The more I study the work of Jesus Christ via his Life, Death, Resurrection, Ascension, and Session, the more I am convinced that the impact of that work was to inaugurate a new creational Kingdom that is entered by way of regeneration (regeneration being naught but a Person being caught up into the Resurrection reality that Christ established) with the purpose of incrementally and progressively expanding the already fixed Crown Rights victory of the Lord Christ.
Christ’s Resurrection inaugurated the new creation and let loose a divine New World Order Kingdom. Through the finished work of Christ the age to come has arrived in principle and having entered into this present wicked age it is rolling the present wicked age back as Sunlight rolls back the morning fog.
Eschatologies that refuse to embrace a full-orbed optimism are eschatologies that run against the grain of the Scriptures. Contemporary Eschatologies, in our current Evangelical defeatist’s climate, that complain about the danger of one’s eschatology being over-realized is like someone warning about the dangers of too much joy taking place in a morgue.
On this point, we would secondly observe that Christ’s resurrection is referred to as “first fruits” to show not only that his resurrection is the first of more to come, but also that the additional future resurrections must necessarily come because they actually belong to Christ’s resurrection itself. That the first fruit would resurrect without the later fruit also resurrecting in due season would be an oxymoron of the grossest variety.
The good news of resurrection also begins now however as we who are in Christ have already been given an inaugurated resurrection. We currently partake of resurrection life and are already citizens of the New Creation Kingdom. As such, under the tutelage of the Spirit, we walk in terms of God’s law-word, putting off the old man, and putting on the new man who now lives in the heavenlies w/ Christ Jesus. We live in the heavenlies because the heavenlies, as the age to come, now resides in this present wicked age as it goes from victory unto victory in pushing back this present wicked age.
We have not yet resurrected to all that we one day will, but we are resurrected more than we once were.