Three from NT on the Kingdom

“Heaven and earth, I repeat, are made for each other, and at certain points they intersect and interlock. Jesus is the ultimate such point. We as Christians are meant to be such points, derived from him. The spirit, the sacraments, and the scriptures are given so that the double life of Jesus, both heavenly and earthly, can become our s as well, already in the present.”- pg. 252

“Christian holiness consists not of trying as hard as we can to be good but of learning to live in the new world created by Easter, the new world we publicly entered in our baptism.”- pg. 253

“What you do in the present–by painting, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building hospitals, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbor as yourself–will last into God’s future. These activities are not simply ways of making the present life a little less beastly, a little more bearable, until the day when we leave it behind altogether (as the huymn so mistaekenly puts it, “Until the day when all the blest to endless rest are called away”). They are part of what we may call building for God’s kingdom.” – N.T. Wright, in “Surprised by Hope”, pg.193

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