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Christ Born of Mary(A)

18 Now the (B)birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child (C)of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being [a]a just man, and not wanting (D)to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, (E)for that which is [b]conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 (F)And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name [c]Jesus, (G)for He will save His people from their sins.”

22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 (H)“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and [d]did not know her till she had brought forth (I)her[e] firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 1:19 an upright
  2. Matthew 1:20 Lit. begotten
  3. Matthew 1:21 Lit. Savior
  4. Matthew 1:25 Kept her a virgin
  5. Matthew 1:25 NU a Son

The Eternal Word(A)

In the beginning (B)was the Word, and the (C)Word was (D)with God, and the Word was (E)God. (F)He was in the beginning with God. (G)All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (H)In Him was life, and (I)the life was the light of men. And (J)the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not [a]comprehend it.

John’s Witness: The True Light

There was a (K)man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a (L)witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might (M)believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that (N)Light. (O)That[b] was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.

10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and (P)the world did not know Him. 11 (Q)He came to His [c]own, and His [d]own did not receive Him. 12 But (R)as many as received Him, to them He gave the [e]right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 (S)who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

The Word Becomes Flesh

14 (T)And the Word (U)became (V)flesh and dwelt among us, and (W)we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, (X)full of grace and truth.

15 (Y)John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, (Z)‘He who comes after me [f]is preferred before me, (AA)for He was before me.’ ”

16 [g]And of His (AB)fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For (AC)the law was given through Moses, but (AD)grace and (AE)truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 (AF)No one has seen God at any time. (AG)The only begotten [h]Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

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Footnotes

  1. John 1:5 Or overcome
  2. John 1:9 Or That was the true Light which, coming into the world, gives light to every man.
  3. John 1:11 His own things or domain
  4. John 1:11 His own people
  5. John 1:12 authority
  6. John 1:15 ranks higher than I
  7. John 1:16 NU For
  8. John 1:18 NU God

34 (A)Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, (B)who is even at the right hand of God, (C)who also makes intercession for us.

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The Risen Christ, Faith’s Reality(A)

15 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel (B)which I preached to you, which also you received and (C)in which you stand, (D)by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless (E)you believed in vain.

For (F)I delivered to you first of all that (G)which I also received: that Christ died for our sins (H)according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day (I)according to the Scriptures, (J)and that He was seen by [a]Cephas, then (K)by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have [b]fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then (L)by all the apostles. (M)Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.

For I am (N)the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because (O)I persecuted the church of God. 10 But (P)by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, (Q)yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 11 Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

The Risen Christ, Our Hope(R)

12 Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, (S)then Christ is not risen. 14 And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. 15 Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because (T)we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. 16 For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. 17 And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; (U)you are still in your sins! 18 Then also those who have [c]fallen (V)asleep in Christ have perished. 19 (W)If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.

The Last Enemy Destroyed

20 But now (X)Christ is risen from the dead, and has become (Y)the firstfruits of those who have [d]fallen asleep. 21 For (Z)since by man came death, (AA)by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall (AB)be made alive. 23 But (AC)each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. 24 Then comes the end, when He delivers (AD)the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign (AE)till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 (AF)The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 27 For (AG)“He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. 28 (AH)Now when all things are made subject to Him, then (AI)the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.

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21 For (A)He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become (B)the righteousness of God in Him.

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The Law Brings a Curse

10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, (A)“Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” 11 But that no one is [a]justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for (B)“the just shall live by faith.” 12 Yet (C)the law is not of faith, but (D)“the man who does them shall live by them.”

13 (E)Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, (F)“Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), 14 (G)that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the (H)Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive (I)the promise of the Spirit through faith.

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Footnotes

  1. Galatians 3:11 declared righteous

(A)In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to (B)the riches of His grace

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who, (A)being in the form of God, did not consider it [a]robbery to be equal with God, (B)but [b]made Himself of no reputation, taking the form (C)of a bondservant, and (D)coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and (E)became (F)obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. (G)Therefore God also (H)has highly exalted Him and (I)given Him the name which is above every name, 10 (J)that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and (K)that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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  1. Philippians 2:6 Or something to be held onto to be equal
  2. Philippians 2:7 emptied Himself of His privileges

15 He is (A)the image of the invisible God, (B)the firstborn over all creation. 16 For (C)by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or (D)dominions or [a]principalities or [b]powers. All things were created (E)through Him and for Him. 17 (F)And He is before all things, and in Him (G)all things consist. 18 And (H)He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, (I)the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

Reconciled in Christ

19 For it pleased the Father that (J)in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and (K)by Him to reconcile (L)all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, (M)having made peace through the blood of His cross.

21 And you, (N)who once were alienated and enemies in your mind (O)by wicked works, yet now He has (P)reconciled 22 (Q)in the body of His flesh through death, (R)to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— 23 if indeed you continue (S)in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are (T)not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, (U)which was preached to every creature under heaven, (V)of which I, Paul, became a minister.

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Footnotes

  1. Colossians 1:16 rulers
  2. Colossians 1:16 authorities

25 Therefore He is also (A)able to save [a]to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives (B)to make intercession for them.

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  1. Hebrews 7:25 completely or forever

13 For if (A)the blood of bulls and goats and (B)the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, [a]sanctifies for the [b]purifying of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without [c]spot to God, (C)cleanse your conscience from (D)dead works (E)to serve the living God? 15 And for this reason (F)He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that (G)those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

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  1. Hebrews 9:13 sets apart
  2. Hebrews 9:13 cleansing
  3. Hebrews 9:14 blemish

Hold Fast Your Confession

19 Therefore, brethren, having (A)boldness[a] to enter (B)the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,

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  1. Hebrews 10:19 confidence

21 For (A)to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for [a]us, (B)leaving [b]us an example, that you should follow His steps:

22 “Who(C) committed no sin,
Nor was deceit found in His mouth”;

23 (D)who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but (E)committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 (F)who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, (G)that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—(H)by whose [c]stripes you were healed. 25 For (I)you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned (J)to the Shepherd and [d]Overseer of your souls.

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  1. 1 Peter 2:21 NU you
  2. 1 Peter 2:21 NU, M you
  3. 1 Peter 2:24 wounds
  4. 1 Peter 2:25 Gr. Episkopos

The Test of Knowing Christ

My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, (A)we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And (B)He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but (C)also for the whole world.

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