Here’s a great New Creation quote that I heard this morning in a lecture by N.T. Wright:
“There is no square inch of the cosmos, no split second of created time, which is not desired by God, claimed by God and will one day be filled by God. And God’s creation, therefore, of us in the present — the worldwide family of those who believe the gospel — is the firstfruit and sign of that future.”
This is a great reminder of our future — that what God did for Jesus at his resurrection, God will do for the entire creation. And we will be given renewed, transformed physical bodies to share in that future. Such a future dazzles my imagination. It produces such hope, such motivation, such breath-taking excitement!
And the fact that if anyone is in Christ in the present, that new creation has burst into the present creation and swept that person up into a reality and a responsibility that is awesome. It is more than we are a new creation. It is even more than we embody the new creation in human form. It is that God’s new creation surprises us, bursts upon us, and sweeps us up into God’s life and God’s story. It’s about God and his faithfulness to his creation and his faithfulness to his covenant with Israel.
It’s God who fills not only our future with incredible hope, purpose and expectation, but also our present.