Q50: What Does Christ's Resurrection Mean for Us?

New City Catechism: Question 50


Christians practice catechesis to instruct believers on the foundational truths of the Christian faith. In a question and answer format, this form of discipleship teaches the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, along with the basics of the Bible. The New City Catechism, created by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, asks 52 questions, one for each week of the year, on topics such as God, creation, and salvation. Each video provides an extended answer to the question from either a pastor at Redeemer or council members of the Gospel Coalition. This video with Don Carson, Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, answers the question, "What does Christ's resurrection mean for us?”


1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 (ESV)

The Coming of the Lord

13But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.14For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



We can respond to question fifty with the following 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.


Don said Christ’s resurrection means He defeated sin and death and now we share in His resurrection through faith. When Jesus returns, He will resurrect us and we will have resurrection bodies. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
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Since Jesus was resurrected, we are resurrected into a new life when we put our trust in Him and we have assurance of the future resurrection upon Jesus’ return. We will enjoy God forever in a resurrected, renewed world.


Does the answer to this question impact your Christian walk? If so, how and why?
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Read through 1 Thessalonians 4:13–14. Take a moment to reflect on Jesus’ resurrection. Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the implications of the resurrection, or brainstorm ways you can apply the principle to your life.
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The Catechism can help you remember the core beliefs of Christianity. Take time this week to learn the answer to this question and memorize 1 Thessalonians 4:13–14. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions as you remember Jesus’ resurrection.



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