Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Profession of Faith 171 us in God’s grace, “so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” 526 Justification consists in both victory over the death caused by sin and a new participation in grace. 527 It brings about filial adoption so that men become Christ’s brethren, as Jesus himself called his disciples after his Resurrection: “Go and tell my brethren.” 528 We are brethren not by nature, but by the gift of grace, because that adoptive filiation gains us a real share in the life of the only Son, which was fully revealed in his Resurrection. 655 Finally, Christ’s Resurrection—and the risenChrist himself—​ is the principle and source of our future resurrection: “Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.​ . . . For as inAdam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” 529 The risen Christ lives in the hearts of his faithful while they await that fulfillment. In Christ, Christians “have tasted . . . the powers of the age to come” 530 and their lives are swept up by Christ into the heart of divine life, so that theymay “live no longer for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” 531 IN BRIEF 656 Faith in the Resurrection has as its object an event which is historically attested to by the disciples, who really encountered the Risen One. At the same time, this event is mysteriously transcendent insofar as it is the entry of Christ’s humanity into the glory of God. 657 The empty tomb and the linen cloths lying there sig- nify in themselves that by God’s power Christ’s body had escaped the bonds of death and corruption. They prepared the disciples to encounter the Risen Lord. 658 Christ, “the first-born from the dead” ( Col 1:18), is the principle of our own resurrection, even now by the justification of our souls (cf. Rom 6:4), and one day by the new life he will impart to our bodies (cf. Rom 8:11). 526 Rom 6:4; cf. 4:25. 527 Cf. Eph 2:4-5; 1 Pet 1:3. 528 Mt 28:10; Jn 20:17. 529 1 Cor 15:20-22. 530 Heb 6:5. 531 2 Cor 5:15; cf. Col 3:1-3. 1987 1996 989 1002