Ch. 1 – The Whole Christ

  1. What are the three ways that man may influence posterity? Describe.
  1. What is the first great link in relation to teaching?
  1. What is the second great link in relation to example?
  1. Why aren’t teaching and example the only ways in which Jesus Christ influences posterity?

  1. What does Fulton Sheen say has led to the decay among Christian sects?

  1. Why is Christianity more than a memory?

  1. What is the third great link in relation to His continuing Life?
  1. Why is the fullness of the Christ-Life, ‘beating and throbbing at this very hour in millions of souls’? Explain.
  1. What is the new way in which Christ lives in the world?

Section 1:

  1. Explain the Eternal Generation of Christ. Explain the Temporal Generation of Christ.
  1. What was His Earthly Life?
  1. What was His Glorified Life?
  1. What are the two reasons for Christ’s glorification?
  1. What is the Mystical Life of Christ? Why is this a vital part of His Life?
  1. When was the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church formed? Explain both.
  1. What is the difference between the Mystical Union between Christian and Christ.
  1. What happens to those who consider His physical Life alone? What about those who only consider His heavenly Life of glory?
  1. What are the Gospels a record and a promise of?
  1. What parts of the Bible are the records of His Mystical Life?
  1. Are His human and divine motives one from the moment of the Incarnation?
  1. In His Mystical Life, are the Church, His Body, and He the Head one Person?
  1. How is Jesus still among us?
  1. Finish the quote, ”If you do not believe that He is God…”
  1. Can life on earth be divorced from a body?

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  1. Chap. 1
    1. Three ways that man may influence posterity is by teaching, example and …. Christ–the Mystical Life.
    By teaching-anyone whoever wrote or spoke profound truths may yet be heard from the grave.
    By example-Our Lord can influence our day, because He has left us the beautiful example of a holy, moral Life which we should follow.
    By the Mystical Life-Our Lord lived in Galilee; forty days after His Resurrection He ascended into heaven where He sits at the right hand of the Father.
    2.Scriptures contain the teaching of Christ between the past and the present, between His earthly Life and our modern existence.
    3. Christ can be our example who came down from heavens to teach us what manner of men God from all eternity has wished us to be.
    4.Being God, He can perpetuate Himself not only by His teaching and His example but also by His continuing Life, which belongs to Him alone as God.
    5. The decay of Christianity among sects is that there is no great tendency to regard it only as a memory of a man who taught and lived.
    6. Christianity is something more than a memory, because our Lord is something more than a man, He is true God and true man.
    7.Our Lord lives in the world differently than when He lived in Galilee, forty days after His resurrection He ascended into heaven where H sits at the right hand of the Father. He must live on earth today in a different way from His Life of 1900 years ago, and in a way other than that in which He inhabits heaven. This new way is called His Mystical Life.
    8.It is the fullness of that Christ-Life beating and throbbing at this very hour in millions of souls, which gives flesh and blood to His teaching and His example.
    9. This new way Christ lives in the world, is called His Mystical Life.

    Section 1
    1.From all eternity the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity is eternally generated by the heavenly Father in the ecstasy of the first and real paternity: “Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee.” It was because of this Eternal Life in the Godhead that He could say, “Before Abraham was, I am.”
    The Eternal generation of the Son of God has its temporal counterpart in the early generation of the Son of man in the womb of the Blessed Mother, whom whom was born Jesus Christ, possess of a Divine Nature from eternity, a human nature in time, and of both united in the oneness of the Person of the Son of God.
    2.His early Life began in the manger at Bethlehem, continue through the obedience of thirty years at Nazareth, the three years of teaching, the three hours on the cross, the three days in the grave, and the forty days of Risen Life before ascending into heaven, leaving us an example to walk in His steps..
    3.During the forty days which followed His resurrection our Lord has completed His instruction concerning His Kingdom on earth, and now can say to His Father: “I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do, and now Glorify Thou Me, O Father, with the glory which I had, before the world was, with Thee” (Jn 17:4-5).
    4.The first is because He is God’s own Son. “I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world. Again I leave the world, and I go to the Father” (Jn 16:28
    The second is because He has humbled Himself and therefore shall be exalted. “Who emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant……that the Son Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father” (Phil 2:7-11)
    5. The new presence of Christ on earth in His Church is the third phase of the complete Life of Christ, and in order to demarcate it from His physical Life and from His Glorified Life, tradition has called it the Mystical Life.
    In His Mystical Life, He unites to Himself all those human natures throughout the world who receive His Spirit.
    6. He has a Mystical Body, the Church, taken from the womb of humanity overshadowed by the same Pentecostal Sprit.
    7. Of course, the Mystical union between the Christian and Christ is not the same as the union of His Divine and Human natures in His person. The former is by grace and accidental, the latter is personal and substantial.
    8.Those who consider His physical Life alone, either develop a sentimental spirituality or else end by regarding Him merely as a good man and a teacher of humanitarian ethers.
    Those who consider Him only in His heavenly Life of glory, regard Him as an absentee landlord, disregarding both His promise to send His Spirit, and His abiding interest in the souls which He came to save.
    9.The Gospels are a record of His early Life, and the promises of the Glorified and Mystical Lives; the Acts of the Apostles and the Epistles of Paul, Peter, James, John, and Jude are the records of the Mystical Life. Christ is not divided, He did not leave us orphans; He is with us and more intimately than we are with ourselves.

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