Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Christ and the Church

The Church is also drawn by Christ to her future existence beyond time. When Christ comes again in glory, and the last enemy, death, has been destroyed (1Cor. 15.26f), when sin has been cast out and every evil overcome, and every tear has been wiped away (Rev. 7.17, 21.4), the Bride of the Lamb will appear in all her radiant beauty, without stain or wrinkle, and will enter into the unimaginable glory of the Lord. The Heavenly Jerusalem will be revealed in all its splendor (Rev. 21), which eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man ever conceived (1Cor. 2.9). The corruption of this world will pass away, and a new heaven and a new earth will appear, this present world having undergone a profound transformation that fills it with the glory of God! The risen Lord will raise up our mortal bodies, endowing them with the marvelous qualities of His own glorified body: spirituality, incorruptibility, agility, and resplendent glory (1Cor. 15. 42-44).

Fr. Jeff Fasching