Devotional on Larger Catechism Q&A 38

Devotional on Larger Catechism Q&A 38

Devotional on Westminster Larger Catechism Q&A 38

Q&A 38: What benefits do believers receive from Christ at the resurrection?

A: “At the resurrection, believers being raised up in glory, shall be openly acknowledged and acquitted in the day of judgment, and made perfectly blessed in the full enjoying of God to all eternity.”

Reflection

The resurrection is a cornerstone of Christian hope, a glorious future event where the faith of believers in Christ culminates in a dramatic and eternal transformation. This final act of redemption not only brings about the resurrection of the body but also secures the believer’s eternal joy and fellowship with God.

Raised Up in Glory

The promise of the resurrection is not merely a return to life but a transformation into glory. This mirrors the resurrection of Christ, as described in 1 Corinthians 15:42-43, “So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.” Believers will receive bodies free from pain, suffering, and the limitations imposed by sin.

Openly Acknowledged and Acquitted

On the day of judgment, believers will not only be raised but also openly acknowledged and acquitted by Christ. This public declaration of their faith and Christ’s atoning work on their behalf is a profound vindication of their trust in Him. Matthew 25:34 captures this moment beautifully, “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.'”

Perfectly Blessed in Full Enjoyment of God

The ultimate benefit of the resurrection is not merely eternal life, but the perfect and full enjoyment of God forever. This is the essence of eternal life—that they know God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent (John 17:3). Believers will experience unhindered fellowship, joy, and communion with God, free from the presence and power of sin.

Application

Hope in Trials: When facing suffering or trials, remember the resurrection. Your present struggles are not worthy to be compared with the glory that will be revealed in us (Romans 8:18).

Live in Holiness: As we anticipate our resurrection bodies, let us strive to live in holiness and honor God with our bodies, which are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

Evangelistic Zeal: Knowing the glorious future that awaits believers and the stark contrast for those outside Christ, be motivated to share the gospel fervently and compassionately.

    Conclusion

    The resurrection promises a future of unimaginable beauty and joy for those who are in Christ. As we navigate the challenges of this life, let us keep our eyes fixed on this promised transformation and ultimate vindication. Let us live now in light of that eternal day, growing in grace, and anticipating with joy our perfect fellowship with God. Amen.