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Frank Deschamps wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • In the Nicene Creed, why is it said, On the third day He rose (again)?

Frank

  { In the Nicene Creed, why does it say, "On the third day He rose 'again' " when He only rose once? }

Paul replied:

Frank,

The again in rose again means He became alive again. Jesus was physically alive, then died, and then He became physically alive again.

It doesn't refer to Jesus being resurrected a second time, but rather being physically alive again.

Peace,

Paul

Eric replied:

Frank,

Put another way, it is a common expression that when someone gets out of bed they rise.(See Matthew 8:14–15 [RSV2CE or NRSVCE]):

14 And when Jesus entered Peter's house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever; 15 he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and served him.

It's simply means to get up so someone who was dead and came back to life, gets up out of bed again and so rises again.

Eric

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