The Holy Spirit presents believers with proof of the life to come. In regeneration, comfort, joy, peace, wisdom, love, power to obey God and miraculous gifts he takes something of the world to come and brings it into our present existence: Christ is raised and we are raised with him, and the whole of creation will be made new! Just as the dove brought Noah a freshly plucked olive leaf, here is a small but undeniable demonstration that new life awaits us. And in that dove’s token we may discern the scale of the wonder of eternal life. All of the blessings we now experience in Christ are only the very tip of just one, newly-grown sapling from the world to come. What a blessed guarantee!