James, keep in mind that there is to be a new heaven and a new earth at the end of time.
*But according to his promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. (2 Peter 3:13)
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. (Revelation 21:10)*
All of creation will be re-created anew.
***And he who sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” *(Revelation 21:5)
Scripture says that God’s will live with us physically in the new creation.
***"Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them; *(Revelation 21:3)
God’s “dwelling with man” harkens back to the way it was in the garden before sin and death entered the world. Remember that John’s first line of his Gospel echos the first line of Genesis - In the beginning. This is one of John’s themes, the re-creation of the earth the way it was “In the beginning.” Restoration… making all things new again.
Our first parents lived with God in their midst, they walked with God in the breezy part of the day and spoke to him face to face. That is what is to be re-created. The original design of God will be restored as it was at the beginning of Genesis.