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made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. By grace you are saved!
He also raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavens, in Christ Jesus,
For if we have been joined with Him in the likeness of His death, we will certainly also be in the likeness of His resurrection.
For we know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that sin's dominion over the body may be abolished, so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin,
since a person who has died is freed from sin's claims.
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him,
because we know that Christ, having been raised from the dead, no longer dies. Death no longer rules over Him.
For in that He died, He died to sin once for all; but in that He lives, He lives to God.
So, you too consider yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
[My goal] is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Therefore my heart is glad, and my spirit rejoices; my body also rests securely.
For You will not abandon me to Sheol; You will not allow Your Faithful One to see the Pit.
You reveal the path of life to me; in Your presence is abundant joy; in Your right hand are eternal pleasures.
No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down on My own. I have the right to lay it down, and I have the right to take it up again. I have received this command from My Father."
The Father and I are one."
God raised Him up, ending the pains of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held by it.
For David says of Him: I saw the Lord ever before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced. Moreover my flesh will rest in hope,
because You will not leave my soul in Hades, or allow Your Holy One to see decay.
You have revealed the paths of life to me; You will fill me with gladness in Your presence.
"Brothers, I can confidently speak to you about the patriarch David: he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn an oath to him to seat one of his descendants on his throne.
Seeing this in advance, he spoke concerning the resurrection of the Messiah: He was not left in Hades, and His flesh did not experience decay.
"God has resurrected this Jesus. We are all witnesses of this.
Therefore, since He has been exalted to the right hand of God and has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit, He has poured out what you both see and hear.
let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene-- whom you crucified and whom God raised from the dead-- by Him this man is standing here before you healthy.
God raised up this man on the third day and permitted Him to be seen,
Why is it considered incredible by any of you that God raises the dead?
and was established as the powerful Son of God by the resurrection from the dead according to the Spirit of holiness.
Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus-- the great Shepherd of the sheep-- with the blood of the everlasting covenant,
For it says: When He ascended on high, He took prisoners into captivity; He gave gifts to people.
But what does "He ascended" mean except that He descended to the lower parts of the earth?
The One who descended is the same as the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.
[A Davidic psalm.] The LORD declared to my Lord: "Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies Your footstool."
He asked them, "How is it then that David, inspired by the Spirit, calls Him 'Lord':
The Lord declared to my Lord, 'Sit at My right hand until I put Your enemies under Your feet'?
"If David calls Him 'Lord,' how then can the Messiah be his Son"
"You have said it," Jesus told him. "But I tell you, in the future you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power and coming on the clouds of heaven."
Then Jesus came near and said to them, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
"I am," said Jesus, "and all of you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power and coming with the clouds of heaven."
Then after speaking to them, the Lord Jesus was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.
Jesus spoke these things, looked up to heaven, and said: Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son so that the Son may glorify You,
for You gave Him authority over all flesh; so He may give eternal life to all You have given Him.
This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and the One You have sent-- Jesus Christ.
I have glorified You on the earth by completing the work You gave Me to do.
Now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with that glory I had with You before the world existed.
For it was not David who ascended into the heavens, but he himself says: The Lord said to my Lord, 'Sit at My right hand
until I make Your enemies Your footstool.'
"Therefore let all the house of Israel know with certainty that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah!"
God exalted this man to His right hand as ruler and Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
But Stephen, filled by the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven. He saw God's glory, with Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and he said,
"Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!"
Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the One who died, but even more, has been raised; He also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us.
So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God.
He is the radiance of His glory, the exact expression of His nature, and He sustains all things by His powerful word. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
But we do see Jesus-- made lower than the angels for a short time so that by God's grace He might taste death for everyone-- crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death.
But this man, after offering one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God.
When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. He laid His right hand on me, and said, "Don't be afraid! I am the First and the Last,
Then I looked, and heard the voice of many angels around the throne, and also of the living creatures, and of the elders. Their number was countless thousands, plus thousands of thousands.
They said with a loud voice: The Lamb who was slaughtered is worthy to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing!
I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth, on the sea, and everything in them say: Blessing and honor and glory and dominion to the One seated on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!
The four living creatures said, "Amen," and the elders fell down and worshiped.