, and even by God Himself (Hebrews 8:12).
There is a preparation we need to begin on this earth. God’s people must reflect the image of Jesus Christ by beholding Him (2 Corinthians 3:18). We must consent to the work of grace in our lives. We must eventually show in our lives that grace is sufficient to save, and that God is merciful and just in all that He does.
The Everlasting Covenant, the Plan of Salvation is not just about us, it is even more about God. It is about God’s plan to govern a universe of intelligent beings through the principles of love and freedom.
While the dreary history of sin is a tragedy, it is also an opportunity to cooperate with God and to show that He is “merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant goodness and truth” (Exodus 34:6). This tiny speck of earth is so important to God, that He has chosen to make this earth the place of His throne forever (Revelation 21:3).
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).