The Creeds Explained — Part 14

This post continues a running series in which I’m attempting to explicate the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds.  This post is intended to be the last in the series.

First, the Apostles’ Creed:

“[I believe in] the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.”

then, the Nicene Creed:

 “We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.”

Thus, both creeds affirm a key component of the Christian faith that is often forgotten or distorted: life eternal is not life as a disembodied soul. The Bible is quite clear on this point even if many Christians have failed to recognize it. The resurrected Jesus was the perfect prototype of our resurrected bodies and his resurrected body fit comfortably into, but was not limited to our physical dimension. How else do you explain that the resurrected Jesus ate with his disciples, and could be touched but at the same time could appear and disappear at will and move into locked rooms without any trouble. The resurrected Jesus was equally at home in both heaven and earth, and we will be also (after all, earth and heaven will, according to the book of Revelation, be one and according to 1 John “We will be like him”).

God made all that is and called it good; the work of God in Jesus Christ was not about saving us out of the good (though fallen) creation, but rather about redeeming us and all of creation with us (“the life of the world to come”).