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Part One

of his Body, may live in the hope of one day being

with him for ever.

667

Jesus Christ, having entered the sanctuary of heaven

once and for all, intercedes constantly for us as the

mediator who assures us of the permanent outpour-

ing of the Holy Spirit.

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FROM THERE HE WILL COME AGAIN

TO JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD

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Christ already reigns through the Church . . .

668

“Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both

of the dead and of the living.”

549

Christ’s Ascension into heaven

signifies his participation, in his humanity, in God’s power and

authority. Jesus Christ is Lord: he possesses all power in heaven

and on earth. He is “far above all rule and authority and power and

dominion,” for the Father “has put all things under his feet.”

550

Christ is Lord of the cosmos and of history. In him human history

and indeed all creation are “set forth” and transcendently ful-

filled.

551

669

As Lord, Christ is also head of the Church, which is his

Body.

552

Taken up to heaven and glorified after he had thus fully

accomplished his mission, Christ dwells on earth in his Church.

The redemption is the source of the authority that Christ, by virtue

of the Holy Spirit, exercises over the Church. “The kingdom of

Christ [is] already present in mystery,” “on earth, the seed and the

beginning of the kingdom.”

553

549

Rom

14:9.

550

Eph

1:20-22.

551

Eph

1:10; cf.

Eph

4:10;

1 Cor

15:24, 27-28.

552 Cf.

Eph

1:22.

553

LG

3; 5; cf.

Eph

4:11-13.

450

518

792, 1088

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