The Lord describes in the Gospel the pattern of life we must be trained to follow after the (baptismal) resurrection: gentleness, endurance, freedom from the defiling love of pleasure, and from covetousness. We must be determined to acquire in this life all the qualities of the life to come. To define the Gospel as a description of what the resurrectional life should be like seems to be correct and appropriate, as far as I am concerned. - St. Basil the Great, *On the Holy Spirit*, par. 35
Note that this expresses powerfully the patristic insight into ethics: living the values of the age that is to come in this present age!