We often hear the Bible’s story related in four key words: creation, fall, redemption, restoration. But I’ve become convinced that “restoration” is simply inadequate. Our future hope is not merely a restoration of Eden. As good as Eden was, it was not yet as glorious as the realm God intends to share with his people forever. And Adam and Eve were not yet all God intends his people to be. The story of redemptive history has always been heading toward glory. That was the case even in the beginning—there was an eschatology even in Eden.
I gave this workshop at The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference in Indianapolis this June, based on my new book, Even Better Than Eden: Nine Ways the Bible’s Story Changes Everything About Your Story. I sought to answer four questions:
- What was Eden like?
- Where was Eden headed?
- How will the new creation be better than Eden?
- What difference does this make?
You can listen to the episode here.
- Even Better Than Eden: Nine Ways the Bible’s Story Changes Everything About Your Story by Nancy Guthrie
- A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New by G. K. Beale
- Last Things First: Unlocking Genesis 1–3 with the Christ of Eschatology by J. V. Fesko
- Kingdom Prologue: Genesis Foundations for a Covenantal Worldview by Meredith Kline
- Images of the Spirit by Meredith Kline