“Let’s make no bones about it: If Easter isn’t good news, then there is no good news”–N.T. Wright.
“And now I stand here on trial for hope in the promise made by God to our fathers, to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly worship night and day. And for this hope I am accused by Jews, O King! Why is it thought incredible by any of you that God raises the dead?”–Paul the Apostle, Acts 26:6-8.
“So here we are in Christ who is in God, and no burglar, not even Satan himself, can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:31-39)”–A.T. Robertson.
“Christ not only died for us (substitution), but we died with Him (identification). Christ not only died for sin, bearing its penalty, but He died unto sin, breaking its power. Because we are ‘in Christ’ through the work of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13), we died with Christ. This means that we can have victory over the old sin nature that wants to control us. “How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?’ (Rom. 6:2)”–Warren Wiersbe.
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”–2 Corinthians 5:21.
“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3-4).
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