We end the Apostle’s Creed by confessing, “I believe in the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.” We profess the reality of the bodily resurrection of Christ. We also affirm our faith in the bodily resurrection of all believers. We enter into the final state of blessed life in heaven through resurrection.
What is the significance of the bodily resurrection? First, the apostle Paul puts it plainly and bluntly. “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17). The basic Christian confession is simple; “Jesus is Lord” (Romans 10:9). However, if Christ was not raised from the dead, He does not sit on the throne of heaven as Lord over all. Our faith is worthless. We do not have the hope of heaven. Thanks and praise be to God. The opposite is true. I believe in the bodily resurrection.
Second, since Christ rose from the grave bodily, He took that same body into heaven. He is permanently united to the body in which He suffered. This means Jesus Christ is uniquely qualified to pray for His people from His place in heaven. “Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us” (Romans 8:34). I believe in the bodily resurrection.
Now, listen to today’s podcast, “Christ’s Faith in the Resurrection.”