The following is taken from The Drama of Scripture by Craig G. Bartholomew and Michael W. Goheen. It think it captures the matter quite well:
“The goal of God’s redemptive work is to restore his creation from the effects of sin upon it. In his death Jesus has conquered sin, and in his resurrection he has inaugurated a new era of salvation and recovery. The kingdom banquet is ready to be enjoyed, but it does not begin just yet. More peoples must first be gathered to the banquet table so that they too may taste of the renewing power of the coming age. This in-between time, after Jesus’ first coming and before he comes again, is a time of mission for the exalted Christ, the Spirit, and the church.” (p. 171, emphasis added)
Bartholomew and Goheen did not provide a list of Scriptures to go with the above, but the frequently reader of Scripture, who knows the big story, cannot fail to see the unmistakable references and echoes.