Once the wrongs have been righted, once sin is dealt with, and once death dies, then comes the new creation. A garden city is purified of the weeds of evil that destroyed the first garden. The tears of sorrow give way to trumpets of joy. Then God’s people dwell in God’s place under God’s reign in God’s presence. We are heading toward a world of justice and peace. So we are waiting for it.
But not just waiting. The church is meant to be a showroom for the new creation. The church is meant to be a place where reconciliation, peace, love, and mercy are modeled in front of a world that knows only strife, confrontation, hatred, and abuse. [Emphasis mine.]Michael Bird, Evangelical Theology