John Piper Poetically Imagines the New Heavens and the New Earth



A portion of John Piper’s poem, “Justified for Evermore,” found in his book, Future Grace: The Purifying Power of the Promises of God, rev. ed. (Multnomah, 2012), 379-82.

And as I knelt beside the brook To drink eternal life, I took A glance across the golden grass, And saw my dog, old Blackie, fast As she could come. She leaped the stream- Almost-and what a happy gleam Was in her eye. I knelt to drink, And knew that I was on the brink Of endless joy. And everywhere I turned and saw a wonder there. A big man running on the lawn: That’s old John Younge with both legs on. The blind can see a bird on wing, The dumb can lift their voice to sing. The diabetic eats at will, The coronary runs uphill.

The lame can walk, the deaf can hear, The cancer-ridden bone is clear. Arthritic joints are lithe and free, And every pain has ceased to be. And every sorrow deep within, And every trace of lingering sin Is gone. And all that’s left is joy, And endless ages to employ The mind and heart, and understand, And love the sovereign Lord who planned That it should take eternity To lavish all his grace on me.

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