In "Doctrinal Discussion" Randy Bland quotes N.T. Wright's Surprised by Hope:
I know that God’s new world of justice and joy, of hope for the whole earth, was launched when Jesus came out of the tomb on Easter morning, and I know that He calls His followers to live in Him and by the power of His Spirit, and so to be new-creation people here and now, bringing signs and symbols of the kingdom to birth on earth as in heaven.
Bland finds three truths from this statement:
- The resurrection is for everyone.
- The resurrection opens up the possibility for Christians to live by the Spirit.
- We must realize that we live in what theologians call the time between the already and the not yet.
Consult your Adult Teacher's Insights for more discussion!
Source: Jesus, Son of God: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 26.