To imagine a community of beauty and healing is to take a large step towards seeing, in our mind’s eye, the world which God intends to bring about through the death and resurrection of Jesus. This is the world towards which we are to direct our Spirit-given energies. When we come to the Pauline pictures of the same ultimate reality, we first meet 1 Corinthians 15, where the great emphasis is on a future world without death. Death – the corruption and decay of the good creation, and of humans who bear God’s image – is the ultimate blasphemy, the great intruder, the final satanic weapon, and it will itself be defeated.
- N. T. Wright
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