The Profession of Faith
from each other, both remained with one and the same
person of the Word.
“You will not let your Holy One see corruption”
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”
“divine power preserved Christ’s body from corruption.”
these statements can be said of Christ: “He was cut off out of the land
of the living,”
and “My flesh will dwell in hope. For you will not
abandonmy soul toHades, nor let your HolyOne see corruption.”
Jesus’ Resurrection “on the third day” was the sign of this also,
because bodily decay was held to begin on the fourth day after
“Buried with Christ . . .”
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.”
To the benefit of every man, Jesus Christ tasted death
2:9). It is truly the Son of God made man who
died and was buried.
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
469 St. John Damascene,
De fide orth.,
3, 27: PG 94, 1098A.
471 St. Thomas Aquinas,
III, 51, 3.