Are we a People to be Pitied?

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April 21, 2019 by directorfsm

WISHING RESURRECTION SUNDAY BLESSINGS FROM ALL OF US AT FAITHFUL STEWARD AND FAITH BUILDERS MINISTRIES TO ALL OF YOU AND YOURS.

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Christ is risen! Hallelujah

Christ is risen! Hallelujah!

Risen our victorious Head;

Sing His praises; Hallelujah!

Christ is risen from the dead.

Gratefully our hearts adore Him,

As His light once more appears;

Bowing down in joy before Him,

Rising up from griefs and tears.

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Christ is risen: Hallelujah!

Risen our victorious Head;

Sing His praises; Hallelujah!

Christ is risen from the dead.

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Christ is risen! All the sadness

Of His earthly life is o’er;

Through the open gates of gladness

He returns to life once more;

Death and hell before Him bending,

He doth rise the Victor now,

Angels on His steps attending,

Glory round His wounded brow.

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Christ is risen! Henceforth never

Death nor hell shall us enthrall;

We are Christ’s, in Him forever

We have triumphed over all;

All the doubting and dejection

Of our trembling hearts have ceased,

’Tis His day of resurrection;

Let us rise and keep the feast.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible – Unabridged – Also known as JamiesonFausset and Brown

VERSE 19

If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

If our hopes in Christ were limited to this life only, we should be, of all men, most robe pitied-namely, because, while others live unmolested, we are exposed to every trial, and after all are doomed to disappointment in our cherished hope; for our salvation, even of the soul (not merely of the body), hangs on Christ’s resurrection,without which His death would not avail us (Ephesians 1:19-201 Peter 1:3). The pagan are “without hope” (Ephesians 2:121 Thessalonians 4:13). We should be even worse, for we should be also without present enjoyment (1 Corinthians 4:9). The immortality of the soul apart from the body is not in Scripture made our hope, but in connection with the raised body.

Verse 20

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

Now – as the case really is.

And become. Omitted in ‘Aleph (‘) A B Delta G f g, Vulgate.

The first-fruits – the earliest and most costly, and so consecrated to God; the earnest that the whole resurrection harvest will follow, so that our faith is not vain, nor our hope limited to this life. An appropriate image, for this letter was written about the Passover (1 Corinthians 5:7): the day after the Passover Sabbath was that for offering else first-fruits (Leviticus 23:10-11); the same was the day of Christ’s resurrection (Colossians 1:18Revelation 1:5).

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