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Not Home Yet: How the Renewal of the Earth Fits Into God's Plan for the World

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Christians often view heaven as their "future home"--but God's plan is to live forever with his people on a renewed earth. Beginning with the creation of the heavens and earth and ending with the awe-inspiring picture of the New Jerusalem descending to earth, the storyline of Scripture reveals God's commitment to the physical world. What's more, an understanding of God's c ...more
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Published August 6th 2019 by Crossway Books
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Becky
First sentence: Traveling is fun, but after a while we long for home.

Is heaven our home? For the believer should heaven be considered our home? Are we currently "not home yet"?

In Not Home Yet, Ian K. Smith argues that heaven is NOT our home. His point is technically a valid one. Heaven is not our final, ultimate HOME. After Jesus' return and the resurrection of our bodies, our final, ultimate home will be the NEW HEAVENS AND THE NEW EARTH. Smith is correct in his conclusion that the Bible speaks
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This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
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In the beginning, we're told, God created the heavens and the earth. As Rod Rosenbladt used to say (maybe still does, it's been a while since I heard him), "God likes matter, He made it." The Scriptures are replete with post-Fall references to God visiting Earth, coming to Earth and dwelling with His people. This is what the Incarnation and the bodily resurrection are about. Yes, the risen Christ ascends to Heaven—but He's coming back to r
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Adam Christiansen
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I personally wish that there were more books like Not Home Yet by Ian K. Smith, principal at Christ College, Sydney, Australia. He is a former missionary to Vanuatu. In reading the Not Home Yet, it was plain that Dr. Smith has a pastor’s heart. He wrote this book “to reawaken (resurrect even) a biblical understanding of the earth and God’s mission to it.”

I enjoy the care that Dr. Smith uses in building his argument in the first chapter, “The Creation of Home.” We get introduced to his careful te
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Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This book hits the important topic of the eternal destiny of God's people--on a renewed earth, not in an ephemeral "heaven." Smith makes a lot of good arguments but often struggles to state his conclusions clearly. He also exhibits too often the all-too-frequent condescension toward of those who have erroneous (or simply nebulous, no pun intended) of what the future state will look like."

The most helpful portion of the book is probably his discussion of John 14:2–3. This passage often presents a
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Very few link the resurrection with the renewal of all things. Normally an understanding of the gospel is individualistic; it's about my salvation. The renewal brings us home with purpose.

The word renewal is word that gives hope. That the previous will pass away with a new hope for the way it was created to be. We are not home yet. There is so much implications to the renewal of all things and how it is tied to the gospel. When looked at thru those lens, salvation doesn't become about my salva
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Ian K. Smith, M.D.,Ian K. Smith, M.D. is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of SUPER SHRED, SHRED, THE 4 DAY DIET, THE FAT SMASH DIET and EXTREME FAT SMASH DIET among 7 other books including, SHRED Diet Cookbook , EAT, Happy , and The Blackbird Papers. His newest book, THE SHRED POWER CLEANSE, is available 12/29/15.

He is a former co-host of Emmy-winning “The Doctors” TV show, and a medica
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