Hope for the future
Hope: the covenant goal
The vision of the whole creation renewed in Christ is the basis for Christian hope and the fulfilment of the covenant of peace. Isaiah speaks about a coming "new heaven and new earth" in which there is joy, justice and ecological harmony (Isa. 65. 17 -25). St Paul's Christian hope is rooted in creation being one day "set free" from its bondage to decay. "The whole creation is in labour, longing for God's new world to be born." (Rom 8: 22-24). The moral obligation on the Christian Church, and indeed on all humanity, is therefore to work urgently for that time in ways consistent with that hope. "Look aftercreation" was God's mandate in the beginning. That is reaffirmed and underlined in the resurrection of Jesus Christ which is the first step in God's new creation. "Your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven."