As we look to Christ’s death and resurrection as our only hope, we must also seek to understand the nature of His suffering. In this sermon, Alistair Begg explains that Christ’s suffering was undeserved, unrepeatable, and purposeful. Appreciating the distinct nature of His suffering will allow us to better understand the pain and opposition that we will also face as His followers.
18For Christ also suffered2 once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19in which3 he went and proclaimed4 to the spirits in prison, 20because5 they formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. 21Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.
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