The fourth section of this book expounds on the previous idea of the whole of creation being redeemed, but emphasizing the resurrection of all things. Think about if you are creating a piece of art and it becomes totally and completely messed up. The colors are all mixed and ruined, and your original intent is simply unrecognizable. What would you do? Most likely you would trash it and begin anew. Maybe this is what some of us picture when we think about God redeeming His creation. However, this is not what Alcorn says that Scripture teaches. Instead of trashing His original, He keeps it and restores, resurrects it. The idea of resurrection is crucial. Just as we will not have a new and completely different body but will instead experience the resurrection of our same bodies into a glorious new form, so will creation experience resurrection into what it originally was intended to be. The resurrection is as far reaching as the curse. Just think about that for awhile, and let yourself be amazed at the thoughts of a resurrected Earth.
Another point that is interesting in this section is the idea that not just what God has created will survive in the New Earth, but also what we have created for His glory. Alcorn acknowledges that this is not clearly laid out in Scripture, but as I was reading it, I thought, “Why not?” Why shouldn’t a poem that was born out of a heart overflowing with praise to the Father still be able to be read and used for worship in an Earth that is full of worship? Why wouldn’t God delight eternally in a child’s drawing, an artist’s landscape, a musician’s song, even a carpenter’s bookshelf or a grandmother’s hand-sewn quilt, if they were done to honor Him? Alcorn uses several Scriptures to back up the validity of this idea. I’m just enjoying thinking about what it could mean. Each one of us has different work to do, and different opportunities to perform service for God. If it’s true that what is done for His glory and with a heart of worship to Him-no matter what kind of deed or work-will last through the fire and into eternity, then what kinds of things am I sending on ahead of me? Scripture says to build up treasure in Heaven (about which Alcorn has a whole other book). How much treasure am I building up each day? At the end of this day, have I done anything that will last through the fire, or will all of my thoughts and actions be burned up? Definitely gives me something to think about. Some would say to live each day as if it were a treasure. This is good advice. But also, live each day to build up a treasure.