Why Did Christ Die and Live Again?

Ayear1142ec“The transformed attitude to death (cf. Heb. 2:14, 15) springs not from any change in the character of death but from the faith of what Christ has done to death and from the living hope of what he will do in the consummation of his conquest. It is the res­urrection of Christ, the hope of resurrection after the pat­tern of his, and the re­moval of sin which is the sting of death that transform the re­lation of the believer to death.” (John Murray, The Epistle to the Romans, pp. 181–182).

“The Lordship of Christ is never suspended. The believer is never in a situation that is neu­tral or indifferent and so he must ever live in the recognition of Christ’s lordship and act in the intelligent and fully-per­suaded consciousness of devo­tion to him.” (“The Weak and the Strong” in Collected Writ­ings of John Murray, Vol. 4, p. 156).

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