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The Profession of Faith

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us in God’s grace, “so that as Christ was raised from the dead by

the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”

526

Justification consists in both victory over the death caused by sin

and a new participation in grace.

527

It brings about filial adoption

so that men become Christ’s brethren, as Jesus himself called his

disciples after his Resurrection: “Go and tell my brethren.”

528

We

are brethren not by nature, but by the gift of grace, because that

adoptive filiation gains us a real share in the life of the only Son,

which was fully revealed in his Resurrection.

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Finally, Christ’s Resurrection—and the risenChrist himself—​

is the principle and source of our future resurrection: “Christ has been

raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.​

. . . For as inAdam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”

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The risen Christ lives in the hearts of his faithful while they await that

fulfillment. In Christ, Christians “have tasted . . . the powers of the age

to come”

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and their lives are swept up by Christ into the heart of

divine life, so that theymay “live no longer for themselves but for him

who for their sake died and was raised.”

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IN BRIEF

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Faith in the Resurrection has as its object an event

which is historically attested to by the disciples, who

really encountered the Risen One. At the same time,

this event is mysteriously transcendent insofar as it is

the entry of Christ’s humanity into the glory of God.

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The empty tomb and the linen cloths lying there sig-

nify in themselves that by God’s power Christ’s body

had escaped the bonds of death and corruption. They

prepared the disciples to encounter the Risen Lord.

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Christ, “the first-born from the dead” (

Col

1:18), is the

principle of our own resurrection, even now by the

justification of our souls (cf.

Rom

6:4), and one day by

the new life he will impart to our bodies (cf.

Rom

8:11).

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Rom

6:4; cf. 4:25.

527 Cf.

Eph

2:4-5;

1 Pet

1:3.

528

Mt

28:10;

Jn

20:17.

529

1 Cor

15:20-22.

530

Heb

6:5.

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2 Cor

5:15; cf.

Col

3:1-3.

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