I love this. Beautiful words about a beautiful concept.
“All that has enriched and honored the life of all nations in history, will be brought in to enrich the new creation. The new creation will not be a blank page as if God will simply crumple up the whole of human historical life in this creation and toss it in the cosmic bin and then hand us a new sheet to start all over again. The new creation will start with the unimaginable reservoir of all that human civilization has accomplished in the old creation, but purged, cleansed, disinfected, sanctified, and blessed. And we shall have eternity to enjoy it and to build upon it in ways we cannot dream of now as we exercise the powers of creativity of our redeemed humanity. Think of the prospect: all human culture, language, literature, art, music, science, business, sport, technological achievement, actual and potential, available to us. All of it with the poison of evil and sin sucked out of it forever. All of it glorifying God. All of it under his loving and approving smile. All of it for us to enjoy with God, and indeed being enjoyed by God. And all eternity for us to explore it, understand it, appreciate it, and expand it.”