30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus,(A) who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness,(B) holiness(C) and redemption.(D)

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For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.(A)

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yet for us there is but one God,(A) the Father,(B) from whom all things came(C) and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord,(D) Jesus Christ, through whom all things came(E) and through whom we live.

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The Resurrection of Christ

15 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel(A) I preached to you,(B) which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved,(C) if you hold firmly(D) to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I received(E) I passed on to you(F) as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins(G) according to the Scriptures,(H) that he was buried,(I) that he was raised(J) on the third day(K) according to the Scriptures,(L) and that he appeared to Cephas,[b](M) and then to the Twelve.(N) After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.(O) Then he appeared to James,(P) then to all the apostles,(Q) and last of all he appeared to me also,(R) as to one abnormally born.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 15:3 Or you at the first
  2. 1 Corinthians 15:5 That is, Peter

24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom(A) to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.(B) 25 For he must reign(C) until he has put all his enemies under his feet.(D) 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.(E) 27 For he “has put everything under his feet.”[a](F) Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ.(G) 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him,(H) so that God may be all in all.(I)

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  1. 1 Corinthians 15:27 Psalm 8:6

19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.(A) And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors,(B) as though God were making his appeal through us.(C) We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.(D) 21 God made him who had no sin(E) to be sin[a] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.(F)

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  1. 2 Corinthians 5:21 Or be a sin offering

For you know the grace(A) of our Lord Jesus Christ,(B) that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor,(C) so that you through his poverty might become rich.(D)

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But when the set time had fully come,(A) God sent his Son,(B) born of a woman,(C) born under the law,(D) to redeem(E) those under the law, that we might receive adoption(F) to sonship.[a](G)

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  1. Galatians 4:5 The Greek word for adoption to sonship is a legal term referring to the full legal standing of an adopted male heir in Roman culture.

20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead(A) and seated him at his right hand(B) in the heavenly realms,(C)

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11 according to his eternal purpose(A) that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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But to each one of us(A) grace(B) has been given(C) as Christ apportioned it. This is why it[a] says:

“When he ascended on high,
    he took many captives(D)
    and gave gifts to his people.”[b](E)

(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions[c]? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended(F) higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)(G)

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  1. Ephesians 4:8 Or God
  2. Ephesians 4:8 Psalm 68:18
  3. Ephesians 4:9 Or the depths of the earth

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:(A)

Who, being in very nature[a] God,(B)
    did not consider equality with God(C) something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing(D)
    by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,(E)
    being made in human likeness.(F)
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death(G)
        even death on a cross!(H)

Therefore God exalted him(I) to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,(J)
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,(K)
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,(L)
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,(M)
    to the glory of God the Father.

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  1. Philippians 2:6 Or in the form of
  2. Philippians 2:7 Or the form

13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness(A) and brought us into the kingdom(B) of the Son he loves,(C) 14 in whom we have redemption,(D) the forgiveness of sins.(E)

The Supremacy of the Son of God

15 The Son is the image(F) of the invisible God,(G) the firstborn(H) over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created:(I) things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;(J) all things have been created through him and for him.(K) 17 He is before all things,(L) and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head(M) of the body, the church;(N) he is the beginning and the firstborn(O) from among the dead,(P) so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased(Q) to have all his fullness(R) dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile(S) to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven,(T) by making peace(U) through his blood,(V) shed on the cross.

21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies(W) in your minds(X) because of[a] your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled(Y) you by Christ’s physical body(Z) through death to present you(AA) holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation(AB)

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  1. Colossians 1:21 Or minds, as shown by

For in Christ all the fullness(A) of the Deity lives in bodily form,

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14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again,(A) and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.(B) 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord,(C) will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.(D) 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven,(E) with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel(F) and with the trumpet call of God,(G) and the dead in Christ will rise first.(H) 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left(I) will be caught up together with them in the clouds(J) to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord(K) forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another(L) with these words.

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For there is one God(A) and one mediator(B) between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,(C) who gave himself as a ransom(D) for all people. This has now been witnessed to(E) at the proper time.(F)

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16 Beyond all question, the mystery(A) from which true godliness(B) springs is great:

He appeared in the flesh,(C)
    was vindicated by the Spirit,[a]
was seen by angels,
    was preached among the nations,(D)
was believed on in the world,
    was taken up in glory.(E)

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  1. 1 Timothy 3:16 Or vindicated in spirit