Mystery and Victory

50 I tell you this, brothers: (A)flesh and blood (B)cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. (C)We shall not all sleep, (D)but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For (E)the trumpet will sound, and (F)the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and (G)this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

(H)“Death is swallowed up in victory.”

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13 so that he may (A)establish your hearts blameless in holiness before (B)our God and Father, at (C)the coming of our Lord Jesus (D)with all his saints.

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The Coming of the Lord

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, (A)that you may not grieve as others do (B)who have no hope. 14 For (C)since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him (D)those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you (E)by a word from the Lord,[a] that (F)we who are alive, who are left until (G)the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For (H)the Lord himself will descend (I)from heaven (J)with a cry of command, with the voice of (K)an archangel, and (L)with the sound of the trumpet of God. And (M)the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be (N)caught up together with them (O)in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so (P)we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:15 Or by the word of the Lord

Preach the Word

(A)I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, (B)who is to judge the living and the dead, and by (C)his appearing and his kingdom:

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13 (A)waiting for our blessed (B)hope, the (C)appearing of the glory of our great (D)God and Savior Jesus Christ,

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You also, be patient. (A)Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord (B)is at hand.

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The Seventh Trumpet

15 Then (A)the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and (B)there were loud voices in heaven, saying, (C)“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of (D)his Christ, and (E)he shall reign forever and ever.”

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