What will the glorified creation be like?
I work in Bible translation and my assignment is Nepal. Witnessing to Hindus involves an explanation of God's goal for humans and the whole universe in contrast to the never-ending cycle of the Hindu reincarnation. I explain to my Hindu friends that God's goal for humans is seen in the Incarnational hope that he has displayed in Christ. The mystery of the goal of human history has been revealed through Jesus.
"This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel" (2 Tim. 1:9b-10).
In another place, God's word testifies, "What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is" (1 John 3:2).
When Jesus returns all who have longed for his coming will be transformed and given a redeemed and glorified body as he has. But what about the rest of the universe?
In Romans, Scripture testifies, "For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God. For the creation was subjected to futility , not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now...we ourselves...groan inwardly...for adoption, the redemption of our bodies"(Romans 8:20-23).
What kind of world will this glorified world be?