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Son Of Man

December 28, 2013

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A Look at the Son of Man

The Jewish Messiah is the most important person in all of human history.
For the Jew and none Jew.

The oldest historical writings about the one who can reconcile Creator God and His Creation.

Christmas celebrates the arrival, birth of the King of the Universe.
Christmas has two root words. Christ and Mass.
Christ = Messiah
Mass = Celebration

The Old Testament foretells of this Messiah to come.

[Mat 2:3 ESV] When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him;
[Mat 2:4 ESV] and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
[Mat 2:5 ESV] They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
[Mat 2:6 ESV] "'And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.'"
[Mat 2:7 ESV] Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared.

This Messiah is everything a Cosmic Ruler would need, wrapped up into One Super Dude.
He would have to be, if He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.


The Prophet, Priest, King
He is the subject and the object


Nicene Creed
The purpose of a creed is to act as a yardstick of correct belief, or orthodoxy.
Some would come along with a heresy and the Church would come together, sort out the Scriptures, compile the Truths and come to a conclusion or Bedrock Doctrine of Truth on various topics.
These Truths
Nicene Creed Composed around 325AD to combat forms of heresy.
The big one was Arianism; That Jesus was not fully God.


Nicene Creed
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Son of Man: One of the Titles Jesus used most frequent when referring to Himself was “Son of Man”.

The Ancient of Days: God the Father
[Dan 7:9 ESV] "As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire.
[Dan 7:10 ESV] A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.
[Dan 7:12 ESV] As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.
[Dan 7:13 ESV] "I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.
[Dan 7:14 ESV] And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.

What did the vision mean?

[Dan 7:27 ESV] And the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; his kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.'

Son of Man: kenosis, emptied of deity.
[Phl 2:4 ESV] Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
[Phl 2:5 ESV] Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
[Phl 2:6 ESV] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
[Phl 2:7 ESV] but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
[Phl 2:8 ESV] And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
[Phl 2:9 ESV] Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
[Phl 2:10 ESV] so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
[Phl 2:11 ESV] and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Hypostatic Union: God Man
[Hbr 1:1 ESV] Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,
[Hbr 1:2 ESV] but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.
[Hbr 1:3 ESV] He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
[Hbr 1:4 ESV] having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

Hypostatic means personal. The hypostatic union is the personal union of Jesus’ two natures.
100% God
100% Human

Immanuel
[Isa 7:14 ESV] Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
[Mat 1:23 ESV] "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel" (which means, God with us).

Emptied of His own Divinity, Filled with the Holy Spirit;
[Mar 1:9 ESV] In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
[Mar 1:10 ESV] And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.
[Mar 1:11 ESV] And a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased."
[Mar 1:12 ESV] The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.


In order for mankind to be reconciled to God one human had to be perfect.
[Hbr 4:14 ESV] Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
[Hbr 4:15 ESV] For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
[Hbr 4:16 ESV] Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

How did Jesus do it? How did He not sin?

First Adam, Last Adam Comparison
[1Cr 15:45 ESV] Thus it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
[1Cr 15:46 ESV] But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual.
[1Cr 15:47 ESV] The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.
[1Cr 15:48 ESV] As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.
[1Cr 15:49 ESV] Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.

First Adam:
From the earth.
Sinless, Did not have an internal desire to be evil
The perfect human
Not Ignorant, He had knowledge. Why, God instructed him.
Don’t eat of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and evil.

Evil was an external source,
Delivered by a lie, miss-information.

The capacity to corrupt God’s creation was evident, if the source of the corruption was external to the creation.

Did not have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Last Adam:
From Heaven
God;
Sinless, No internal desire for evil.
The Perfect Human
Emptied Himself of His Deity
Filled Himself with the Deity of the Holy Spirit.

Evil: external Source
Jesus was not impressed.

Jesus had to take on human form to be the perfect sacrifice for sin.

The one MAJOR difference that cannot be overlooked is that Jesus was filled with 3rd Person of the Trinity.
He was Holy Spirit Fortified!

The conclusion is always the same.
The Capacity to corrupt the Creator is impossible.

1. Born Sinless: Born Perfect, He was the Perfect Man. No internal desire of evil.
2. Filled with the Holy Spirit. Although Jesus emptied Himself of His Deity, He was empowered by the Holy Spirit.

The High Priest & King
[Hbr 5:4 ESV] And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.
[Hbr 5:5 ESV] So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, "You are my Son, today I have begotten you";
[Hbr 5:6 ESV] as he says also in another place, "You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek."
[Hbr 5:7 ESV] In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.
[Hbr 5:8 ESV] Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.
[Hbr 5:9 ESV] And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,
[Hbr 5:10 ESV] being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.


Like a son of man
[Rev 1:12 ESV] Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands,
[Rev 1:13 ESV] and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest.
[Rev 1:14 ESV] The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire,
[Rev 1:15 ESV] his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters.
[Rev 1:16 ESV] In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.
[Rev 1:17 ESV] When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, "Fear not, I am the first and the last,
[Rev 1:18 ESV] and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.

Our Response!
[1Pe 1:3 ESV] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
[1Pe 1:4 ESV] to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,
[1Pe 1:5 ESV] who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.





Great resource.
http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/what-is-the-hypostatic-union

Son of Man

1 Corinthians 16,  Be Men

1 Corinthians 16, Be Men

December 17, 2013

You can learn about how the Corinth church was established in Act 18

 

A Collection for Jerusalem

[1Cr 16:1 ESV] Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do.

[1Cr 16:2 ESV] On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come.

[1Cr 16:3 ESV] And when I arrive, I will send those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem.

[1Cr 16:4 ESV] If it seems advisable that I should go also, they will accompany me.

 

Concerning the Jerusalem Church at this time. 

Jerusalem:  The suffering hub.   First from the Jews

And Paul was in the mix of it.

[Act 8:1 ESV] And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.

 

Second from the government.  Local King Herod. 

[Act 12:1 ESV] About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church.

[Act 12:2 ESV] He killed James the brother of John with the sword,

[Act 12:3 ESV] and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread.

 

I will be back

[1Cr 16:5 ESV] I will visit you after passing through Macedonia, for I intend to pass through Macedonia,

[1Cr 16:6 ESV] and perhaps I will stay with you or even spend the winter, so that you may help me on my journey, wherever I go.

[1Cr 16:7 ESV] For I do not want to see you now just in passing. I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits.

 

Ministry Opportunity.. . . . . . ..  w/ adversaries

[1Cr 16:8 ESV] But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost,

[1Cr 16:9 ESV] for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

 

Sending Timothy not Apollos

[1Cr 16:10 ESV] When Timothy comes, see that you put him at ease among you, for he is doing the work of the Lord, as I am.

[1Cr 16:11 ESV] So let no one despise him. Help him on his way in peace, that he may return to me, for I am expecting him with the brothers.

[1Cr 16:12 ESV] Now concerning our brother Apollos, I strongly urged him to visit you with the other brothers, but it was not at all his will to come now. He will come when he has opportunity.

 

Apollos was a visiting servant.  

Had a good idea as to the struggles of the church.

[1Cr 1:10 ESV] I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.

[1Cr 1:11 ESV] For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers.

[1Cr 1:12 ESV] What I mean is that each one of you says, "I follow Paul," or "I follow Apollos," or "I follow Cephas," or "I follow Christ."

[1Cr 1:13 ESV] Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

 

An Exhortation

[1Cr 16:13 ESV]

1.      Be watchful, “for what”?  

a.      The World

b.      The Flesh

c.      The devil

 

2.      stand firm in the faith,  “How”?  

a.      You have to know what the Bible teaches.

 

3.      act like men,

 

Even 2 thousand years ago, everyone knows what this means.

In the mind of all people is the “ideal of a man”  

               Some of those traits.  

                              Provider, Protector, Patient Teacher,

 

4.      be strong.

 

How can we yield to Christ and yet be strong?

 

Paul explains his struggle.

[2Cr 12:7 ESV] So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.

[2Cr 12:8 ESV] Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.

[2Cr 12:9 ESV] But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

[2Cr 12:10 ESV] For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 

What are your excuses? 

          Spouse, kids, job, Time?

 

Real Issue:  Not Important to you.

 

Your Spiritual Check List.

[Eph 6:13 ESV] Therefore take up the whole armor of God,  that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

[Eph 6:14 ESV] Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

[Eph 6:15 ESV] and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.

[Eph 6:16 ESV] In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;

[Eph 6:17 ESV] and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,

[Eph 6:18 ESV] praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

 

Tools:  

A good Bible.

www.Biblegateway.org

www.blueletterbible.org

www.bible.is

The Orthodox Presbyterian Church Catechism,

http://www.opc.org/lc.html

 

For Mobile:   Christian Creeds & Reformed Co

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.wsc.ccrc

www.cbd.com

Bible apps abound! 

 

Topical Studies

               CBD, look under Bible Study

 

[1Cr 16:14 ESV] Let all that you do be done in love.

It takes Courage, Self-Sacrifice and hope of Reward; you will be satisfied, fulfilled.

 

Root to Fruit: To obey God & Follow Jesus, feels like you might lose something.

               Sinful pleasure, Friends, Family, 

 

 

Paul encourages them to follow Stephanas

[1Cr 16:15 ESV] Now I urge you, brothers--you know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints--

[1Cr 16:16 ESV] be subject to such as these, and to every fellow worker and laborer.

[1Cr 16:17 ESV] I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because they have made up for your absence,

[1Cr 16:18 ESV] for they refreshed my spirit as well as yours. Give recognition to such people.

 

Everyone says “Hi”

[1Cr 16:19 ESV] The churches of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord.

[1Cr 16:20 ESV] All the brothers send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss.

[1Cr 16:21 ESV] I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand.

 

 

A Doubled-edged Blessing. True and soberly painful.

[1Cr 16:22 ESV] If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come!

 

Ain’t no small saying. . .

[1Cr 16:23 ESV] The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.

[1Cr 16:24 ESV] My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

1 Cor. Chapter 16

1 Corinthians 15, Part II;  Life after Life  Oh-Yeah!

1 Corinthians 15, Part II; Life after Life Oh-Yeah!

December 7, 2013

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Remember the Good News! The Gospel!!!
[1Cr 15:1 ESV] Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand,
[1Cr 15:2 ESV] and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you--unless you believed in vain.
[1Cr 15:3 ESV] For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,

[1Cr 15:28 ESV] When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.

[1Cr 15:29 ESV] Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf?

There appears to have been some obscure practice, of baptizing for the dead. Living people hoping the practice of baptism vicariously effected loved ones who had passed away.

Not common
Not continued anywhere in Church history, from the NT to now.
Cults seem to like this practice. Mormons.
*Theologically, Is a Major Conflict with the Gospel. Jesus Christ + . . . . . nothing.

Jesus Christ + ________ = Salvation (Go to Heaven)
If you add anything, you must keep track
Also, Christ is diminished

Works, Baptism, Sacraments, Church Authority,

Foundational Theology on Salvation: 5 Solas
1, Sola fide ("by faith alone")
Faith (That Jesus saved you) produces works, = root, fruit
Not: Faith + Works = You and Jesus save you.
The Catholic Church taught that we are justified by faith and the works that we produce, which the righteousness that God infuses in us through faith brings about. 

2. Sola scriptura ("by Scripture alone")
When it comes to theology and practice what is absolute source?
The Bible + . . . . . . ? = Authority thus Salvation.
Church counsels, “sacred” traditions and The Pope.
Church history, traditions are very useful in that they force us back to the original collection of writings (the Bible). 
 
3. Sola gratia ("by grace alone")
Grace + . . . . . .? = Salvation? The Sinless Life of Christ & The Substitutionary Atonement of Christ.
Works? Catholics have a merit system. Because the Sacrifice of Christ is not enough. People need additional ways to add to their scale of right and wrong. Penance, good works, Sacraments and Indulgencies.
The Catholic Church taught that we are saved through a combination of God's grace, the merits that we accumulate through penance and good works, and the superfluity of merits that the saints before us accumulated; the reformers responded,
4. Solus Christus or Solo Christo ("Christ alone")
The Catholic Church taught that we are saved by the merits of Christ and the saints, and that we approach God through Christ, the saints, and Mary, who all pray and intercede for us.
5. Soli Deo gloria ("glory to God alone")
Who gets the Glory for you going to Heaven?
If you did any form of works for your salvation, you get some credit.
the glory for a sinner's salvation could be attributed partly to Christ, partly to Mary and the saints, and partly to the sinner himself.

Jesus Christ + NOTHING = Salvation

[Gal 2:15 ESV] We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners;
[Gal 2:16 ESV] yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

[Eph 2:8 ESV] For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
[Eph 2:9 ESV] not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
[Eph 2:10 ESV] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Back to baptism for the dead. Blip on the radar of bad practices. Paul was simply using the bad practice to make the argument of where are they placing their hope if there is no resurrection?

(If there is no resurrection. . . .)

[1Cr 15:30 ESV] Why are we in danger every hour?
[1Cr 15:31 ESV] I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day!
[1Cr 15:32 ESV] What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die."

[1Cr 15:33 ESV] Do not be deceived: "Bad company ruins good morals."
[1Cr 15:34 ESV] Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.

Whoa; Direct application: Fellowship and Discipleship. “For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.”

More details. .. What is the resurrection like?
[1Cr 15:35 ESV] But someone will ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?"
[1Cr 15:36 ESV] You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.
[1Cr 15:37 ESV] And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain.
[1Cr 15:38 ESV] But God gives it a body as He has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.

Different Designs in the Universe from earth to space.
[1Cr 15:39 ESV] For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.

Different Glories: Highest Purpose in beauty and design
[1Cr 15:40 ESV] There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another.
[1Cr 15:41 ESV] There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

Get ready for the upgrade!
[1Cr 15:42 ESV] So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.
[1Cr 15:43 ESV] It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.
[1Cr 15:44 ESV] It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.

Paul refers to Genesis again:
[1Cr 15:45 ESV] Thus it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

The Sequential Order of God’s design
[1Cr 15:46 ESV] But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual.
[1Cr 15:47 ESV] The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.
[1Cr 15:48 ESV] As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.

The Image of Christ; Same design!
[1Cr 15:49 ESV] Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.
[1Cr 15:50 ESV] I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.

Christians in the last day are going to experience something REALLY COOL!
[1Cr 15:51 ESV] Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
[1Cr 15:52 ESV] 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.

A Transformation; death to life.
[1Cr 15:53 ESV] For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.
[1Cr 15:54 ESV] When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."
[1Cr 15:55 ESV] "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?"
[1Cr 15:56 ESV] The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

Victory over death Through Jesus Christ!
[1Cr 15:57 ESV] But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Where are your priorities? Get to Work talking about Jesus.

[1Cr 15:58 ESV] Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Christmas is a great time to spend on your discipleship.  
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