It seems a key verse in this book is 2 Corinthians 5:17—”If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new.”

“Walking in the resurrection is living in this newness, this fulfillment in Christ.” We walk with a new perspective, a different perspective than the prevailing tired old one that rules the empires of our society: sexism, racism, militarism, consumerism, etc. “We put on a new life—a new life of love, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, forgiveness, peace, thankfulness, joy, reverence, and obedience (See Colossians 3:12-17).” These are inward qualities that are necessarily displayed outwardly, as clothes are! And these are all relational qualities, practiced in relation to others.

We need other people, and to live with other people in harmony, to be whole persons. “[People], created in God’s image, [were] created in and for community. No person is complete [in themselves] without the ‘other.’ Fellowship is not a luxury; it is the stuff out of which the true nature of the soul is formed… None of us is complete without our interrelationship with others… Faith is not a concept that we hold; it is a fellowship in which we live…in Christ… Paul recognizes this [communal] perspective approximately 265 times.” We need each other to be fully human.

How can we live in the resurrection, in this new way of life? “The nature of God’s transforming grace is not automatic, nor is it impersonal in a way that would violate our personality or psychological structure. The identification with death to the old life and resurrection into the new is an identification of faith, not an impersonal fact of change…But there is more to this change. Sharing the resurrection life also involves sharing life in the Spirit… This mind-boggling reality, the indwelling presence of the Spirit, makes the new life dynamic and creative.” How does it look to live with dynamism and creativity? Perhaps we need to look to children, athletes and artists, as our models of dynamic and creative living; they know how to play and use the imagination, they rejoice in their bodies, they are open to surprises and possibilities.

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