Thought that these quotes from Pauline Christology: An Exegetical-Theological Study by Gordon D. Fee were quite thought provoking.
The ultimate goal of salvation is not simply the saving of individuals and fitting them for heaven, as it were, but the creation of a people for God’s name, reconstituted by a new covenant. That is, although people in the new covenant are “saved” one by one, the goal of that salvation is to form a people who, as Israel of old, in their life together reflect the character of the God who saved them, whose character is borne by the incarnate Christ and re-created in God’s people by the Spirit.
The framework of God’s ‘salvation in Christ’ is thoroughly eschatological, meaning that Christ’s death and resurrection and the gift of the Spirit mark the turning of the ages, whereby God has set in motion the new creation, in which all things eventually will be made new at the eschatological concludes of the present age. (page 483)
Don’t hear that every Sunday.