The Profession of Faith
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.”
Justification consists in both victory over the death caused by sin
and a new participation in grace.
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.”
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.
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.”
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
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.”
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.
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.
Christ, “the first-born from the dead” (
1:18), is the
principle of our own resurrection, even now by the
justification of our souls (cf.
6:4), and one day by
the new life he will impart to our bodies (cf.
6:4; cf. 4:25.