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Lord's Day 22


57   Q.    How does "the resurrection of the body" comfort you?


       A.    Not only my soul

will be taken immediately after this life

to Christ its head,1

but even my very flesh, raised by the power of Christ,

will be reunited with my soul

and made like Christ's glorious* body.2


1 Luke 23:43; Phil. 1:21-23

2 1 Cor. 15:20, 42-46, 54; Phil. 3:21; 1 John 3:2


58   Q.    How does the article concerning "life everlasting" comfort you?


       A.    Even as I already now

experience in my heart

the beginning of eternal joy,1

              so after this life I will have

perfect blessedness such as

no eye has seen,

no ear has heard,

no man has ever imagined:

a blessedness in which to praise God eternally.2


1 Rom. 14:17

2 John 17:3; 1 Cor. 2:9

* The first edition had here the German word for "holy." This was later corrected to the German word for "glorious."



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