Orthodox Christianity 101

Resurrection and Eternal Life

In Orthodox theology, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the cornerstone of the Christian faith, affirming victory over sin, death, and the powers of evil. As the "firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep" (1 Corinthians 15:20), Christ's resurrection inaugurates the new creation and guarantees the future resurrection of all humanity. Belief in the bodily resurrection underscores the continuity and transformation of human existence, as believers await the general resurrection and the restoration of all things in Christ. Eternal life, understood as communion with God in the kingdom of heaven, is not merely a future reward but a present reality experienced through faith, baptism, and participation in the life of the Church. It entails the fulfillment of God's promises, the eradication of death and suffering, and the enjoyment of unending communion with the Holy Trinity and the communion of saints.
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