But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, »Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,
nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
Then we who are alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.
Let brotherly love continue.
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.«
But the angel said to the women, »Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.
He is not here; for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.
And the angel said to her, »Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.
»Glory to God in the highest,and on earth peace among menwith whom he is pleased!«
By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: he was revealed in the flesh,was vindicated in the Spirit,seen by angels,preached among the nations,believed on in the world,taken up in glory.
Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?
And as they were gazing intently into the sky while he was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them.
They also said, »Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched him go into heaven.«
Then the angel said to them, »Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be to all the people.