The Quick and the Dead

I was at a church recently that was working its way through the Heidelberg Catechism as a means of confession of faith. This particular Sunday, they were on question number 46:

Q. What do you mean by saying,
“He ascended to heaven”?

A. That Christ, while his disciples watched, was taken up from the earth into heaven and remains there on our behalf until he comes again to judge the living and the dead.

This is obviously a newer translation because the older renditions refer to the living and the dead as the quick and the dead. You will also find the same references in new adaptations of the Apostles’ Creed.

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