The implications of Christ 's resurrection on the first Easter Sunday are far reaching in eschatology. The resurrection is the central event upon which all Christian theology hinges. As Motlmann writes, “Christianity stands or falls with the reality of the raising of Jesus from the dead by God.”1 Consequently, much of the understanding of eschatology presented thus far has centered around this important historical event. Bauckham writes:
Theologically a holistic eschatology is based especially on the bodily resurrection of Jesus. It was not that Jesus ' spirit survived his death, but that his whole bodily person was raised by God out of death. The human body signifies interrelationship with other humans and continuity with the whole material world.2
Christ being physically raised from the dead is the essence of all the Christian faith. The hope of the bodily resurrection in the age to come is found in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. On this hope all of Christian eschatology rest.
The hope for general resurrection found in the resurrection of Christ is professed in the Apostles ' Creed when the Church professes that “we believe in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.” Jones writes, “Wrapped up in the resurrection of Jesus on that first-century Easter day, we find hope for the general resurrection, in which we, like Jesus, will be raised from the dead to new life in new creation.”3 The profession of the general resurrection is found in the theology of St. Paul. Throughout the New Testament St. Paul is clear that Christian hope is not just in the salvation of the soul, as if God intended to rescue our souls from the present reality to be taken to another place, but the Christian ho...
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... and mediating divine love and its creative power.11
This model fleshes out the answer to Peter 's question, “what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God?”12 The church is the place where the new creation is lived out through the manifestation of the perfect love we received from God lived out in the old creation still dealing with the ramification of a fallen world groaning for the return of Christ. The church lives out the hope of Christ 's return by doing the work of the kingdom: loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and loving our neighbor as ourselves. This is possible because love does not hope in the broken reality of the present, but is empowered by the kingdom of God that has broken forth and awaits the completion of all things in Christ 's return.
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