But God’s mission to restore his creation could not be foiled by even rejection and death. God raised Jesus from the dead, and in his death and resurrection he triumphed over sin, death, and the devil. The risen Jesus appeared to over five-hundred witnesses and he commissioned his disciples to spread the good news: Jesus truly is the one sent by God, he came to bring the reign of God and even now God’s kingdom is available to those who repent and believe. Further, Jesus will one day return and finish what he started: the restoration of all creation. In this restoration sin, evil, and death will finally be destroyed once and for all, creation will be restored to perfection, and God will once again dwell with his people as he did in the very beginning.

continued The Church