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Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?
In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Christ Jesus addresses his closest disciples here. In this last discourse, he has specified some of the tribulations they will encounter—such as their exclusion from synagogues and their deaths, to be perpetrated by enemies of Christ claiming to serve God with these acts (see 16:2, 3). Now he confidently assures them of triumph over the world. His words, a commentator notes, “are not idle words of hope, but are grounded in the reality of the guaranteed victory of God’s love in Jesus.”
I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; . . . For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: and that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: after that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; . . . After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
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Resources cited in this issue
GT: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 8, Luke, John. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.
RR: CSB Study Bible. Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017.
Cit. 11: Mays, James Luther, et al., eds. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Vol. 35, Galatians. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 1982–.
Cit. 17: Buttrick, George Arthur, Nolan B. Harmon, et al., eds. The Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Vol. 7, New Testament Articles, Matthew, Mark. Nashville: Abingdon, 1951–57.
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