2020 Shortlisted Australian Christian Book of the Year
Beginning with the creation of the heavens and earth and ending with the New Jerusalem, the storyline of Scripture reveals God’s commitment to the physical world that he created. Our final destiny is not some disembodied, heavenly existence but rather life with God on a renewed earth. How does this understanding of our future home affect our lives today? What role should Christians play in meeting physical needs? Are spiritual realities more significant than physical?
This book will help us understand God's eternal vision for the renewal of this earth and discover purpose in all of our daily, real-world endeavors, such as work, the arts, social justice, ecology, medicine, and more.
“Combining pastoral, missional, and scholarly insights, Ian Smith wonderfully explores the little understood connection between the resurrection all Christians affirm and the New Creation all believers will enjoy. The result isNot Home Yet, a book with rich discussion of the interconnections of Scripture’s earliest and future themes and profound encouragement for all those who are still on their way to the home that Jesus Christ prepares for us.”
“Not Home Yetis a compact and powerful exposition of the Bible’s teaching on earth and God’s mission to it. I have never seen such a clear articulation of the theme of creation and re-creation anywhere. Ian Smith also deftly speaks about the practical ramifications that such a teaching has on our thinking and our actions. I highly recommend this book for all who are serious about understanding this central theme of the Bible.”
Tremper Longman III,Distinguished Scholar and Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, Westmont College; author,Confronting Old Testament Controversies
“When we are away from home, we long for home. But where is home for the Christian? In this insightful biblical theology of ‘home,’ Ian Smith helps us see that this world, and even heaven (as an intermediate state), is not our home—we’re just passing through, as we await our eternal home of the new heavens and the new earth. A great book to be read for the journey home.”
Jonathan Gibson,Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary
“Homemust surely be one of the most emotion-filled words in the English language. It is where we belong. But where is home for the Christian? Are we living in a far country here on earth, just waiting for a better day when we can leave the earth and simply enjoy heaven? Think of Ian Smith as your friendly theological realtor. He knows about the home God has created for us. With theological skill and deft simplicity, he can explain its long history. He understands where we fit into its story. He is also sensitive to the responsibility Christians have to our ‘home,’ even though we have not yet seen its final reconstruction. Brief asNot Home Yetmay be, you will find it instructive and challenging beyond its size.”
Sinclair B. Ferguson,Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries
“Ian Smith’s book will give you new insight into old passages, let you ponder all that is packed into Jesus’s resurrection, and get you dreaming of the new heavens and the new earth.”
Ed Welch, Faculty and Counselor, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation
“Ian Smith has written an eminently readable account of the biblical testimony to our eternal home—a home with resurrection bodies in a renewed heaven and earth. His careful analysis of common but ill-informed references to ‘going home’ as merely a departure from this earth, rather than a return to a renewed earth, are clear, cogent, and well argued. This concise biblical theology of death, afterlife, and resurrection should be an encouragement to every Christian reader as they grasp the fullness of the hope that awaits the people of God.”
Glenn N. Davies,Archbishop of Sydney; author,Faith and Obedience in Romans