Thursday, January 4

Wherein consisted Christ's humiliation after his death?

Christ's humiliation after his death consisted in his being buried,[1] and continuing in the state of the dead, and under the power of death till the third day;[2] which hath been otherwise expressed in these words, he descended into hell.
  1. I Cor. 15:3-4
    For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures . . . .
  2. Psa. 16:10
    For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
    or let your holy one see corruption.

    Acts 2:24-27, 31
    God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. For David says concerning him,

    “‘I saw the Lord always before me,
    for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;
    therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
    my flesh also will dwell in hope.
    For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
    or let your Holy One see corruption.

    Rom. 6:9
    We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.

    Matt. 12:40
    For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Question 50, Westminster Larger Catechism.

Note: A couple of years ago we had a discussion here about the phrase "descended into hell" in the Apostles Creed. This catechism seems to take the view that those words simply mean that Christ was really dead.

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