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Lord’s Day 23, 2016


I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

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Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

—1 Corinthians 15:51–57

The Song of Triumph over Death and the Grave
Ralph Erskine (1685–1752)

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Faith sings although the body dies,
The promise is enjoyed:
This mortal shall immortal rise,
And death shall be destroyed.

Where is thy killing sting, O death,
Addicted to devour?
Through grace we now despise thy wrath,
And we defy thy power.

O grave, where is thy victory?
The bolted prison, where?
Our king victorious conquered thee,
And we the conquest share.

The sting of death is sin indeed,
The strength of sin the law;
But thence our law-fulfilling Head
Did sting and strength withdraw.

Thanks to the God of victory,
Who makes us thus, by faith,
In Christ, our living Head on high,
Triumphant over death.

Then steadfast may our hearts remain,
And in his work abound;
Through whom our labors not in vain,
With such an issue crowned.

Worthy Is the Lamb (Soli Deo Gloria, 2004).

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


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Posted 2017·06·04 by David Kjos
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