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Heidelberg Catechism - Lord's Day 22

July 7, 2014 by Dan Valentine 0 comments

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"Lord's Day 22 covers the last two phrases of the Apostle's Creed. Both phrases are for our comfort. When we die we will be away from the body and at home with the Lord (II Corinthians 5:8). This is the intermediate state where we experience the joy of fellowship with Christ even in our disembodied existence. But this is not our final hope. Ultimately we are waiting for the resurrection of our bodies. We will get our material self back...the perishable body will put on the imperishable and the mortal immortality (I Corinthians 15:53). You will still be you in heaven, but you will have a new, better, eternal, flesh-as-it-was-meant-to-be, free from handicap or injury." Kevin DeYoung. The Good News We Almost Forgot. 111.

Question 57: How does "the resurrection of the body" comfort you?

Answer: Not only my soul will be taken immediately after this life to Christ its Head, but even my very flesh, raised by the power of Christ, will be reunited with my soul and made like Christ's glorious body.

Question 58: How does the article concerning "life everlasting" comfort you?

Answer: Even as I already now experience in my heart the beginning of eternal joy, so after this life I will have perfect blessedness such as no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no human heart has ever imagined: a blessedness in which to praise God eternally.


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