Baltimore Catechism No. 3 (of 4) eBook

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Q. 404. {88} Where was Christ’s body while His soul was in Limbo?  A. While Christ’s soul was in Limbo His body was in the holy sepulchre.

Q. 405. {89} On what day did Christ rise from the dead?  A. Christ rose from the dead, glorious and immortal, on Easter Sunday, the third day after His death.

Q. 406.  Why is the Resurrection the greatest of Christ’s miracles?  A. The Resurrection is the greatest of Christ’s miracles because all He taught and did is confirmed by it and depends upon it.  He promised to rise from the dead and without the fulfillment of that promise we could not believe in Him.

Q. 407.  Has any one ever tried to disprove the miracle of the resurrection?  A. Unbelievers in Christ have tried to disprove the miracle of the resurrection as they have tried to disprove all His other miracles; but the explanations they give to prove Christ’s miracles false are far more unlikely and harder to believe than the miracles themselves.

Q. 408.  What do we mean when we say Christ rose “glorious” from the dead?  A. When we say Christ rose “glorious” from the dead we mean that His body was in a glorified state; that is, gifted with the qualities of a glorified body.

Q. 409.  What are the qualities of a glorified body?  A. The qualities of a glorified body are:  (1) Brilliancy, by which it gives forth light; (2) Agility, by which it moves from place to place as rapidly as an angel; (3) Subtility, by which material things cannot shut it out; (4) Impassibility, by which it is made incapable of suffering.

Q. 410.  Was Christ three full days in the tomb?  A. Christ was not three full days, but only parts of three days in the tomb.

Q. 411. {90} How long did Christ stay on earth after His resurrection?  A. Christ stayed on earth forty days after His resurrection, to show that He was truly risen from the dead, and to instruct His apostles.

Q. 412.  Was Christ visible to all and at all times during the forty days He remained on earth after His resurrection?  A. Christ was not visible to all nor at all times during the forty days He remained on earth after His resurrection.  We know that He appeared to His apostles and others at least nine times, though He may have appeared oftener.

Q. 413.  How did Christ show that He was truly risen from the dead?  A. Christ showed that He was truly risen from the dead by eating and conversing with His Apostles and others to whom He appeared.  He showed the wounds in His hands, feet and side, and it was after His resurrection that He gave to His Apostles the power to forgive sins.

Q. 414. {91} After Christ had remained forty days on earth, whither did He go?  A. After forty days Christ ascended into heaven, and the day on which he ascended into heaven is called Ascension Day.

Q. 415.  Where did the ascension of Our Lord take place?  A. Christ ascended into heaven from Mount Olivet, the place made sacred by His agony on the night before His death.

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