FIFTH ARTICLE (CONTINUED): "The third day He arose again from the
necessarily know two things: the glory of God and the punishment of
For being attracted by His glory and made fearful by punishments, we
warning and withdraw ourselves from sin. But for us to appreciate
facts is very difficult. Thus, it is said of God's glory: "But the
that are in heaven, who shall search out?"1 For those who are
minded this is indeed difficult, because "he that is of the earth,
earth he is, and of the earth he speaketh;"2 but it is easier for
spiritually minded, because, "he that cometh from above is above
said in the same place. Accordingly, God descended from heaven and
incarnate to teach us heavenly things. Once it was difficult to know
the punishments of hell: "no man hath been known to have returned
hell,"3 as it is said in the person of the wicked. But this cannot
now, for just as Christ descended from heaven to teach us heavenly
so also He came back from the region of hell to teach us about it.
therefore, necessary that we believe not only that Christ was made
died, but also that He arose again from the dead. Therefore, it is
the Creed: "The third day He arose again from the dead."
that many arose from the dead, such as Lazarus,4 the son of the
and the daughter of the Ruler of the synagogue.6 But the
of Christ differed from the resurrection of these and of all
in four points.