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New City Catechism - Question 50
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Posted by Taryl Jasper, Cornerstone elder


New City Catechism - Question 50


Q50: What does Christ’s resurrection mean for us?


A: Christ triumphed over sin and death by being physically resurrected, so that all who trust in him are raised to new life in this world and to everlasting life in the world to come. Just as we will one day be resurrected, so this world will one day be restored. But those who do not trust in Christ will be raised to everlasting death.

KIDS’ ANSWER: Christ triumphed over sin and death so that all who trust in him are raised to new life in this world and to everlasting life in the world to come.



1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.



Job 19:25-27; Isaiah 26:19; Isaiah 65:17; Daniel 12:2; Matthew 24:31; John 11:24-25; Romans 8:11; 1 Corinthians 15:12-23; Philippians 3:20-21; Jude 14-15; Revelation 21:1



The death and resurrection of Jesus is a historical event. Yet in God’s plan for redemption, the effects of that event in history are not finished and its impact is not bounded. The resurrection points to newness and glory for all who put their trust in Jesus and for all of creation.


No Christian should view the resurrection of Jesus as merely spiritual or metaphorical. Jesus rose from the dead in a real, physical, and human body. He now lives in a body of flesh that is incorruptible and will never die. We believe the promise of Scripture that just as He enjoys a glorified body, we too will also be given a body that will never be marked by sin, persecution, suffering, or death.


This coming resurrection is a pledge from God that is the center of our Christian profession. It is a declaration from God that we cherish so dearly. Jesus is the firstfruits of what will be ours. His glorified life is a pledge of what will be given to each and every one of us who trust in Him.


The promise of resurrection and restoration is not for us alone. God did not promise to only resurrect individual bodies. He promised that He would do the same to the entire cosmos. This world, this place, this society, this environment which groans under the tyranny of sin and corruption will be created new and restored. The earth and its environment will no longer bring dangers to us or harm us. Our society will be a gathering of those who lead lives no longer under sin, rebellion, or death, but will flourish under the peaceful Shalom in a new kingdom. We will live in a Kingdom in which joy, righteousness, and hope are the marks of our existence.


So, Christians are not Gnostics who believe that Jesus came to wean us off from our decaying bodies or tear us away from the lures of the physical world. Our hope is for real physical bodies, real material lives, and a real social place. This is the top to bottom transfiguration of our existence that the resurrection of Jesus promises to bring.


While this is the glorious reality for all who place their trust in Jesus, Scriptures also promise a real and physical resurrection reality for all those who have not covered themselves with the mercy of Jesus. Both the Old and New Testament speak of two resurrections. One resurrection is to everlasting life with eternal bodies to enjoy God and His new creation forever. For the rest of humanity, the resurrection also grants eternal physical bodies that cannot die and must live forever with eternal shame, contempt, and torment in judgment. "Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection!" (Revelation 20:6)





We believe in the personal, premillennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that this blessed hope has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.   (Mt. 24:44; Jn. 14:1-3; 1 Thess. 5:1-8; Titus 2:13; Rev. 19:17-20, 10)



We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment. (Jn. 5:25-29; Mt. 25:46; Rev. 20:11-15)


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