Dec 29, 2009
Too many Christians view the gospel as a massage of escape from the world God has created. They see the world as corrupt and dying and think that one day Christ will return to take us away from this world to a "spiritual" place called heaven. This is nothing less than evidence that gnosticism is alive and well in the Church in our day.
To understand the gospel more correctly or more fully, we must begin to see that the core message of the gospel is not one of escape, but one of resurrection. God does not abandon His creation -- He takes it up and transforms it. This is most clearly see in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
This is the 'newness' of life that we hope for -- that God will completely transform this world into what He always intended it to be and that, in Christ, we will be a part of that totally transformed world.