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A Brief History of Easter

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Properly known as the Quartodeciman controversy (quartodeciman referring to the 14th day of the month)—or sometimes called the Passover-Easter controversy—the dispute, sometimes heated, centered on the proper day to celebrate Easter. When exactly were Christians to commemorate the resurrection of Christ Jesus? Though we have every reason to believe the early church celebrated Easter from the apostolic age onward, the first explicit account of the celebration is recorded in the account of Polycarp’s (bishop of Smyrna) visit to Anicetus, bishop of Rome, around the year AD 155 to discuss the practice of Easter in the Eastern churches. At that time, the...

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Pictures of Christ in the Song of Solomon

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The following is extracted from a recent reprint of Hudson Taylor's, Union and Communion: Reflections on the Song of Solomon. *   *   * Throughout most of the history of the Church, the Song of Solomon has been treated primarily as an allegory of Christ’s love for His bride, the Church, and of God’s love for His people. Hudson Taylor, noted Christian missionary to China, similarly expressed this view and penned a small book to unfold the symbols and imagery found in Solomon’s love poem. In so doing, he sets forth in plain language the deep truths of the believer’s personal...

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The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

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The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the bedrock of Christian doctrine. Mentioned more than one hundred times throughout the New Testament, it was the most salient and fundamental point of the apostolic witness. Following the apostasy of Judas Iscariot, when the apostles determined it was necessary to replace him, the determining factor was one who was “a witness to his [Jesus’] resurrection” (Acts 1:22). This very same resurrection was also the primary point Peter emphasized at Pentecost in his sermon. Likewise, Paul’s delivery to the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers on Mars Hill rested on the fact...

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The Miraculous Birth of Jesus

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The doctrine of the Virgin birth is based on two explicit and harmonious accounts recorded in the Synoptic Gospels—Matthew 1:28–25 and Luke 1:26–38, each clearly independent of the other. Both narratives teach the birth of Jesus resulted from a miraculous conception by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary apart from any sexual relationship. This doctrine must be distinguished from latter doctrinal developments concerning Mary, such as her perpetual virginity, her immaculate conception (being free from the stains of original sin), and her assumption into heaven—all of which are without biblical warrant.Possibility and Probability...

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3 Things Jesus Was Thankful For

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Jesus was grateful for daily bread. One day, when the people were hungry, and there was little to eat, Jesus took the resources available to Him. Lifting His eyes to heaven, the Lord blessed the food, and a miracle took place. “And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place. But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have...

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