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Part One

A

rticle

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I BELIEVE IN THE RESURRECTION

OF THE BODY

988

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.

989

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.

534

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

you.

535

990

The term “flesh” refers to man in his state of weakness and

mortality.

536

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.

537

991

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

live.”

538

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.

539

534 Cf.

Jn

6:39-40.

535

Rom

8:11; cf.

1 Thess

4:14;

1 Cor

6:14;

2 Cor

4:14;

Phil

3:10-11.

536 Cf.

Gen

6:3;

Ps

56:5;

Isa

40:6.

537

Rom

8:11.

538 Tertullian,

De res.

1, 1: PL 2, 841.

539

1 Cor

15:12-14.

655

648

364

638