T H E P O W E R O F T H E C R O S S  21 where evil, sin, and death cannot exist. It is where God’s children can live with God in absolute peace, perfection, and safety for- ever—it is the new world wherein dwells righteousness, because it shall forever be protected from all defilement by the blood of Jesus’ cross. Peter wrote, “But, according to his promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteous- ness” (2 Peter 3:13). That world is the eternal dwelling place of the church, and that is where the children of God shall live with their Father in heaven forever in perfect peace, holiness, and righteousness when this present age comes to an end. The forgiveness of sin and the free gift of eternal life is an estab- lished fact that is most certain, and it has been assured to all men everywhere by the promise of God, and the Almighty Jehovah God cannot lie. Hebrews 6:13–19 says: For when God made promise to Abraham, since he could swear by none greater, he sware by himself say- ing, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And thus, having patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men swear by the greater: and in every dispute of theirs the oath is final for con- firmation. Wherein God, being minded to show more abundantly unto the heirs of the promise the immu- tability of his counsel, interposed with an oath; that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have a strong encouragement, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us: which we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and stedfast and entering into that which is within the veil. Therefore, all who will believe and obey Jesus and agree to abide in his word (John 8:31–32) shall know the truth, and they shall have the promise of the forgiveness of sin and eternal life made