This Introduction is about redemption. It explores the broad spectrum of meanings attached to redemption in the Bible. The author demonstrates how the Bible’s story about God actually answers our life’s questions. The pattern of creation, fall, and redemption is followed in a brief survey of God’s story with man. In a later section on redemption as renewal, the author indicates how God’s story culminates in a new creation.
"The fruit of the Spirit" in Galatians 5:22 appears to be a general allusion to Isaiah's promise that the Holy Spirit would bring about abundant fertility in the coming new age. Isaiah's repeated prophecies (especially Isaiah 32 and, above all, Isaiah 57) that in the new creation the Spirit would he the bearer of plentiful fruitfulness, are at the forefront of Paul's usage.
This article shows how the resurrected body of Christ directs our thinking on how we should view the continuity and discontinuity of our body, as well as our social duties in the old and new creation. Marriage is used as a example of this continuity and discontinuity. This is the fourth in a series of articles on the topic of eschatology.