Third Article of the Apostle’s Creed: Resurrection of the Body and Life Everlasting
“Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall 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 shall be changed.”1 Corinthians 15:51-52
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I love to sing! To receive my elementary education degree, I was required to take one semester of piano. To say I was a miserable piano student would be an understatement. My piano skills were so lacking, my piano professor made me promise never to touch a piano again. He did, however, encourage me to take voice lessons.
This was one of the best suggestions ever. Voice lessons gave me the confidence to sing solos for worship, weddings, and other events. Every singer has one particular piece they would love to be able to sing well. For me, that would be the baritone solo “The Trumpet Shall Sound” from Handel’s Messiah. Based on the words of 1 Corinthians 15:51–52, this magnificent piece blends the baritone solo with a solo trumpet to paint a glorious picture of Christ’s second coming.
Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall 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 shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:51–52)
The final section of the Third Article assures the believer concerning God’s promise of eternal life with Him. At the Last Day, the Lord will return to gather all the faithful and usher in the new heaven and the new earth. We can trust this promise because life eternal was won for us through Christ’s sacrificial death and resurrection.
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. (1 Thessalonians 4:16)
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