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In the west African country of Mauritania, slavery was officially abolished in 1981. In 2007, to enslave someone officially became a crime.
The challenge every year on Easter Sunday is to lead learners to find personal relevance in the story of Christ’s resurrection.
The transition from Christology to parenesis is introduced by a conditional prepositional phrase (“if you have been raised with Christ”) to which the affirmative “we have” is assumed.
The resurrection of Jesus becomes the focus of NT faith. The resurrection is the confirmation of sonship (Rom 1:4) and, as such, the cause for hope for Christians (e.g., cf. 1 Cor 15:12-19 and 1 Pet 1:3ff.).
On Friday, March 2, 2012, deadly storms affected people from Texas to Indiana to North Carolina. Indiana mom Stephanie Decker probably didn’t start her day thinking she would save her children’s lives.
Our lesson writer reminds us of the drama of Holy week in these memorable words:
The question arises: how does this hymn, which is so thoroughly christological in content, function in the Philippian letter? The issue becomes particularly sharp when we recognize that there is no inadequate view of Christ among the readers that the hymn is meant to correct.
The most Jewish understanding of incarnation appears in several passages of the NT and is clearly set forth in the identifying formula Paul cited in Rom 1:3-4: Jesus Christ, “who was descended from David according to the flesh and designated Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead.”