Q52: What Hope Does Everlasting Life Hold for Us?

New City Catechism: Question 52


Christians practice catechesis to instruct believers on the foundational truths of the Christian faith. In a question and answer format, this form of discipleship teaches the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, along with the basics of the Bible. The New City Catechism, created by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, asks 52 questions, one for each week of the year, on topics such as God, creation, and salvation. Each video provides an extended answer to the question from either a pastor at Redeemer or council members of the Gospel Coalition. This video with Tim Keller, Founding Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, answers the question, "What hope does everlasting life hold for us?”


Revelation 21:1-4 (ESV)

The New Heaven and the New Earth

1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.2And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



We can respond to the final question with the following answer: it reminds us that this present fallen world is not all there is; soon we will live with and enjoy God forever in the new city, in the new heaven and the new earth, where we will be fully and forever freed from all sin and will inhabit renewed, resurrection bodies in a renewed, restored creation.


Tim said we will enjoy God forever in the new heaven and new earth. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
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Eternal life means we will live in complete joy, satisfaction, and worship. We will have resurrection bodies, we will dance and rejoice, and we will enjoy community with God and the church forever.


Does the answer to this question impact your Christian walk? If so, how and why?
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Read through Revelation 21:1–4. Take a moment to reflect on everlasting life. Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the implications of everlasting life, or brainstorm ways you can apply the principle to your life.
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The Catechism can help you remember the core beliefs of Christianity. Take time this week to learn the answer to this question and memorize Revelation 21:1–4. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions as you anticipate everlasting life.



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