I BELIEVE IN THE RESURRECTION
OF THE BODY
The Christian Creed—the profession of our faith in God,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and in God’s creative,
saving, and sanctifying action—culminates in the proclamation of
the resurrection of the dead on the last day and in life everlasting.
We firmly believe, and hence we hope that, just as Christ
is truly risen from the dead and lives for ever, so after death the
righteous will live for ever with the risen Christ and he will raise
them up on the last day.
Our resurrection, like his own, will be
the work of the Most Holy Trinity:
If the Spirit of himwho raised Jesus from the dead dwells in
you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life
to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit who dwells in
The term “flesh” refers to man in his state of weakness and
The “resurrection of the flesh” (the literal formulation of the
Apostles’ Creed) means not only that the immortal soul will live on after
death, but that even our “mortal body” will come to life again.
Belief in the resurrection of the dead has been an essential
element of the Christian faith from its beginnings. “The confidence
of Christians is the resurrection of the dead; believing this we
How can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the
dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ
has not been raised; if Christ has not been raised, then our
preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. . . . But in fact
Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those
who have fallen asleep.
1, 1: PL 2, 841.