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“Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! We now rejoice with gladness; Christ will end all sadness.”

BibleGateway: 1 Corinthians 15:35-58

ESV Text: 1 Corinthians 15:35-58

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 3:28 and ends at about 6:14

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     35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? 36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: 37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: 38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. 40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

     51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

     58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 195:
Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands

— Organ Audio

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1. Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands, 
For our offenses given; 
But now at God’s right hand He stands 
And brings us life from heaven; 
Therefore let us joyful be 
And sing to God right thankfully 
Loud songs of hallelujah! 

2. It was a strange and dreadful strife 
When Life and Death contended; 
The victory remained with Life, 
The reign of Death was ended; 
Holy Scripture plainly saith 
That Death is swallowed up by Death, 
His sting is lost forever. 

3. Here the true Paschal Lamb we see, 
Whom God so freely gave us; 
He died on the accursed tree- 
So strong His love!-to save us. 
See, His blood doth mark our door; 
Faith points to it, Death passes o’er, 
And Satan cannot harm us. 

4. So let us keep the festival 
Whereto the Lord invites us; 
Christ is himself the Joy of all, 
The Sun that warms and lights us. 
By His grace He doth impart 
Eternal sunshine to the heart; 
The night of sin is ended. 

5. Then let us feast this Easter Day 
On Christ, the Bread of heaven; 
The Word of Grace hath purged away 
The old and evil leaven. 
Christ alone our souls will feed, 
He is our meat and drink indeed; 
Faith lives upon no other.