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New City Catechism Question and Answer 52

Question 52
What hope does everlasting life hold for us?

Answer
It reminds us that this present fallen world is not all there is; soon we will live with and enjoy God forever in the new city, in the new heaven and the new earth, where we will be fully and forever freed from all sin and will inhabit renewed, resurrection bodies in a renewed, restored creation.


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 51

Question 51
Of what advantage to us is Christ’s ascension?

Answer
Christ physically ascended on our behalf, just as he came down to earth physically on our account, and he is now advocating for us in the presence of his Father, preparing a place for us, and also sends us his Spirit.


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 50

Question 50
What does Christ’s resurrection mean for us?

Answer
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.


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 49

Question 49
Where is Christ now?

Answer
Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father, ruling his kingdom and interceding for us, until he returns to judge and renew the whole world.


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 48

Question 48
What is the church?

Answer
God chooses and preserves for himself a community elected for eternal life and united by faith, who love, follow, learn from, and worship God together. God sends out this community to proclaim the gospel and prefigure Christ’s kingdom by the quality of their life together and their love for one another.


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 47

Question 47
Does the Lord’s Supper add anything to Christ’s atoning work?

Answer
No, Christ died once for all. The Lord’s Supper is a covenant meal celebrating Christ’s atoning work; as it is also a means of strengthening our faith as we look to him, and a foretaste of the future feast. But those who take part with unrepentant hearts eat and drink judgment on themselves.


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 46

Question 46
What is the Lord’s Supper?

Answer
Christ commanded all Christians to eat bread and to drink from the cup in thankful remembrance of him and his death. The Lord’s Supper is a celebration of the presence of God in our midst; bringing us into communion with God and with one another; feeding and nourishing our souls. It also anticipates the day when we will eat and drink with Christ in his Father’s kingdom.