“And what is striking is that the apostle Paul asserts that God’s new creation is already under way – in the church! The church is the firstfruits of the ultimate new creation that is still to come; as the firstfruits, we are both the genuine reality of the new creation and the foretaste of more to come. Thus, as the church, we are the new humanity, new society, new temple – a new creation. We are a foretaste of heaven on earth, a genuine embodiment of the kingdom, a glimpse of the way things are supposed to be, and a glimpse of the way the cosmos ultimately will be; we are a showcase of God’s eternal plan of cosmic unity.”
Morgan, Christopher W. “Toward a Theology of the Unity of the Church.” Why We Belong. Wheaton: Crossway, 2013.
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