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Will the sun still be there?

Will the sun still be there?

Revelation 22:5 sometimes causes confusion, leading people to believe (wrongly, as it turns out) that there will be no sun in the New Heavens and New Earth. Here's a reminder of what it says:

"And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever."

Notice that this text doesn't say that there will be no sun in the New Heavens and New Earth. It says that there will be no need for any illumination (whether from a lamp, or from the sun) because the Lord our God will shine on us. Even if the reference to the "sun" is a literal reference to our nearest star (which is distinctly doubtful; see Beale's commentary on Revelation), this text doesn't say that this star won't exist in the New Heavens and New Earth any more than it says that torches and lamps and Android cameras with built-in lights won't exist any more. The point is not that such-and-such a light source won't exist, but that the brightness of God's presence will render such light sources unnecessary.

An (Ofsted) inspector calls

A few months ago, our government launched a consultation on a proposal that Ofsted (the Office for standards in Education) should inspect all out-of-school educational settings where children are taught for more than 6 hours per week. Predictably, there were loud protests from many quarters, not least from churches, who realised that the government was proposing to inspect (for example)...

Bible-reading plan, week 18

Here are the readings for week 18 of the Bible-reading plan for Ministers and theological students. Reading: Dt 14-30; Heb 8-13; Jas 1-4; Ps 106-109; Prov 18:12-19:2 Study: Micah 6 (Entire books completed so fa...

Galatians 2:14-16 paraphrased

Galatians 2:14-16 is one of the most significant texts in the book of Galatians. In a recent seminar at Emmanuel Training and Resources, I challenged the students to produce an extended paraphrase of it in order to draw out the logic of Paul’s argument. Here’s my (tentative) attempt: ...
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