“[God] has begun a new creation through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. When Jesus burst from the tomb on that first Easter, he was the first man in the new creation. By believing in Jesus, we are joined to him. We become part of the new creation [2 Corinthians 5:17]. We form the new humanity [Ephesians 2:15] which God is creating.
“Unlike the first creation, where God began by making the world and afterwards made creatures to live in his world, in the new creation he has begun by creating the new humanity and afterwards he will make the new world in which they are to live.”Peter J. Gentry & Stephen J. Wellum, Kingdom through Covenant (Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2012), p. 780.