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Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 22

Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 22

57.
Q. What comfort does “the resurrection of the body” give you?
A. That after this life my soul shall be immediately taken up to Christ, its Head, and that this flesh of mine, raised by the power of Christ, shall be reunited with my soul, and be conformed to the glorious body of Christ.

58.
Q. What comfort does the article concerning “the life everlasting” give you?
A. That, since I now feel in my heart the beginning of eternal joy, I shall possess, after this life, perfect blessedness, which no eye has seen nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, and thereby praise God forever.


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Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 51

Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 51

Chapter 32 – Of the State of Man After Death, and of the Resurrection of the Dead
I. The bodies of men, after death, return to dust, and see corruption; but their souls (which neither die nor sleep), having an immortal subsistence, immediately return to God who gave them. The souls of the righteous, being then made perfect in holiness, are received into the highest heavens, where they behold the face of God in light and glory, waiting for the full redemption of their bodies; and the souls of the wicked are cast into hell, where they remain in torments and utter darkness, reserved to the judgment of the great day. Besides these two places for souls separated from their bodies, the Scripture acknowledges none.
II. At the last day, such as are found alive shall not die, but be changed: and all the dead shall be raised up with the self-same bodies, and none other, although with different qualities, which shall be united again to their souls forever.
III. The bodies of the unjust shall, by the power of Christ, be raised to dishonour; the bodies of the just, by his Spirit, unto honour, and be made conformable to his own glorious body.



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Moving To A Better House (via Ed Welch)

Ed Welch contrasts the human experience of moving houses with the Christian experience of moving toward an eternal dwelling place:

This is our hope—full communion and fellowship with God and with his people in his house. This is what the Spirit uses to bring us through the hardest legs of the journey. The quest is not for a larger or better house in this world. That is not enough to keep us going, our wilderness is too arduous. We aim for nothing short of the house of God and being face-to-face at the banquet table.
Evidence of this hope is that we become energized on our present journey. Since we are certain that we will arrive home—nothing can stand in our way—we busily trust Christ for forgiveness of sins and then jettison the sins that still cling to our souls (Heb. 12:1). After all, when we actually see him we will be without sin, and we aspire to grow now into who we will be then.

Read the whole post here.


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Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 22

Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 22

Q & A 37
Q What benefits do believers receive from Christ at death?
A The souls of believers are at their death made perfect in holiness,1 and do immediately pass into glory;2 and their bodies, being still united in Christ,3 do rest in their graves, till the resurrection.4

Q & A 38
Q What benefits do believers receive from Christ at the resurrection?
A. At the resurrection, believers, being raised up in glory,5 shall be openly acknowledged and acquitted in the day of judgment,6 and made perfectly blessed in the full enjoying of God7 to all eternity.8

*1 Hebrews 12:23.
*2 Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:6, 8; Philippians 1:23.
*3 1 Thessalonians 4:14.
*4 Daniel 12:2; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15.
*5 1 Corinthians 15:42-43
*6 Matthew 25:33-34, 46
*7 Romans 8:29; 1 John 3:2.
*8 Psalm 16:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:17.


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Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 15

Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 15

Q & A 28
Q Wherein consists Christ’s exaltation?
A Christ’s exaltation consists in his rising again from the dead on the third day,1 in ascending up into heaven,2 in sitting at the right hand3 of God the Father, and in coming to judge the world at the last day.4

*1 1 Corinthians 15:4.
*2 Psalm 68:18; Acts 1:11; Ephesians 4:8.
*3 Psalm 110:1; Acts 2:33-34;Hebrews 1:3.
*4 Matthew 16:27; Acts 17:31.


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Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 22

Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 22

57.
Q. What comfort does “the resurrection of the body” give you?
A. That after this life my soul shall be immediately taken up to Christ, its Head, and that this flesh of mine, raised by the power of Christ, shall be reunited with my soul, and be conformed to the glorious body of Christ.

58.
Q. What comfort does the article concerning “the life everlasting” give you?
A. That, since I now feel in my heart the beginning of eternal joy, I shall possess, after this life, perfect blessedness, which no eye has seen nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, and thereby praise God forever.


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Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 51

Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 51

Chapter 32 – Of the State of Man After Death, and of the Resurrection of the Dead
I. The bodies of men, after death, return to dust, and see corruption; but their souls (which neither die nor sleep), having an immortal subsistence, immediately return to God who gave them. The souls of the righteous, being then made perfect in holiness, are received into the highest heavens, where they behold the face of God in light and glory, waiting for the full redemption of their bodies; and the souls of the wicked are cast into hell, where they remain in torments and utter darkness, reserved to the judgment of the great day. Besides these two places for souls separated from their bodies, the Scripture acknowledges none.
II. At the last day, such as are found alive shall not die, but be changed: and all the dead shall be raised up with the self-same bodies, and none other, although with different qualities, which shall be united again to their souls forever.
III. The bodies of the unjust shall, by the power of Christ, be raised to dishonour; the bodies of the just, by his Spirit, unto honour, and be made conformable to his own glorious body.