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The Profession of Faith

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from each other, both remained with one and the same

person of the Word.

469

“You will not let your Holy One see corruption”

627

Christ’s death was a real death in that it put an end to his

earthly human existence. But because of the union which the person

of the Son retained with his body, his was not a mortal corpse like

others, for “it was not possible for death to hold him”

470

and therefore

“divine power preserved Christ’s body from corruption.”

471

Both of

these statements can be said of Christ: “He was cut off out of the land

of the living,”

472

and “My flesh will dwell in hope. For you will not

abandonmy soul toHades, nor let your HolyOne see corruption.”

473

Jesus’ Resurrection “on the third day” was the sign of this also,

because bodily decay was held to begin on the fourth day after

death.

474

“Buried with Christ . . .”

628

Baptism, the original and full sign of which is immersion,

efficaciously signifies the descent into the tomb by the Christian

who dies to sin with Christ in order to live a new life. “We were

buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ

was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might

walk in newness of life.”

475

IN BRIEF

629

To the benefit of every man, Jesus Christ tasted death

(cf.

Heb

2:9). It is truly the Son of God made man who

died and was buried.

630

During Christ’s period in the tomb, his divine person

continued to assume both his soul and his body, al-

though they were separated from each other by death.

For this reason the dead Christ’s body “saw no corrup­

tion” (

Acts

13:37).

469 St. John Damascene,

De fide orth.,

3, 27: PG 94, 1098A.

470

Acts

2:24.

471 St. Thomas Aquinas,

STh

III, 51, 3.

472

Isa

53:8.

473

Acts

2:26-27; cf.

Ps

16:9-10.

474 Cf.

1 Cor

15:4;

Lk

24:46;

Mt

12:40;

Jon

2:1;

Hos

6:2; cf.

Jn

11:39.

475

Rom

6:4; cf.

Col

2:12;

Eph

5:26.

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